Everyone loves animals, right? Connecticut has several zoos and aquariums which expose the entire family to everything from the diverse local wildlife to exotic fish, birds, and land animals.

Whether you’re six or sixty, exploring the animal kingdom at one of the many family-friendly attractions below is a great choice for an afternoon or weekend adventure!

Did we miss one? Email us at newenglanddads@gmail.com and let us know about it!


LEO Zoological Conservation Center (Greenwich)
Scientific conservation based research and education are the cornerstones of the center’s efforts. We are dedicated to preserving our natural world and inspiring others to save the animals of today for the people of tomorrow. Directions

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo (Bridgeport)
Spend an hour or the whole day and see more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Come learn about our many endangered and threatened species such as the Siberian Tiger, Ocelot, and Giant Anteater. Directions

Wildlife in Crisis Inc. (Weston)
Wildlife in Crisis (WIC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife preservation and land conservation. WIC rescues injured and orphaned wildlife and seeks to protect threatened ecosystems. Directions

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (Mystic)
Since 1946, we have provided visitors and the greater Mystic community the opportunity to experience nature first hand, whether it be on the more than 10 miles of trails, in our natural history museum, or as part of one of our many programs. Directions

Action Wildlife (Goshen)
Action Wildlife Foundation, Inc. offers residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York the unusual opportunity of observing and learning about animals from North America, Africa, India, New Zealand, Asia, and the Arctic. Directions

Sharon Audubon Center (Sharon)
Audubon Sharon encompasses four nature sanctuaries and 3,000 acres in Northwestern Connecticut, an education center, and a Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic that is part of Audubon Connecticut and a state office of the National Audubon Society. Directions

Flamig Farm (Simsbury)
The Flamig Farm mission is to be the premier demonstration and education center in New England, focusing on local food production, energy conservation and efficient energy production, and personal wellness and nutrition. Directions

Silverman’s Farm (Easton)
Kids and adults all love to visit Silverman’s rustic animal farm! See, pet and feed all sorts of unususal animals, including buffalo, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, fallow deer, emus, long-horn cattle,and exotic birds. Directions


Mystic Aquarium (Mystic)
Whether you’re touching a ray, feeling the splash of a beluga whale, going beak-to-nose with a penguin or exploring the five most extreme habitats of our ocean planet, you’ll learn more and “sea” more than you ever thought possible! Directions

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (Norwalk)
The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect
the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits,
marine science, and environmental education. Directions

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