While dealing with all the frustrations of this world, you finally decide just once to get yourself a well-deserved break, something you would want to and need to relax your mind through.
Talk about relaxing your mind, then what better way to relax your mind other than experiencing some natural habitats and the creatures that live in them?
No, we’re not suggesting you take a trip to a forest, but how about something a little lighter, like a zoo that can give you exactly what you need? Assuming that you live in Connecticut, there are many suggestions that we would recommend!
Here are the ten best zoos you could visit in Connecticut:
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
It would be fair to say that the Beardsley Zoo is a top contender when it comes to the most popular zoos in Connecticut. It is home to hundreds of animals from both North and South America featuring approximately 350 animals.
It is located in Bridgeport and is the only zoo in Connecticut that has crossed 100 years since it was built; hence it is the oldest zoo in Connecticut. When it comes to taking good care of the animals, this zoo is a top contender in that as well.
It has exhibits for Tigers, Wolves, Eagles, Snakes, Leopards, and many more. It opens at 9 am and closes at 4 pm all seven days of the week. It is a well-rated zoo on google with 4.4 out of 5 stars.
When it comes to its ticket prices, it charges $15 for both children (ages 3-11) and seniors (age 62+) and $19 for adults (ages 12-61). There are no charges for children younger than three years [As of Late].
Mystic Aquarium, just as the name suggests, is located in Mystic. It is the home to the only Beluga Whales in New England. There are 10,000 aquatic animals in the aquarium, along with a 4D theater.
Moreover, it’s one of the two U.S facilities that hold Steller Sea Lions, which makes it a must-visit aquarium in Connecticut. Alongside Sea Lions, you will find Beluga Whales, Seals, Stingrays, Penguins, and many more.
When it comes to its ticket prices, it charges $24.99 for children (ages 3-12), $28.99 for youth (ages 13-17), $34.99 for adults (ages 18-59), and $29.99 for seniors (age 60+) while the aquarium is free for children below three years of age [As of Late].
It opens at 9 am and closes at 4 pm with the exception of Saturday and Sunday when it closes at 5 pm. It has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on google.
The Maritime Aquarium is another popular aquarium located in Norwalk which features 7,000 animals of 363 species, a 4D theater, and two cafes. It is home to a lot of both land and aquatic animals.
It has Sharks, Seals, Jellyfish Turtles, Stingrays, Otters, and a lot more. It opens at 10 am and closes at 5 pm all seven days of the week. On google, it has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
When it comes to its ticket prices, it charges $20.95 for children (ages 3-12), $29.95 for adults (ages 13-64), and $25.95 for seniors (age 65+), while the aquarium is free for children below three years of age [As of Late].
The Silverman’s Farm is more of a farm and orchard than an actual wildlife zoo, but it still has all the elements a zoo should have.
It features a lot of farm animals, including Sheep, Goats, Alpacas, Fallow Deer, Llamas, Buffalo, and more. It is located in Easton.
One interesting fact about this zoo that differentiates it from the rest is that animals are allowed to be fed, but there is specific feed that one would need to purchase for an animal.
It opens at 9 am and closes at 5 pm all seven days of the week, and the ticket charges are $4 for children and $6 for adults [As of Late]. On google, it has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Highwire Deer And Animal Farm
The Highwire Deer and Animal Farm is located in Woodbury and opens only on weekend days, i.e., Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am to 3 pm.
It is one of the cheapest zoos to visit in Connecticut. It has a variety of land animals, such as Kangaroos, Zebras, Mini Horses, Mini Donkeys, Tortoises, Birds, etc.
Sometimes, they also hold special events in which they bring in new animals to showcase other than the normal ones that they usually have.
Regarding ticket prices, the zoo charges $12 per person and is free for children below two years of age [As of Late]. It has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Riverside Reptiles Education Center
The Riverside Reptiles Education Center is the only zoo in Connecticut that is purely dedicated to Reptiles and Amphibians.
It is located in Enfield and features over 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, such as snakes, alligators, tortoises, chamaeleon, etc.
When it comes to its ticket prices, it charges $14 for children (ages 3-11), $16 for adults (ages 12-64), and $14 for seniors (ages 65+), while the zoo is free for children under the age of three [As of Late].
The zoo opens every day of the week except for Monday from 10 am to 4 pm and is well-rated on google with 4.9 out of 5 stars.
The Action Wildlife is a sanctuary located in the hills of Goshen, Litchfield County. It features 350 exotic animals, a museum, and a petting zoo.
The animals in this zoo belong from different continents. You can explore the zoo in your car as well. Other than this, there are a number of games for your kids to enjoy.
It remains closed from Tuesday till Thursday and opens from 10 am to 5 pm on the rest of the days in the week with the only exception of Monday when it closes at 3 pm instead of 5 pm.
When it comes to its ticket prices, it charges $12 for everyone from the age of 4 and onwards, while it’s free for children of 3 years or below [As of Late]. On google, it has a rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars.
The SeaQuest Connecticut, located in Trumbull, features over 1200 animals of 300 different species. You will find here creatures belonging to rainforests, deserts, and seas.
It is home to both aquatic and land animals. The fact which is worth mentioning is the physical interaction with animals one can have.
Everything is present here, from hand-feeding animals to snorkeling with sharks and stingrays, along with much more.
It opens at 11 am and closes at 6 pm all the days in the week with the exception of Saturday when it opens one hour early at 10 am. It has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on google.
When it comes to ticket prices, it charges $11.99 for children (ages below 12) and $16.99 for adults (ages above 12) [As of Late].
The Flaming Farm is a petting zoo that is located in West Simsbury and is one of the cheapest petting zoos in Connecticut.
It features a lot of animals, such as chickens, geese, goats, rabbits, turkeys, alpacas, horses, llamas, ducks, miniature horses, pigs, peacocks, etc.
Other than the animals in exhibits, The zoo also features hay rides and pony rides for your kids to enjoy.
It charges $7.5 per person, while it is free for children under two years of age and seniors above 80 years of age [As of Late].
It remains open from 9 am to 5 pm on all days of the week and has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars on google.
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center is one of its kind when it comes to experiencing the natural habitat along with the animals nearby, such as frogs and turtles.
It is a very large conservative land, something for which you will have to walk a lot to explore to the fullest; it feels as if you’re walking into a wild habitat that isn’t as dangerous.
The zoo is located in Stonington and is one of the cheapest zoos in Connecticut. The zoo remains open on all days of the week from 9 am to 4 pm except for Sunday, when it opens at 10 am.
It charges $5 for children (ages 3-12) and seniors (ages 65+) and $8 for adults (ages 13-64), while it’s free for children under three years of age [As of Late]. It has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on google.
No matter how specific you are with your likings, you will find at least one place in this list that would fit your requirements.
No matter how different they are, they all will be the same when it comes to relaxing your mind! So, where are you planning to go now?