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Visit Essentials

Hours of Operation

10:00am to 5:00pm; last ticket sold at 3:00pm; admission permitted through 5:00pm closure

Hours are subject to change without notice.

In the event of severe weather, please call 860.572.5955 or check our social media channels for updates.


Mystic Aquarium is located in Mystic just off Exit 90 on Interstate 95, about 10 miles east of New London along Connecticut’s southeastern shore.

Parking is always free.

Marine Theater Trainers And Sea Lions

Foxwoods Marine Theater

Our staff dedicates themselves tirelessly to the well-being of the California sea lions in our care. While we are proud that educational information on sea lions is delivered with your entertainment in mind, many of the behaviors exhibited by the animals in the show are an important part of animal care and enrichment.

❗ PLEASE NOTE: The Foxwoods Marine Theater will be closed Monday, October 26 – Thursday, October 29. We apologize for the inconvenience. 


Saltwater Cafe

At our onsite cafe, you’ll find a family-friendly menu with made-to-order food options including burgers, flatbread pizzas, fresh salads and more plus a variety of snacks and beverages. The Saltwater Cafe offers a tasty break; allowing you to fuel up for even more Aquarium fun.

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Saltwater Cafe food service provided by Lancer Hospitality.

Gift Store

Open Daily 10am to 5pm

At Mystic Aquarium, conservation and sustainability is at the core of our mission to care for and protect our ocean planet and beyond. That is why every aspect of our business – including the items sold in our Gift Store – embodies our eco-friendly initiative.

Shop from a diverse collection of aquarium-themed gifts made from recycled items including reusable bags, clothing, jewelry, home accents, plush animals, toys and more. We even have select items available through our online store.