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Mystic Aquarium, Connecticut — The Best In New England?

by Anura Guruge


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Taken with a rented Nikon D500.

These pictures taken on August 17, 2016.
We visited the aquarium 3 days running!

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Teischan (now 10) was really captivated by the ‘New England Aquarium‘, in Boston, when we visited in May 2016 (though that, by a long chalk, was not her first time). She had however never been to the one in Mystic — we having gone there prior to her birth. Given that Mystic Aquarium was now been hailed as the best in New England I decided to take her there while her memories of Boston were still fresh.

She loved the Mystic Aquarium. Said it was better than Boston — which is true. Mystic is larger and has more variety (and exhibits) with the two Beluga whales and the alligators making all the difference.

Nearly all of the online reviews I saw for this aquarium, in one way or another, mentioned that the prices were high. Well, that is NOT really the case. As a Senior I paid just $3 more than what I would have paid in Boston albeit with Teischan’s ticket $8 more expensive. BUT, here is the rub. While standing in line to buy the tickets I noticed on the HUGE ‘ticket option’ board that the STANDARD tickets (which we were buying) were valid for 3 days! Yes, I appreciate that this enticing offer will not work for everybody — BUT it did for us. We were staying just around the corner and were scheduled to be in Mystic for 3-days. BINGO. So we did visit 3 times, once each day and that was NEAT. That made it extra special. So please NOTE — tickets valid for 3 days.

Yes, Boston has a BIGGER central tank, larger jellyfish displays and a much more expansive penguin display. Plus its location right on the harbor is cool.

But Mystic has a huge outdoor area with the Belugas, sea lions, seals, penguins and turtles. They even have an aviary. And then the ALLIGATORS.

The prices for the shows, ‘feedings’ and refreshments aren’t that bad either. Nearly all the shows — and we saw “Angry Birds 4D” (and it is indeed 4D) and “Wonders of the Arctic” (in the “National Geographic” Theater). At $6/seat that was a good deal. $3 to feed the stingrays and (I think) $3 to feed the birds.

No questions. No hesitation. I wholeheartedly recommend this experience. IF you can make sure that you can at least go twice since you will definitely see more and savor things differently on the second visit.


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Sunset Cruise On Schooner “Argia” Off Mystic, Connecticut.

by Anura Guruge


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Taken with a rented Nikon D500.

Evening of Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

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Teischan and I both like being out on the water, and doing so on boats. So doing a cruise or ferry crossing of some sort was definitely on the agenda for our 3-day jaunt to Mystic, Connecticut — primarily to visit the famed aquarium.

I had seen ads for the ‘Argia‘ schooner, online, even before we left. So I had made a mental note that it could be a possibility. On our first time into Mystic per se, as opposed to the aquarium which is situated just outside (right on I-95 (to speak)), we saw a sign for the ‘Argia Cruises’, pointing down a side road, just before we got into town. I turned in — and it was easy enough to find since they have their own wharf. The schooner (along with a couple of others) was at dock getting ready for its 10am morning cruise. It looked fun. Teischan liked it. It was a perfect day. The forecast was great for the whole day. So I got two tickets for the Sunset Cruise which departed Mystic at 5:30pm.

It worked out well. Very pleasant and educational. Though we had taken the Amtrak from Boston to New York many times I had not realized that when crossing the Mystic River the train goes over a ROTATING (beige colored) bridge. [See pictures above.] This is just beyond the Route 1 drawbridge in Mystic — more or less the first thing we had to negotiate on the cruise.

The name refers to a water nymph on the Tiber River in Rome.

100hp diesel engine is used while going through the river and Mystic harbor. It is only under sail, for about 30 minutes, when it is in the ‘Sound’.

You go past “Mason’s Island”, “Sixpenny Island” (famous for its clams) and “Noank“. Lots of other islands. The crew does a great job mingling with the passengers, doing running commentaries and answering questions. There is a complimentary platter of cheese, grapes and crackers as well as an endless supply of sharp lemonade. You can also bring your own tipple of board — though we didn’t.

Very relaxing. Just over 2 hours. We had a great time. We would gladly do it again. I recommend it, highly.


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Where Amelia Earhart (The ‘Missing Pilot’) Got Married — In Noank, Connecticut.

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Taken during our Wednesday, August 17, 2016
sunset cruise on the schooner ‘Argia‘,
off Mystic, Connecticut
with my rented Nikon D500.

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The white building, on the waterfront in Noank, in February 1931, was the house of Amelia’s new mother-in-law. Her husband was George Putnam a (divorced) book publisher and publicist who had helped her during the start of her aviation career.


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