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Zoos in Connecticut

It’s animal time in Connecticut, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Connecticut because The Constitution State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • The Maritime Aquarium

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    Norwalk

    The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment, the Maritime Aquarium ...

  • Mystic Aquarium

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    Mystic

    Explore the ocean without every getting wet! Amazing encounters, from the splash of a beluga whale, to being nose to nose with a penguin - a family fun aquarium experience in Connecticut.

  • Action Wildlife Park

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    Goshen

    A leisurely walk through amazing animals from all around the world, a petting zoo, and even wagon rides, all waiting at this family friendly wildlife center in Connecticut. Lots of animal fun!

  • Connecticuts Beardsley Zoo

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    Bridgeport

    Over 300 American species with varying exhibits and educational programming for families, including unique pop up viewing areas within the Prairie Dog exhibit.

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  • Ocean Beach Park Pool

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    New London

    Beach plus lido with water slide and splash pad, plus mini golf, fairground and arcade!

  • Splash Away Bay

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    Middlebury

    Within Quassy Amusements, the Bay features water play for all ages on a massive scale, plus splash pads and beach.

  • CoCo Key

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    Waterbury

    Boasting 40 ft body and raft slides, adventure river, kids' activity pool and huge water play island with more besides.

  • Splash Pad at Wolcott Park

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    West Hartford

    Great park with a new summer splash pad offering interactive play features. Free!

  • RecPlex Spray Park

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    Colchester

    Offers a great splash pad, skate park, 3 playgrounds and sports facilities plus wide open spaces for play.

  • Sheffield Island Lighthouse tour

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    Norwalk

    Just a short boat ride away is the beautiful lighthouse showcasing lift for a 19th century light keeper, as well as stunning scenery and curious wildlife!

  • Captain Bobs Thimble Island Tours

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    Stony Creek

    Since the 1950's generations of families have returned each summer to Stony Creek for a relaxing boat ride around the Thimble Islands. Whether it's your first ride or your umpteenth ride, each ride ...

  • Captains Cove Seaport

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    Bridgeport

    Since 1982, Captain’s Cove Seaport has grown from a vacant lot and a handful of slips to one of Connecticut’s premier tourist attractions and seaport complexes. Located on Historic Black Rock ...

  • Mystic Whaler Cruises

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    New London

    One of a kind Tall Ship adventure to be had - from lunch cruises to 5 day cruises. Beautiful sailing tours around the Connecticut coast.

  • The Military Musuem Of Southern New England

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    Danbury

    We currently display a vivid cross section of 20th century American military history. Many of our vehicles are extremely rare, often the only example in the western hemisphere! The museum staff is ...

  • Timexpo Museum

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    Waterbury

    It's about TIME for family fun. Timexpo® The Timex Museum tells the story of Timex and its heritage dating back to the 1850's. A Time Tunnel leads to ancient mysteries. Magnificent timepieces, ...

  • Danbury Railway Museum

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    Danbury

    The Museum, located in the historic station and rail yard in downtown Danbury, Connecticut, offers railroad history, tours, train rides, a collection of original and restored rolling stock, and ...

  • The Mattatuck Museum

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    Waterbury

    The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibits and collections ...

  • The Barnum Museum

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    Bridgeport

    On January 1, 1842, P.T. Barnum opened his first museum on lower Broadway in New York City. Almost 166 years later, The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut carries on the extraordinary legacy of ...

  • The Bruce Museum

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    Greenwich

    The Bruce Museum is an educational institution which, through its varied exhibitions and collections in the arts and sciences, provides programs for diverse audiences.

  • Bridgeport Discovery Museum and Planetarium

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    Bridgeport

    With three floors of hands-on fun with science, and daily Planetarium shows all included with admission, this family friendly discovery museum is great for those active kids who just love learning!

  • Stepping Stones Museum for Children

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    Norwalk

    Lots of hands on and fun learning for children in this entertaining museum.

  • Lutz Childrens Museum

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    Manchester

    The mission of the Lutz Children's Museum shall be to provide a multi-faceted museum for children to explore culture, history, and the natural sciences through internal and external exhibits, ...

  • Connecticut River Museum

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    Essex

    Where the River comes to life. Located on the waterfront in historic Essex, the Connecticut River Museum is the perfect place to explore the heritage and experience the wonders of New England’s ...

  • The Childrens Museum

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    West Hartford

    The Children’s Museum provides rich learning experiences in science and nature for all ages. Exploration of our multi-level museum captures imaginations and develops a sense of curiosity about the ...

  • Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum

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    Cheshire

    Cartoon fun away from the television! This fun museum has one of the largest collections of cartoon-themed artifacts and toys in the entire country - from Disney to Marvel - kids can check out all ...

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