Mystic Aquarium is the only AZA-accredited aquarium in Connecticut and one of the nation’s finest aquariums. The aquarium offers exhibits such as Birds of Prey, Birds of the Outback, Beluga Whales, African Penguins, Jellies: The Ocean in Motion, Fish and More, Sea Lions and Seals and Challenge of the Deep. In addition, they have a Marine Theater Show featuring California sea lions and a 3D movie called Animal Adventure.
Birds of the Outback is an enclosed aviary that allows guests to feed the birds. This can be lots of fun for the young ones. Birds of Prey runs during the summer months on Saturdays. There are four shows a day and it is FREE with admission to the aquarium.
The Beluga Whales exhibit is a one-acre outdoor exhibit with 750,000 gallons of water. It offers three twenty foot long underwater windows and other windows that lean into the water. Another unique exhibit is Crittercam that the Mystic Aquarium does with the National Geographic Museum. Guests can see an animal’s eye view as they see video recordings that are worn by various animals. The aquarium also offers feeding times for the sharks, rays and at the Discovery labs.
Educational opportunities are offered to teachers, schools, Scouts, families and children at the Connecticut aquarium. Summer camps are also offers with four different age groups from ages 3 to 17.
Where Can I find Coupons & Discounts for Mystic Aquarium?
If you have your ticket validated before you leave the aquarium on the day you bought the ticket, you can visit the aquarium for TWO more consecutive days for FREE.
A Mystic Pass gives you admission to both the Mystic Aquarium and the Mystic Seaport. Adults are $50 and Children are $20 for the Mystic Pass. It also includes a FREE fountain drink at Mystic Aquarium, FREE reusable aluminum water bottle, FREE planetarium show at Mystic Seaport and nice discounts at local hotels, restaurants and stores.
If you are also going to go to the Connecticut Science Center, you can get a combo ticket . Adults are $46 and Youth from 4-17 are $31.
If you have a group of 10 or more people, you qualify for a group rate. Reservations are required for this rate.
Mystic Aquarium offers their own promotions and discounts such as lunch for $1 when you purchase your tickets online. These can be found on their website.
A Military Discounts is offered on the general admission tickets and memberships with a valid Military ID. This discount saves $3 on adult tickets and $2 on children tickets.
Guests that have a Big Y card can receive a discount on general admission for up to four people. Show your card when purchasing tickets and get $4 off adult tickets and $3 off children’s tickets.
Some libraries in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts participate in a Library Pass to Mystic Aquarium. Guests can check out this pass at their local library and show it at the ticket counter to receive $6 off adult tickets and $4 off child’s tickets.
Current members of the Feinstein Junior Scholar Program receive one FREE admission for themselves and one adult on current cards.
You can sign up for an email newsletter for the Mystic Aquarium. It will announce special promotions and discounts.
Hotel and ticket package deals are sometimes on deal base.com. Just type in the city and state and it will bring up the deals in that area.
Entertainment book sometimes has a coupon for the aquarium.
Current promotions are shown on the aquariums Twitter and Facebook page.
Local ads, newspapers and tourist guides may have coupons for the aquarium.
Memberships can save you money if you go to the Mystic Aquarium a few times. Membership starts at $60 and includes FREE visits all year, FREE XE Motion Theater tickets, discount tickets for guests and more. One tip to save $19 if buying a Couple Membership (which costs $119) is to buy the Individual membership at $60 and buy the Add-A-Guest for $40. This saves some money and gives you the option to bring someone else to the aquarium.
Some companies, association and schools are part of the Partner Discount eStore and can receive discounted tickets. You can check with yours to see if they have some available.
Mystic Aquarium Connecticut Details
Regular admission prices are Adults $29, Children 3-17 $21, Children 2 and under FREE, Seniors $26.
Parking is FREE.
Birds of the Outback charges an extra $3 entrance fee. That fee entitles you to a millet seed stick to feed the birds.
Mystic Aquarium is open everyday with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Hours are from December to February - 10am to 4pm. March - 9 am to 4 pm April to October - 9am to 5pm November - 9am to 4pm
Guests are permitted to stay until one hour after closing time.