Creature Features of I-95 Last Updated 11/16

There's nothing like an animal to stir a kid's interest, and if they're big and maybe a little menacing, well that's okay, too. Just off I-95, Connecticut offers three such experiences, not only for kids but for their parents as well. And, by the way, not all of the creatures are beastly. Some are downright friendly.

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Maritime Aquarium, South Norwalk

It's not every day you can look a shark in the eye or spend time with a harbor seal - or observe river otters, rays, sea turtles and jellyfish. You can even get cute with meerkats. And don't forget the aquarium's IMAX movies!

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Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport

Just up I-95 from Norwalk, get up close and personal with 300 animals, including a Siberian tiger, Andean condor, spectacled bear, red wolf and golden lion tamarin. Out on the Hoofstock Trail, you'll find bison, pronghorn and white-tailed deer. And in the South American Rainforest, exotic reptiles and alligators slink through the lush vegetation. Check in for admission deals, discounts on carousel rides and other special offers.

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Mystic Aquarium, Mystic

A little further up the coast in Mystic, discover a one-acre beluga whale habitat, an enormously entertaining gang of 25 African penguins and endangered Stellar sea lions too! There are shows at the marine theater, a 4-D theater (check the schedule) and the great new exhibit “Exploration: Wild,” a tour of Earth's most captivating habitats - rainforest, Arctic, wetlands, desert and open oceans.