Discover Long Island Sound
Discover Long Island Sound is an immersive experience that highlights our local estuary through digital interactives, a hands-on watershed model and a touch experience with native invertebrates. Children and adults alike will enjoy the nearly 12 foot long water table complete with a waterwheel, rain cloud and interactive dams.
The interactive water table models the Connecticut River watershed and offers a tactile and free-play experience, especially for younger guests, and illustrates the connections, dynamics, and human impacts from rivers to the sea.
Encounter breathing, clawing, roaring dinos that come to life! Travel back in time to discover 12 animatronic dinosaurs as you trek through an indoor dino trail. Your heart won’t stop racing with the anticipation of what’s to come as dinosaurs lurk around every corner. As you learn from their past, you’ll discover how to help protect the future.
Paleontologists are making new discoveries about dinosaurs all the time, but there is so much we still don’t know. Start making your own discoveries as you explore these magnificent animals of the past along with some of their living relatives!
With over 30 different species, you’ll discover funky features, learn the mystery behind nocturnal species and be thrilled (or chilled) while surrounded by predator frogs in a uniquely designed display. Hold your breath and dive into the center of an aquatic territory then hop on over to see familiar faces of local amphibians. Witness the beginning stages of a frog’s life cycle and learn how you can help protect frogs. With nearly one out of every three species facing the threat of extinction, you’re the key to guarding their future. Fun interactive panels will allow your frog knowledge to expand in leaps and bounds. You’ll learn more than you could imagine about frogs’ adaptations, features, and environments.
Whether you hop, jump, leap or crawl – just be sure to come see frogs!
Seals and Sea Lions
Stroll through the winding paths from the Arctic Coast to the rocky shores of the Pribilof Islands at the Pacific Northwest exhibit. Watch as harbor seals, Northern fur seals and Steller sea lions glide through the water and bask in the sun on the beach.
Be sure to catch one of the feeding and training sessions and hear the amazing stories of some of the rescued residents in this exhibit.
Our Blue Park
“Our Blue Park” takes guests on a photographic journey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. Designated in September of 2016, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off the coast of New England was the first marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Peter Auster was instrumental in providing the scientific rationale for conservation of the area.
Generously supported by the Naktenis Family Foundation
Mystic Aquarium seeks to connect with adults and children alike to raise awareness about conservation -locally and globally – through meaningful engagements like “Our Blue Park” to ultimately spark action. The vibrant imagery of the exhibit will engage visitors in learning the importance of this region-one of the best remaining undisturbed ecosystems in the north Atlantic. Its ongoing protection is vital to current and future scientific research.
Hear the click-clack of our boardwalk as you walk through the Marsh Trek. See if you can spot native animals like Eastern painted turtles, American bullfrogs and Mallard ducks. You may even luck out and enjoy a rare visit from a great blue heron!
How many can you find?
On any sunny day, dozens of frogs and turtles of all sizes take advantage of the warmth.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer shines in an all-new 4-D Experience. When young Rudolph is teased for his red nose and runs away from Christmastown, he sets off on a series of adventures, meets new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius along the way, and escapes the clutches of the Abominable Snow Monster. When an epic snowstorm threatens Christmas, can he rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D uses the same stop motion animation as the beloved television classic to deliver a visually brilliant, high definition 3-D experience.
Come face to face with some of the world’s most strange and mysterious shark species. These extraordinarily intelligent underwater giants each exhibit unique behaviors to navigate their ever-changing environment. Essential to the fragile balance of our ocean’s health, Shark: A 4-D Experience® explores the complex nature of these magnificent creatures’ survival instincts. Stunning 3-D and special effects place you right in the middle of the action as sharks reveal their hidden traits while roaming an eerily beautiful underwater landscape.
Note: Please use discretion if your child is easily startled or if you have medical conditions related to your back, heart or brain. The 4-D Theater experience contains lighting effects, including strobe lights. All shows subject to change and availability.
The Lost World 4D takes you into a whole new world of adventure, forty million years in the making. Bob is a stressed executive who heads to a deserted island for a much-needed vacation. It’s a perfect place to relax, with sandy beaches and coconut trees… until his paradise turns out to be home to a lost world of prehistoric dinosaurs! Fierce Raptors, flying Pterosaurs, giant Triceratops and Stegosaurus, and the mighty T-Rex all roam this hostile world. Join Bob and his unlikely rescuer, Professor Lizzie, as they outrun these terrifying predators. Take a wild jeep ride through dense tropical rainforest and soar above this forgotten island in the flight of your life. The Lost World 4D is a comic, fast-paced, entertaining and immersive 3D adventure ideally suited for spectacular 4D effects.
Check the info board inside the entrance to find the show time that works for you!
All shows subject to change and availability.