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Mystic Aquarium

55 Coogan Boulevard

Our Mission

The mission of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., which includes Mystic Aquarium, Ocean Exploration Center and JASON Learning, is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration.

Sea Research seeks to achieve this mission by:

- Creating thought-provoking encounters with marine life

-  Presenting elements of human history as it relates to the sea

-  Promoting the emerging science of deep-water marine archaeology

-  Conducting research that advances aquatic animal husbandry and health

-  Serving as an interpreter of marine science discoveries and conservation issues

-  Sharing resources and expertise with the scientific and education communities

-  Pursuing these endeavors with a commitment to excellence and innovation


Tina Smrkovski

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Nice small park. Takes about half a day. Animals look healthy with clean enclosures. Staff knowledgeable about the animals and habitats. Special dinosaur exhibit has very large, life like models of multiple dinosaurs. Many frogs, fish and touch tanks including sharks, rays, crabs. Daughter loved the trip.

Soul Phin

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Been dying to go to this aquarium for a long time. It’s not what I expected but it’s Actually a cool Aquarium. They have exhibit where you can touch certain string rays and a cool bird exhibit where you can feed and hold the birds. One women was extremely rude when I ask her a question about the pigeons exhibit but the gentleman that was working at the sea lion exhibit made up for her rudeness. He was extremely knowledgeable and professional as I asked question about the sea lions history. It’s refreshing to know he just didn’t show up for a paycheck. He was more than accommodating and his willingness to educate me was very appreciated. Just wish there were more exhibit for adults. I guess it’s an absolute must visit if you have small children. Just be aware there may be allot of crying and screaming children at certain exhibit.

Sarah K

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
This is a great spot for a day trip! The aquarium is beautiful and well-kept. It is big enough to keep any family entertained for 4-6 hours, but not so big that you have to leave feeling like you didn’t get to see everything. There are the typical tanks of aquatic life, plus a sea lion show, a sting ray touch and feed tank, two different 4D movies, and always a couple of visiting special exhibits. You walk outside between exhibits, and there at the several large habitats outside as well, so plan for that. The cafe there is efficient but the food is not particularly good. You are allowed to bring lunch and snacks inside the aquarium, so that is what I would suggest doing. We also saw many families leave the aquarium to eat a cooler lunch at their cars and then come back inside. This is an expensive day trip (about $40/adult and &25/child). Skip the long entrance line by buying your tickets online ahead of time!

Alyse Munoz

Sunday, June 10, 2018
We make sure to stop here anytime we come to Connecticut. It's great for little kids, and ocean lovers. It's an easy day trip with plenty of easy walking for strollers and small kids. The touch ponds and aquariums inside can entertain us for several hours. Its across from Mystic Village so we usually pair this trip with a great lunch, dinner or ice cream.

food m

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Great day with a family. Very expensive but, it was a nice day. There is now a dinosaur 4d movie and exhibit. Its a short 30 min movie. The entire aquarium is not that big. If you don't take your time it could be done in about 2 hours. If you take your time youbcould probably spend about 5 hrs. The lines are always long getting in so if you can purchase them online. If your active military there was a special discount for this month (July). You can bring your own food in or some people eat out in their cars. If you'd like there is a cafe that has burgers, chicken finger, french fries, pizza and veggie burgers. There is also shows but not as many as in the past. It would be nice if there were more exhibits for the money. One more thing.. there is a gift shop right next to the cafe so there is no way kids will miss it ( good luck).

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