Any child with a working knowledge of Raffi knows all about that friendly “baby beluga,” swimming so happily and freely in the sea. But there are few opportunities in the country to come face-to-face with these playful white whales that form the centerpiece of Mystic’s second-most visited attraction (after the seaport). Three 1,000-pound belugas inhabit the one of the largest such tanks in the U.S., which has both underwater viewing areas into tunnels and ice caves, and above-water ledges from which you can watch the whales spout and feed. Other exhibits include penguins, jellyfish and sea lions, who regale guests with their antics at regular shows.
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, 06355, CT