3-day weekends are the best, aren’t they?! This weekend I was up in New England and Ted and I decided to venture to Mystic, CT for a day trip. We passed the city more times than I can count on the highway on trips to/from our college and visiting his family, so I was excited to finally stop and explore the city for the day!
First up was a visit to the Mystic Aquarium. It’s been quite a while since either of us have visited an aquarium, but the big draw for me was seeing the aquarium’s beluga whales! Back in my toddler days, Raffi’s Baby Beluga was my jam, so of course I couldn’t help but sing it before, during, and after seeing the adorable whales!
We also checked out the aquarium’s other exhibits, including seals + sea lions, penguins, fish, frogs, and their animal rescue clinic, where we saw the latest on the rescue and rehabilitation of animals they’ve rescued along the coastline!
As we were leaving, we saw that you can pay extra for a “Beluga Encounter,” where you can put a wet suit on and actually meet a beluga in the exhibit! Way cool. Definitely something to add to the bucket list – we can’t wait to get back to do this in the future!
Pro Tip: The ticket line for admission can be pretty crazy, so save yourself some time (especially if you have kiddos with you) and purchase online in advance. Even better, you can purchase on your mobile phone in the parking lot! This saved us a solid 45+ minutes of unnecessarily waiting in line!
Olde Mystick Village
Next, we ventured across the street to Olde Mystick Village, a cute little village with Colonial-era vibes, filled with unique shops and lots of treats for anyone with a sweet tooth (our favorite was the bubble tea in the quirky Alice in the Village store)! It was a fun area to wander around and I can definitely see it bustling when the temps warm up in the summer (it was already starting to draw a crowd over Memorial Day weekend).
We were thrilled to find our new favorite popcorn shop, Pop on the Block, had a shop set up here as well! Needless to say we stocked up big time on our favorite popcorn flavors (they have SO many unique ones to choose from)!
There was no live music while we were there, but supposedly you can catch quite a bit of it in the summer! We even found a luxury movie theater at the end of the village, and several restaurants that sounded great. But alas, we held our appetites for the final stop of our day trip, Mystic Pizza.
I’m all about pop culture, so our last stop of the day was super exciting. A “lupper” or “linner” (lunch + supper/dinner) at Mystic Pizza! Yes THE Mystic Pizza from Julia Robert’s 80s movie. It’s a real place you can eat! It’s about a 15-minute drive from the Mystic Aquarium and Village.
The restaurant actually opened in the early 70s, and with a slogan advertising “a slice of heaven,” there’s no question about what you should order here. Pizza! We went with half pepperoni, half BBQ chicken and it was pretty delicious (especially the pizza crust)!
Have you visited Mystic, Connecticut? How was your Memorial Day weekend?