Google Something Clever 2.0: A Funny Thing Happened at Mystic Aquarium

May 14, 2013

A Funny Thing Happened at Mystic Aquarium

If you're a Facebook fan, you may have already heard that my Mothers' Day was rad. Here's some more on that...

Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut invited some bloggers to come check them out on Mothers' Day weekend. Of all the museums, zoos and aquariums I've been to (and that's a lot), Mystic Aquarium is my absolute favorite. And they wanted me to go there for free? Um, yes please.

We hosted my mom and sister for breakfast and mimosas, and then headed down to Connecticut. It's a two-hour drive from my house, so it's a bit of a haul for a day trip, but totally worth it. We immediately went to the beluga whales. The main viewing area was pretty packed, so my son checked them out in the cool little bubble windows. Then he ran around in the little tunnels in the beluga area.

Then we explored the walkways in the marsh, where you can peek over the railings and try to spot the frogs, tadpoles and turtles hiding in the water. A good amount of the grounds are outdoors- they also have seals, sea lions, penguins, and a small aviary.

See the frog?

See the tadpole?

We headed to the indoor area to check out the jellyfish and sharks, and touch the crabs. The jellyfish area is amazing, but I didn't trust myself to take decent pictures and do it justice, so you'll just have to see for yourself.

My son and I fell in love with these frogs that were about the size of my thumb. There's nothing more adorable than a little boy saying, "Aww, they're so cuuuuute!" There were a lot of interactive displays with buttons and screens to keep him distracted while I looked at actual live animals, so that was cool.

Then, the best thing ever happened. We went back to the whales, and one of them made friends with us. There's nothing so unusual about that; we've been to Mystic before, and all four of the whales are very friendly. In fact, you may already be familiar with Juno, who went viral two years ago when he partied with a Mariachi band.

I don't know if this was Juno, or one of his friends, but this is what happened:

My husband is super awesome for taking a million pictures and capturing that moment. Incidentally, he is also super awesome for taking me to Mango's Wood-Fired Pizza Co. for dinner afterwards, and then Krispy Kreme at Mohegan Sun on the way home (my two other favorite places in Connecticut). And then doing the dishes when we got home, while I drank Champagne in the bathtub. A round of applause for Mr. Clever, please.

Disclosure: I received free admission to Mystic Aquarium, but I totally would have paid them. I received no monetary compensation. I was not compensated by Mango's or Krispy Kreme at all, but they are welcome to send me free pizza and doughnuts if they wish.