A whale of a great time awaits you at this engaging, educational aquarium
You’ll have a whale of a time at Mystic Aquarium. Visitors can observe seals and sea lions in indoor and outdoor habitats and touch white-spotted bamboo sharks and yellow stingrays. Don’t forget to stop by the Arctic Coast to see Beluga whales as they glide by in the largest outdoor beluga whale habitat in the U.S! Check out animal encounter programs that allow you to see an African penguin up close – or paint with a seal! Walk through the main gallery to learn about the importance of conservation or see dinosaurs come to life at Jurassic Giants, including two 4D theaters and frog and reptile habitats. Pizza, snacks, salads, and wine are available at the Saltwater Cafe in the outdoor plaza.
One Railroad AvenueEssex, CT, 06426Phone: 860-767-0103Toll-Free: 800-377-3987
A Connecticut River adventure by train and boat
Gather family and friends for a sightseeing adventure aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the United States! This 2½-hour narrated journey explores the nature and beauty of the Connecticut River Valley, designated as one of “the last great places on Earth” by The Nature Conservancy. View historic sites such as Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House. Excursions begin and end at the historic 1892 Essex station. Please check our website regularly for 2020 schedules and updates.
Sailing from the Niantic Bay MarinaNiantic, CT, 06357Phone: 860-448-3662Toll-Free: 800-382-2824
Go fishing or go in search of seals, or eagles, aboard this fast, comfortable excursion boat
Looking to reel in a striper, fish for fluke or go after a bluefish with diamond jigs? Or maybe you want to get up close to seals or check out eagles from a vantage point on the water. Or, you just want to relax on board a great boat while watching the sun set. Any and all of these activities are possible when you book with Blackhawk Sportfishing out of Niantic, Conn. On this fast, impeccably maintained boat, an experienced captain and crew will make sure your fishing trip or nature cruise is unforgettable. The boat’s galley serves hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks and sodas, and coolers are welcome. Kids of all ages are also welcome and might even get a chance to honk the horn!
Discover islands, lighthouses and the beauty of sailing as you bask in the sun and salt air aboard the traditional schooner, Argia. This unique trip aboard one of the last sailing ships in New England offers you an ideal way to see the quaint maritime village of Mystic CT and its beautiful shoreline. Step aboard for a journey into the past. Depart from Mystic's historic Bascule Bridge, a national historic landmark, and sail down the Mystic River. Morgan Point Lighthouse and the quaint fishing village of Noank greet you at the river’s mouth, followed by islands and peaceful sailing. Pack a picnic and a bottle of wine (or order snacks from us when you book) to make this excursion truly memorable.
May 1st through mid-October, choose a day or sunset sail aboard ARGIA!
1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85)Oakdale, CT, 06370Phone: 860-443-4367
Splash Pad, dino maze, obstacle tower and playground all part of this adventure village
A day full of fun and adventure awaits everyone at The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village, a 60-acre activity-filled park that features over 50 life-sized dinosaurs on 1.5 miles of nature trails. There’s also a dino-themed maze, where your only escape is sliding through the mouth of a T-rex, a Splash Pad with over 30 dino-themed features including water cannons and dumping buckets, a playground with the newest play technology including a three-dimensional climbing web that swings and vibrates, and Copper Creek Mini Golf. At T-rex Tower, you can slide down a super-slick slide and swing on a zip line. Shopping experiences include an antiques marketplace, fossil shop, mineral shop and toy shop.
Permanent exhibits on the Native and natural history of southern New England include a cool descent into a glacial crevasse from 18,000 years ago. Walk through a 1550 Pequot Village. Interactive computer programs, films providing additional information and interpretation of the exhibits. Two research libraries, one for children. Museum store and restaurant.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; last admission at 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $13; children age 6-15, $10; under 6 free.