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Connecticut's zoos, aquariums, and animal parks are always fascinating

Connecticut's many zoos, aquariums, and animal parks are a fun place to visit for people of all ages. The variety and splendor of exotic animals, farm animals, fish and marine animals is inspiring.
Visits to explore the wonderful diversity of the globe's creatures are just one of the many family activities that parents and kids can enjoy on a vacation in CT.

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Dolphins! 500x250 - Mystic Aquarium - Mystic, CT
Mystic Aquarium

55 Coogan Boulevard Mystic, CT, 06355 Phone: 860-572-5955

Get closer than ever to marine animals

Explore the depths of our ocean planet like never before! Travel Mystic Aquarium’s indoor and outdoor exhibits and visit thousands of creatures including beluga whales, African penguins, rescued seals, colorful fish and more. Be thrilled – or chilled – by the funky features of over 30 different species of amphibians then roll up your sleeves and touch a shark, stingray or even an exotic reptile. Daily complimentary sea lion shows provide a truly unique opportunity to see these fascinating animals up-close and in action. Enhance your visit with one of our exclusive encounter programs where you can go behind the scenes to meet and interact with your favorite animal. Then step in to ‘Jurassic Giants: A Dinosaur Adventure’ to encounter 12 animatronic dinosaurs. Plus, special events and activities all year long make the Aquarium a destination worth revisiting often. SEA more at MysticAquarium.org.
Red Panda - Beardsley Zoo - Bridgeport, CT
Beardsley Zoo

1875 Noble Avenue Bridgeport, CT, 06610 Phone: 203-394-6565

It really is all happening at this activity-based, family-oriented zoo

More than 300 animals await visitors to the Beardsley Zoo, where you can spend a couple of hours – or the whole day. Animal inhabitants feature many endangered and threatened species, including the Siberian tiger, Andean condor, ocelot, red wolf, giant anteater and golden lion tamarin. But you can also take a look at red pandas, boa constrictors, bison, bald eagles, bobcats and rheas. Special kids’ programs for everyone from tots to teens get the whole family involved, as do themed scavenger hunts and other special zoo events. Grab a bite at the Peacock Cafe or enjoy lunch al fresco in the Picnic Grove. There’s also a colorful carousel to round out your perfect day at the zoo.