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“small but worth the trip”
Review of Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium
Ranked #4 of 33 things to do in Mystic
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Journey into the aquatic world at this combination tourist attraction and research facility, where every underwater creature is more amazing than the last. Exhibits put you in close proximity to whales, penguins, sea lions and a 30,000-gallon tank, where exotic fish from around the world strut their stuff.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Agawam, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“small but worth the trip”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Last summer we tried to visit the aquarium on a rainy day during a beach trip; when we saw the line of people waiting to get tickets and couldnt find a parking space, we changed our minds. We decided to visit the aquarium in the off season (we visited in early March) and I am glad we waited.
Perhaps because it had snowed in the morning the place was practically empty. The aquarium is so enjoyable when you can linger as long as you want at each tank or exhibit and not feel like you are blocking someone's view. When we were at the Ray and Shark Touch tank there were only two other families around the large tank. At one of the classrooms;which normally would have been packed with children, the staff member invited us to join him as he had no one in his classroom and he related a wealth of information on the all the crabs and baby alligators in there. We all agreed that watching the beluga whales; (who definetly are curious people watchers) was the highlight of the trip. A close second was the sea lion show.
The only part that we felt was not worth the time or money (an extra $6) was the 4D show. The times say 2pm to 3pm; making it seem as if you are paying for an hour movie; not so ; the movie was around 15 minutes and was on a smaller than expected screen.
All in all, I would recommend an "off season" tour of the aquarium to avoid the crowds. Try to pick a "warm" winter day; as many of the exhibits require walking outside from building to building and the belugas and penquins are viewed from the outside.

Visited March 2013
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Wolcott, Connecticut
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“Birthday Blast”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Always a must when going to Mystic to visit the aqaurium. The Beluga whales are my favorite. I love to watch them swim. We will definitely be going back soon!

Visited March 2013
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Noank, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Everything fishy and fabulous.”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Stop here to keep every visitor enthralled. Every turn inside the huge well designed museum has your sense of space, and color entertained. Lots benches to rest your body and people watch. A bit hard to keep track of children who naturally wander to the next exhibit. Quite dark inside. maybe a daylong jacket or leash will ensure that they stay by your side. Very knowledgeable staff and guides. Ample parking. A must do.

Visited September 2012
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New York
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice place to take the kids”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

The Mystic Aquarium is a nice place to spend a few hours with the kids. There were lots of nice exhibits and the best part was the Titanic Exhibit. That was really stunning and informative. Most of the aquarium is outside and it's not huge but it's a fun place to spend a couple of hours.

Visited April 2012
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Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Small, but lots of hands on”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

My husband and I brought our two small children here, hoping to spend at least half a day. We didn't. We spend about two hours. Most of the aquarium if outside, it doesn't look that way on the website. We were freezing, but in order to see the whales, penguins, and seals (which were the best part) you had to stay outside. Inside they had a lot of touch tanks (sharks, crabs, and rays) which were good for my five year old. Other than that it was very average and small. No more than an hour or two to see everything. For the price I expected a lot more. Not sure if we'd go again, probably if we were desperate for an outting with the kids.

Visited February 2013
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