Zoo and Aquariums

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Zoos and aquariums are some of the best places for you and your family to get connected to nature and become engaged in conservation action. Not only can you learn how to help protect endangered species and wildlife habitat, but you can also find out about recycling and energy conservation and other ways to help our planet.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo: 

1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610 

ScreenHunter_1024 Apr. 02 13.03Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a wonderful place to visit – alone or with your family. Spend an hour or the whole day and see more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Come learn about our many endangered and threatened species, which include the Amur (Siberian) tiger, Andean condor, Ocelot, Red wolf, Maned wolf, and Golden lion tamarin.

Come see our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, then walk through the prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas. Visit the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters. Take a walk along the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer and more. Before you leave grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove and take a ride on our colorful carousel. We can’t wait to see you!

http://www.beardsleyzoo.org/


Mystic Aquarium

ScreenHunter_1023 Apr. 02 13.03(Mystic Seaport) 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT 06355

Mystic Aquarium is a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only beluga whales. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Sea Research is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration.

http://www.mysticaquarium.org/


The Maritime Aquarium: 

10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 

ScreenHunter_1025 Apr. 02 13.03Visitors explore at their own pace, observing 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 species. The Long Island Sound journey begins along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of the salt marsh, then moves into deeper and deeper habitats out to the open ocean. These close encounters with animals, enhanced by friendly volunteer interpreters and informative display panels, educate visitors about the aquatic life of Long Island Sound and its watershed. The Maritime Aquarium also boasts Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater, with a movie screen that’s six stories high. This dynamic venue offers an immersing, larger-than-life experience that extend the educational themes beyond Long Island Sound and into other natural or cultural arenas. In the evening, an exciting run of Hollywood films, digitally remastered into the IMAX format, offers a reason to return after-hours and serves as an attraction to a new audience….