The boys and I headed to the Mystic Aquarium yesterday and had over 3 1/2 hours of fun! The aquarium was in the process of decorating for the holidays, and the boys enjoyed seeing all of the lights and trees.
Before entering the exhibits, we checked out the Polar Express in 4-D. I think the last time I saw something in 4-D was in Disney World two years ago. It was AWESOME!
My 4-year old was a little freaked out by the noise and 3-D—surprisingly my 2-year old kept the glasses on the whole time! I would probably recommend it for kids who are a little older, simply because of the added effects and the noise.
After the Polar Express short, we checked out the Titanic exhibit, which was also really well done. There were a lot of interactive things to do for kids and adults. What was especially cool was the way the exhibit was designed; you felt like you were underwater walking through the wreckage.
Before the 1:30 sea lion show, we headed to the Ray exhibit, so we could all touch the cow-nosed rays. The boys had a chance to do this before at the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford, and they couldn’t get enough. The rays are so graceful as they fly through the water and it’s fun to feel them glide over your hands.
Next up was the sea lion show. We all got a kick out of these fun-loving sea mammals. They are so smart and clearly loved performing. Not only was it entertaining, but we also learned some interesting facts about sea lions.
We ended our visit by exploring the many tanks and exhibits of the aquarium including the octopus, jellies, and shark tank. The boys got to touch some bamboo sharks and another species of ray. The inside of the aquarium was decked out in lights, and there were several decorated trees throughout the exhibit (including James’ favorite: the candy tree!).
Before leaving, we said hi to the beluga whales, who were busy eating their dinner and working with their trainers. The boys and I had such a wonderful afternoon at the Mystic Aquarium, and the employees and volunteers there could not have been nicer. We will definitely be heading back there soon!
Mystic Aquarium will be having their Winter Wonderlandcelebration on Saturdays and Sundays in December and Thursday, Dec. 27 – Tuesday, Jan. 1. The celebration will include a scuba diving Santa, music, crafts, and much more!
I was provided with free passes to Mystic Aquarium. There was no obligation to write about our experience there: we just LOVED it!