Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration

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Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration featuring marine life

Uncover the mysteries of the bottom of the ocean and its amazing marine animals when you explore this aquarium’s interactive displays and touch pools.

Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration is a state-of-the-art destination for discovery in Mystic. Explore the depths of the ocean as you make your way through the aquarium’s exhibits, watching jellyfish float by and sea lions playfully swimming through the water. Learn about fearsome sharks or feed a ray from your hand. You might spot African penguins, beluga whales and American alligators or see a sea lion take the stage for a live theater show.

Begin your visit to the Mystic Aquarium with a trip through the main galleries. You’ll see a shimmering coral reef and fluorescent corals, as well as a mass of multicolored jellies. Check out loggerhead turtles, moray eels and barracuda, or learn about the story of the aquarium’s green sea turtle, Charlotte. The Shark Lagoon and Shark Encounters exhibits reveal a different side of the much-feared creatures. See stingrays and feel the skin of a ray as it glides underneath your fingers at the Touch Pool.

California sea lions are a breathtaking sight as they whirl around the underwater viewing area. Learn more about these playful creatures at the Foxwoods Marine Theater. More interactive experiences await at the Discovery Lab, where you can learn how to hold a crab. The aquarium’s Arctic Coast exhibit contains the largest outdoor beluga whale enclosure in the country. Kids will delight in the Exploration: Wild exhibit, which takes visitors on an exciting trail through some of the world’s most fascinating habitats.

Make your way along the wooden boardwalk of the Marsh Trek and spy turtles, bullfrogs and ducks amid the lily pads. The 4-D theater and National Geographic Theater are ideal for sitting back and experiencing captivating documentaries on the big screen.

Check the aquarium’s program for feeding times, educational presentations and animal encounters. If you are hungry, take a break at the aquarium’s Penguins Café. Stop by the gift store to pick up a souvenir for your visit.

Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration is less than 10 minutes’ drive from downtown Mystic. Discounted tickets are available for children and seniors. This attraction is open daily except for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.

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Hyatt Place Mystic
Hyatt Place Mystic
3 out of 5
224 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT
The price is $87 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
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"Great location! Staff was great!"

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Hilton Mystic
Hilton Mystic
3.5 out of 5
20 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT
The price is $99 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration and Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (979 reviews)
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Holiday Inn Express Mystic, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Mystic, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
6 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT
The price is $103 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in the heart of Mystic, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. Mystic Seaport ...
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Holiday Inn Express Mystic, an IHG Hotel
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Howard Johnson by Wyndham Mystic
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Mystic
2 out of 5
253 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT
The price is $50 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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Hilton Mystic
Hilton Mystic
3.5 out of 5
20 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT
The price is $99 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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Hyatt Place Mystic
Hyatt Place Mystic
3 out of 5
224 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT
The price is $87 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
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Holiday Inn Express Mystic, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Mystic, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
6 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, CT
The price is $103 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
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Days Inn by Wyndham Mystic
Days Inn by Wyndham Mystic
2 out of 5
55 Whitehall Avenue, I-95 and Rte 27 at Exit 90, Mystic, CT
The price is $54 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic
Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic
2.5 out of 5
6 Hendel Dr, Mystic, CT
The price is $101 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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Mystic River Hotel & Suites Near Casinos
Mystic River Hotel & Suites Near Casinos
2.5 out of 5
9 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic, CT
The price is $77 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Quality Inn Mystic - Groton
Quality Inn Mystic - Groton
2.5 out of 5
48 Whitehall Ave, Mystic, CT
The price is $52 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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Residence Inn by Marriott Mystic Groton
Residence Inn by Marriott Mystic Groton
3 out of 5
40 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic, CT
The price is $134 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Residence Inn by Marriott Mystic Groton
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