Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration

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  • Terrible customer service

    Sep 14, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review

    Lovely aquarium - hands on exhibits are great and nothing beats seeing Beluga whales!!

    Cons: ~Admission is expensive....AAA discount or others would be nice
    ~Customer service lacks when really needed!!

    Summary: My family has been past visitors of this aquarium and we love it. However, we recently encountered a problem with tickets we pre-purchased from another vendor. The aquarium denied us admission with those tickets. There are a lot of specifics around this ... read more

  • A Mystic Must-See

    Jul 27, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great exhibits, educational, lots of fun!
    Cons: Expensive.

    Summary: Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration 55 Coogan Blvd Mystic, CT Exit 90 off I-95 If you plan to be in southeastern Connecticut, you have to take time to see the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. We have a membership and visit ... read more

  • Entertaining for the kids...Getting Run-down.

    Jun 3, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful Displays. Entertaining Shows. Great Variety of Sea Life.
    Cons: Run down buildings, crowded, long lines, bad food, expensive shopping

    Summary: The Mystic Aquarium is a great, educational family outing. You get to learn all about sea creatures and wildlife and see them in their natural habitat. They have a lot of variety of wildlife and sea creatures. My children especially enjoyed the ... read more

  • Explore for a Day!

    Dec 10, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Three day admission for the price of one, some lovely exhibits, great staff, wowser programs.
    Cons: Ray pool needs some work, restaurant not worth the price.

    Summary: Our recent visit to Mystic, Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration was inspired by a fun, sad story out of Northern California. It seems a Steller’s Sea Lion by the name of Astro had crashed a Walk-a-thon near the San ... read more

  • A fun way to spend the day -and two or more

    Aug 24, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting exhibits;many different animals and species;small but easy to navigate layout.
    Cons: It cost $50 for two people.Closes at 5 pm in the summer.

    Summary: Most of it is outdoors so its weather dependent. The sea lion show and feeding was kind of hokey but fun. It was interesting to see the penguins,and i really liked seeing the sharks and the piranhas-you can actually see their razor-sharp teeth up ... read more

  • Magical Mystic Aquarium

    Feb 20, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: unusual ocean archaeology exhibits, beautiful outdoor exhibits, penguins and beluga whales
    Cons: indoors too dark and crowded, my mother had unknown issues with the sea lion show

    Summary: This past summer I had the pleasure of revisiting the two nicest aquariums I've ever visited, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. The Baltimore aquarium, while still very nice, didn't quite live up to my ... read more

  • It's a nice day trip

    Jul 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: easy to walk around, fun for children, hands on experiences, dolphin show
    Cons: mostly outdoors - hot in the summer, cold in the winter

    Summary: Mystic aquarium is nice place to spend a few hours looking at and learning about the different animals of the sea. Not only can you just look at some of these animals, but there are also special tables you can go to to touch some. When I was there I ... read more

  • A nice, but small, aquarium

    May 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Beluga whale
    Cons: crowds, difficult to get the kiddies up to the exhibits

    Summary: We visited Mystic Aquarium last year during spring break. The place was packed with people. It was very crowded and we could hardly get our stroller through to see the exhibits. It was also VERY cold for spring, so I would recommend a summer visit. ... read more

  • Fascinating Fish and More

    Nov 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: outdoor exhibits, informative, friendly staff
    Cons: Challenge of the Deep,

    Summary: My husband and I have a thing about aquariums. If we're traveling to a city or town that has one we must visit it. So, since we were staying in Mystic, Connecticut, we knew we were headed for the aquarium. Having never visited it before, we didn't ... read more

  • Ahh, Thanksgiving! Turkey, cranberry sauce and...JELLYFISH??

    Nov 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful variety of sea life! A Beluga Whale!
    Cons: none, really!

    Summary: So we spent Thanksgiving at my brother's in Connecticut and since we had to drive right by the Mystic Aquarium on the way home it was high time we check it out! I had heard that they'd renovated and expanded the place and it had been many years, so we ... read more


    Nov 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: infant friendly,educational,lots to do
    Cons: gross food

    Summary: While up visiting my family in connecticut las week I thought it would be a great idea to bring my son there. I had not been there since the renovations and I also wanted to check it out for myself. When first walking up to the Mystic ... read more

  • Something Mystic about this Aquarium

    Oct 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Clean, great staff, good environments for animals and humans, plenty of free parking, easy drive!
    Cons: outdoor exhibits will mean you have to bundle up in winter weather

    Summary: Have you ever seen how huge a Beluga whale is? Yes, they are the smallest of the whales but I really expected them to be more the size of a dolphin. The photo above depicts the beluga exhibit which is entirely outdoors. It's actually easier to see the ... read more

  • Coolest Place in Town

    Oct 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great shows and displays, local area has even more to offer
    Cons: pricey

    Summary: It has been about three years since I was in Mystic,Ct. But when I and my family lived there we could not wait to go to the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. Back in the 1990's the new polar bear and penguin exhibits had just ... read more

  • Nice fish, but getting pricey

    Oct 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of fish and animals.
    Cons: Price

    Summary: My kids love this aquarium. Tips - go on a weekday when it's not too hot or raining. Otherwise- the crowds are enormous from people trying to escape the heat (it's well air-conditioned) or the rain. Another good time is late in the day on a weekend. ... read more

  • So much fun, we had a Wedding there!

