Mystic Aquarium is home to thousands of species of marine mammals, fish, invertebrates and reptiles. Regardless of whether they have scales, fins or flippers, our animal ambassadors provide the essential connection to our ocean planet and its conservation. And we provide them with the best possible care!
Admire the grace and beauty of beluga whales from above and below the water in the largest outdoor beluga whale exhibit in the United States.
Mystic Aquarium has a colony of over 30 endangered African penguins. Considered a bird, penguins don’t fly but can swim up to 15mph. You’ll want to race in to see them soon!
Seals and Sea Lions
One of these things is not like the other! Guests will enjoy learning the adorable differences between the five different species that call Mystic Aquarium home.
Among the most misunderstood species of the animal kingdom, visitors will be in the know and in touch with a variety of sharks.
You’ll also meet an octopus, clownfish, seahorses, sting rays, tons of jellies and fish galore!
World-class animal care is our highest priority here at Mystic Aquarium. Due to the current uncertainty regarding transmission of COVID-19 and concern for the marine animals in our care, we have reimagined animal encounter programs. Because each unique experience fosters a deeper appreciation for the animals, our animal care professionals worked hard to develop new, unique and engaging programs that can be provided during these unprecedented times.
Research & Rescue
With a longstanding commitment to ocean conservation and citizen science, Mystic Aquarium tackles global and local issues, and invites the community to be part of the solution.
Learn more about our laboratory research, field research and scientists who are working to promote healthy oceans of biodiversity and sustainable resources for current and future generations.
Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program supports animals in need, educates the public about the marine environment and its inhabitants and promotes our mission to inspire people to care about and protect our ocean planet.
Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavillion
The Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavillion offers above- and below-water viewing for more than 35 resident African penguins. Feeding times vary through the day so check the schedule as you arrive at the Aquarium and stop by during one of our penguin feeding sessions.
Visit the largest outdoor beluga whale exhibit in the United States! Our Arctic Coast exhibit is an acre of glacial streams, northern evergreens and crystal blue water.
Watch the beluga whales explore this 750,000-gallon exhibit from above and below the water! Witness the gentle nature of these animals at a series of three 20-foot-long underwater viewing windows. Hear from trainers during a feeding and training session and learn how the belugas’ natural behaviors help them to survive.
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.
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.
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.