Nestled in the heart of Mystic Country just a few hours’ drive from New York, this replica 19th century seafaring town exudes old world charm, offering a slice of heaven for budget-travellers and luxury seekers alike.
At prices ranging from $209/N to $499/N, a family of four can enjoy up to two nights’ accommodation at one of eight participating hotels, and access a range of fun activities for the whole family. The “Titanic Hotel Package” includes double occupancy accommodations and admission tickets for two adults and two children. Additional children may be added to the package for $14 each.
The Mystic Aquarium is open daily from 9am to 5pm, April through October. Marvel at the artistic creations of the talented African penguins who paint colorful pictures onto canvasses, and congratulate the proud new parents of Purple Red and Purple Gray, two adorable female African penguin chicks born at the aquarium in February. African penguins are an endagered species, and the aquarium participates in the Species Survival Plan, a collaborative breeding program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For some cheeky play time, laugh at the antics of the Aquarium’s friendly fur seals, Jack and Sam, or play ball with New England’s only Beluga whales!
For history buffs, the Aquarium’s interactive and educational Titanic – 12,450 Feet Below exhibit offers a truly hands-on experience, while thrill-seekers can get up close and personal with the Aquarium’s fearsome collection of sand tiger sharks and the newly launched reptile exhibit.
If you’re in the mood for some laugh-out-loud moments, enjoy complimentary 4-D theatre ride tickets to see SpongeBob Squarepants: The Great Jelly Rescue, then satisfy your appetite with a complimentary $20 food voucher at the Aquarium’s Penguins Café.
For travellers who want to venture further afield, spend the morning walking the gangplank of the Charles W. Morgan, America’s last surviving wooden whaleship, or uncover hidden treasures in the town’s impressive array of antique stores. In the afternoon, try sampling delicacies at one of the region’s wineries, then relax with pizza and ice-cream on the boardwalk at sunset.
Participating hotels in Mystic are the Whalers Inn, Residence Inn, Springhill Suites, Mystic Marriott, Mystic Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn Groton, Hampton Inn Groton and Howard Johnson Mystic. Travellers should contact hotels directly to check availability and rates. Be sure to mention the “Titanic Hotel Package”.
For more ideas for a visit to Mystic, read Mystic – Connecticut’s Playground.
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