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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 presentation are an important part of animal care and enrichment.

Sea Lion Presentations take place weekdays at 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm.

The Foxwoods Marine Theater is open for walk-through viewing only on weekends.

Foxwoods Marine Theater schedule subject to change without notice.

Aquarium Map

visitor map

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.

Saltwater Cafe logo

Saltwater Cafe food service provided by Lancer Hospitality.

Gift Store

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.

Open Daily 10am to 5pm

Magic Memories

Upon entering Mystic Aquarium, our friends from Magic Memories are ready to capture the excitement of your visit with a commemorative photo keepsake! For inquiries about the service or to view your photos online, visit