Mystic Aquarium: Mystic, CT
Overview: Part of Sea Research Foundation, the Mystic Aquarium isn't just a tourist destination — it's also a research facility. It's a manageable size, and you'll get to experience animals like sea lions, jellies, African penguins, and beluga whales. Kid-specific offerings are abundant and constantly changing.
Go For: The only spot in New England to see beluga whales, and the aquarium's latest addition, Titanic: 12,450, which caters to all ages.