    Oct 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great indoor/outdoor combination of exhibits
    Cons: dolphin show lacking

    Summary: Mystic Marine Life Aquarium does not have the Grand Indoor Exhibit like the New England Aquarium (Boston) and does not have the vast display of outside attractions like Seaworld (Orlando, San Diego), but the combination together and the other attractions ... read more

  • Is it worth the cost?

    Oct 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beluga Whales
    Cons: HIGH Price

    Summary: I would only visit this aquarium if I ran out of other things to do. I am a member of the Mystic Aquarium and have enjoyed it. When we went to the aquarium, we found that it is so expensive to go for one day that it was really a better deal ... read more

  • What a sight!

    Oct 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Seeing marine mammals that you would not otherwise see
    Cons: Parking can be difficult if you arrive too late

    Summary: The moment I entered the Mystic Aquarium I was impressed with its layout and cleanliness. The first attraction I looked at was the Beluga Whales. There were plenty of areas to observe the Whales in action. There was plenty of room for each visitor to ... read more

  • Connecticut's hidden gem

    Sep 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting in many different facets
    Cons: Out in the boonies

    Summary: I first visited this aquarium when I was a year old (no, I am not reviewing that visit). The next time was 4 years ago when I was working in Connecticut. It is a refreshing and unconventional aquarium which works hard not only to show you the exotic ... read more

  • Mystic Marine Life Aquarium

    Sep 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very convenient to Interstate 95.
    Cons: Small to midsize exhibits.

    Summary: Mystic Marine Life Aquarium I have visited many aquariums in my life, and although this is clearly not the best of them, it certainly ranks very highly. It is certainly my favorite aquarium in the New England area. It is easy to get to ... read more

  • Worth a Visit

    Sep 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderfully presented animal exhibits
    Cons: expensive

    Summary: Usually once a year my husband and I take our two kids, 5 and 2 years old to visit the aquarium. It's an easy commute and conveniently located a hop skip and jump off of I95. The aquarium is open seven days a week although I'm not exactly sure of their ... read more

  • Mixed Feelings about Mystic Aquarium

    Aug 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: variety of fish/mammal/bird/invertebrate species, clean, parklike grounds, handicapped-friendly, aquarium participates in noble research/rehab/conservation efforts, terrific gift shop
    Cons: expensive, crowded, marine mammal demos not as good as they used to be, inadequate information posted about animals, shameless merchandising

    Summary: I have visited the Mystic Aquarium since I was a child. I have a fascination with fishes, and I admire Mystic's efforts in research, rescue, and conservation. Yet I write this review with a sense of unease. In recent years, Mystic Aquarium has ... read more

  • Perfect way to spend an afternoon

    Jul 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful exhibits, helpful and friendly staff, low admission price
    Cons: None that I can think of!

    Summary: I visited Mystic in 1999 while on a weekend trip to visit some long-distance friends. My girlfriend and I had a day to ourselves, and asking around, everyone's opinion was that the aquarium was a must-see. Man, were they right! Mystic ... read more

  • Great place for the entire family

    Jul 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Kids love it as well as adults
    Cons: Expensive

    Summary: I have been to Mystic Aquarium many times over the years and it just keep getting better and better! It is a wonderful place to bring your kids to learn, explore and delight! The exhibits and shows are top notch! There are hands on activities for the ... read more


    Jul 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting and fun shows with penguins, dolphins, and seals/sea lions
    Cons: hot in the inside. Crowded

    Summary: I had been to the Mystic Aquarium on a school trip with my son when he was in elementary school. My husband had never seen and talked about going there for years. Finally we drove the hour from our home in Connecticut to Mystic, paid the $15 and walk ... read more

  • The Thrills of a Mystic Adventure

    Jul 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good exhibits
    Cons: a bit pricey at the gift shop

    Summary: I live in RI which is about a one hour drive to Mystic. I have been there at least 5 times and would go there this minute, if it were permissable to get up and leave my job. I have been going to Mystic Aquarium since I was three years old, and ... read more

  • Amazing attractions at Mystic

    Jul 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: to many to list
    Cons: none

    Summary: Three Years ago, in the summer time, My husband and I and our two kids, joined a couple and their three kids to go on a weekend trip to, Rhode Island, on the way back, we were traveling through Connecticut, and decided to stop, and bring the kids to the ... read more

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  • Avoid Mystic Aquarium

    Oct 6, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: none
    Cons: overpriced and dirty penguins seemed lethargic

    Summary: Since I love visiting aquariums I visited 4 aquariums this year, Newport KY, Baltimore MD, Camden NJ, and Mystic. My 2 favorites were Newport KY. and Camden NJ. I found them both to be clean, interesting exhibits, unique presentations, both had tunnels ... read more

  • A nice place to stop in Mystic

    Apr 17, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: The penguins and seal lions.
    Cons: It really needs to "kick it up a notch".

    Summary: I had a coupon so myself and a friend decided to stop on the way to the casino. I have been several times a few years back and I have to say not much has changed. I personally like the New England Aquarium in Boston much better, Mystic is about half the ... read more

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