Connecticut Bound: 52 Weekend Getaways

24. Science, Nature & Exploration

  1. Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, I-95 Exit 62, is a great place for kids. Swim, camp out and take a hike out to Meig’s Point and explore tidal pools.
  2. The Children’s Museum, I-95 Exit 72N/74S, Niantic, offers hands-on fun, rain or shine!
  3. Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, I-95 Exit 90, has the only exhibit in New England to feature beluga whales. Get to know these fascinating creatures up close through the special 90-minute contact program (reservations required).
  4. Next day, take an educational journey through the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center on Rte. 2, America’s largest, most innovative Native American museum.
  5. The USS Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum, Groton , I-95 Exit 86, takes you on board the first nuclear-powered submarine.

DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between furthest points (1 & 5) is 46 miles.

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