Main Gallery

Main Gallery

With habitats featuring sharks, stingrays, jellies and more, you can explore the depths of our ocean planet like never before! Discover the beauty and mystery of underwater worlds that house thousands of colorful fish and exotic marine animals. Indulge your sense of adventure by looking through, crawling under and even reaching into our unique displays.

Be daring and touch the back of a docile shark at Shark Encounters. Dip your fingers in the cool water at our Discovery Lab and learn how to hold a crab. Marvel at one of the most feared and misunderstood animals in the ocean at Shark Lagoon. Relax as translucent jellies gently float around you. Watch California sea lions zip by the underwater viewing area then see them demonstrate natural behaviors upstairs at the Foxwoods Marine Theater. Learn the inspiring story of our green sea turtle, Charlotte, and see stingrays swim by in Stingray Bay. Get closer to these calm creatures at the Ray Touch Pool just outside the Main Gallery and feel the sensation of a ray glide below your fingertips or even suckle food right from your hand!

Fish & More

Fish & More

Don’t miss:
•    Coral Reef
•    Loggerhead Turtle
•    Moray Eels
•    Hidden Amazon
•    Fluorescent Corals
•    Covanta Cove
•    Jellies: The Ocean in Motion

Discover Long Island Sound

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.

Weird & Wonderful

Weird & Wonderful is an exciting exhibit that showcases some of nature’s most bizarre and fascinating creatures.

Guests can take a walk on the wild side of our watery world with Weird & Wonderful. Spanning more than 1,000 square feet and featuring several new exhibits and animals, guests will marvel at the unique features and adaptations of a diversity of aquatic animals.

  • The “Larger than Life” Giant Japanese spider crabs
  • “Fish-out-of-Water” friends the mudskipper
  • Big-nosed freshwater wonders such as paddlefish and gar
  • Experts in camouflage such as the warty frogfish
  • Additional exhibits include coral reefs and “Glow with the Flow” fluorescents
  • Just to name a few!

By supporting our Animal Parent program you are helping Mystic Aquarium achieve our global mission to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet. Your donation does an ocean of good!