Trainer Days for Mystic Aquarium
During the summer, Mystic Aquarium is packed, and for the trainers and animals, it’s show time. But the winter is a lot more laid back – so much so that at Mystic Aquarium, they’ll actually give you a rare glimpse of workings behind the scenes.
January 26th is the last of the Aquarium’s Sunday Trainer Days, where trainers who care for the belugas, penguins, seals, sea lions, sharks, alligators and more come out to tell you exactly what they do all day – from food prep to routine medical exams. Trainers do individual presentations and Q&As between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and you’re encouraged to bring your questions. (If you’ve even entertained a career working with animals, it’s especially fascinating.) Talks are part of the usual admission, which can be as low as 26.99 adult; 23.49 seniors (age 60+), and 19.99 child (3-12) with advance Value Pricing.
By the way, the less crowded winter season is also a good time to book one of Mystic Aquarium’s Encounter Programs, which allow you hands-on, up-close exposure to animals you usually see from the other side of the glass. Penguin and sea-lion encounters are available January through April; Penguin Encounters are conducted in small groups, and you can gently pet a penguin and even listen to its heartbeat via stethoscope ($79); Sea Lion Encounters allow you a 20-minute private training session and an exclusive guided tour of the Foxwoods Marine Theater ($119.) Kids have to be 8 and 6 years of age respectively. You can book encounters on the Aquarium website.