Spend a Couple Hours »Mystic Aquarium

55 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT

Sorry for our absence but we were on vacation.

Part of the trip took us to the delightful Mystic Aquarium where we spied beluga whales (my favorite), jellyfish, sharks, penguins and poison dart frogs (Van’s favorite – by far).

While admission is pricey, it’s worth it for kids to see animals up close they’d otherwise rarely get a chance to. It’s a clean, pleasant place that doesn’t feel too crowded even when it is and has staff on hand to give information about all the animals.

We skipped the 3D movie but it would likely be fun for older kids.

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Posted on June 26, 2012

Restaurants »Lobster Landing

152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

I can’t believe with all our family visits to Connecticut we only just discovered the seashore gem, Lobster Landing. It boasts an incredible, overstuffed Connecticut style lobster roll – warm with only butter and a touch of lemon. It was huge (about twice the size and half the price of the ones in Manhattan) and made me sublimely happy (I was actually kind of dancing excitedly in my seat after the first bite).

I was just lamenting how few rolls we’ve had this summer, and this tiny spot with makeshift outdoor seating was the perfect start to a summer filled with more and more lobster rolls, though I doubt I’ll find one as great for the price. It’s worth a detour if you find yourself in Eastern Connecticut this summer.

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Posted on July 18, 2010

Places to Visit »Logees Greenhouse

Ashleigh put up this great post on RC.

Logee's Greenhouse in Danielson, CT is one of the most magical places on the East Coast, maybe Earth. Here's what they say about themselves, all true:

Since 1892, the Logee-Martin family has been growing and selling over a thousand varieties of tropical container plants for home and garden. We are the exclusive source of many varieties, both heirloom and new introductions. Cross the threshold of our greenhouses and prepare to enter into another world. Hear the trickling sounds of the water garden, see lemons the size of grapefruits on the 108 year-old Ponderosa Lemon Tree, then take a deep breath of divinely fragrant air as you meander through lush vegetation. Whether you're shopping for beautiful plants or just have a desire to surround yourself in beauty, come to Logee's, we promise it's worth the trip.”

If you are ever in the area, don't pass through without visiting Logee's. It really is a special place.

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Posted on September 21, 2009