Mystic Aquarium :: Our Mothers Day Family Day

Mystic Aquarium :: Our Mothers Day Family Day

We had a great opportunity last weekend that I just couldn’t pass up. We were invited to Mystic Aquarium for Mother’s Day weekend. Mystic Aquarium is located in Mystic, Connecticut, a small New England town that became famous for its shipbuilding and quintessential New England charm. Mystic Marinelife Aquarium was founded in 1973 to serve as a living laboratory and major public exhibit, highlighting some of the most intriguing species in the world.

I can tell you that the last time T.J. and I visited the aquarium was at least ten years ago, if not more, when we first were dating. At that time Mystic, Connecticut was just a short forty five minute ride from where we lived in Rhode Island. Now, from where we are in New York, its about an hour and forty minutes. Regardless of how long the ride takes, I can guarantee it is worth your travel time.

I was most excited to see how G was going to react to seeing all the animals. We had told her the night before we were going to see fish and I think the excitement got the best of her since she awoke promptly at 4:30am! I guess that wasn’t too bad since we wanted to be on the road early.

Upon entering the first exhibit G ran to see was the Beluga Whales. You cannot miss these spectacular creatures. They swim right up to the glass to greet you as you can see in this first photo below.

beluga whales at mystic aquarium

Next up was the Sea Lions. G made her way there through one of the various rock tunnels that lead up to the exhibit. G was interested until one big guy let out a huge groan and she got a little spooked! Who wouldn’t? Its not like we hear a big grunt like that everyday. Then, animals a bit closer to her size, the penguins! These little guys are a hit with their swimming, waddling, and grooming.

mystic aquarium

One aspect of Mystic Aquarium that I really like is that its not overwhelming. Sure, there is plenty to see, but you can make your way around to all the exhibits in about two hours time, have some lunch at the Penguins Cafe, and take another spin around for a second look at the animals. You won’t leave feeling like you missed anything. And, if you decided to extend your stay overnight or for the weekend your ticket is valid for two additional days. Just be sure to have it validated on your way out so you can come back! Another bonus, parking is always FREE!

At nearly 2.5 years old G managed to walk the entire aquarium. It was only as we neared the end of our day did her legs get tired and we put her in the stroller. Oh, and I walked too which I think is a pretty good accomplishment for an 8 month pregnant lady! 🙂

The day was also rainy on and off which isn’t a deal breaker if you decide to visit. There is plenty to see and do inside as well. One of the main exhibits is the Main Gallery. Inside you will find many tanks full of different species of fish like sharks, a coral reef, turtles, crabs and other sea urchins. G ran through the Main Gallery as if she had won the toddler lottery. There are even several exhibits where you can get hands on with the animals if you are brave enough!

mystic aquarium main gallery

jelly fish

Chicken Fingers and French Fries at the Penguin Cafe!

Chicken Fingers and French Fries at the Penguin Cafe!

Mystic Aquarium Gift Store

No trip is complete with out a few items from the gift store! We bought a “mama” turtle, a pink “baby” turtle and a beluga whale! All of which cuddled with G while she napped on the nearly two hour ride home. I call it a successful day for all!

If you want to plan your own visit to Mystic Aquarium you can purchase your tickets online here or see what tickets best suit your trip and purchase them there upon arrival. For more information about the exhibits while you plan your trip you can click here. And, now through May 31st you can add lunch, for only $1, to your ticket price!

Hour of Operation:

April – October: 9:00am to 5:00pm
November: 9:00am to 4:00pm
December – February: 10:00am to 4:00pm
March: 9:00am to 4:00pm

For all things social you can connect with Mystic Aquarium on their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages!

I received free admission and lunch for my family at Mystic Aquarium in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own and not influenced by outside sources.

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About Candice

Candice is a mom of three under 5. Originally from the smallest state of Rhode Island, now living in Connecticut. From working gal to stay-at-home mom, she is walking the path of the Modern Mom.


  1. Kim Bergeron says:

    Putting it on my must go places for summer! I love acquariums! From NH, but will head there for sure!! Thanks!

  2. Oh how fun! That was a perfect way to spend Mother’s Day!

  3. I love bringing my kids to the aquarium, there’s something for them at every age. AND our local library has passes we can check out to get discounted tix in the summer – it’s a great deal!!

  4. I am so sad that I missed this. It looks like you all had a great time. I love your pictures!

  5. What a wonderful day for Mystic! We LOVE that aquarium- Boston is so expensive and parking… Can’t wait for our summer journey to CT! Thank you for sharing your Mother’s Day with us 🙂

  6. Awww, that is so much fun! What a lovely day to spend at the aquarium! I am making plans to visit this summer for sure, it’s been way too long since we’ve been! 😉 (Happy belated mommy day too!)

  7. How cute is your little one with that giant turtle? 🙂 I absolutely love aquariums – I love sea life for that matter. What a fun way to spend Mother’s Day exploring with the kids.

  8. J Timothy Quirk says:

    I enjoyed reading your post about the Mystic Aquarium! It’s always a great trip to visit there and it seems like yours was no exception! I’ve always liked the penguins but my daughter, especially during the Spongebob phase, loved the jellyfish!

  9. What a spectacular and exhausting day!! So cute there with her sea turtle.

  10. Oh how much fun!!! I miss going to the Mystic Aquarium! We always have the best time. Can we meet there one day? It has been too long!

  11. It’s so amazing that Mystic Aquarium, with all of its magic and learning, is so close to us. Thank you for reminding me that my grandkids need a trip back to Mystic! Beautiful photos and beautiful post…

  12. What fun! It’s been a long time since we’ve gone because of the drive, but the kids loved it, too. Sounds like your little one had a very memorable day. 🙂

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