My February 2018 weekend trip had me going to Mystic Connecticut for a visit to the Mystic Aquarium. I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Mystic/Groton, which was about a 15 minute drive from the aquarium.
The drive to the inn from my last job was a little over 2 hours. Not a bad drive, traffic was quiet for a Friday afternoon and I had no major slowdowns all the way to the inn. The weather was nice for an afternoon drive which added to the comfort of the whole experience. It was about 5:30 when I arrived. There was no one waiting at the front desk and as I had already done an online check-in the evening before, there was no waiting for me, I just got my keycard and the obligatory amenities speech, and I was off to my room.
After a quick shower I had to decide what I wanted for dinner. I choose to order from a local 99 restaurant and get me some take out, rather than going and waiting for seating. I really just wanted to relax for the evening. Television offered nothing that I was interested in, I am not much of a television watcher anyway, so I set up my tablet and listened to Pandora for the evening.
After a good nights sleep and breakfast at the inns restaurant I was off for my days adventures. Mystic Aquarium here I come. I had purchased my entrance ticket online a couple of months before the trip, yea I plan in advance, so I bypassed the line of people waiting to get tickets and walked right in. At the time that I went there where a handful of exhibits that where closed for renovations, because I had purchased so far in advance and paid full price, they had a 15 percent discount going on, I got a free pass to come back anytime till the end of May this year. I have a weekend planned in April that is not that far from the aquarium and I may take a visit on that weekend.
I took in the 4D movie, which was a bit shorter than I expected but still fun. Whilst I was standing at the large pool side where the beluga whales swim I had the unexpected fun of listening to a woman telling her friend how she has the ability to whistle to the whales. She stood there whistling for about 5 minutes. The whales swam by at a distance but did not swim up to where we were standing which had the woman explain to her friend how her whistle must be out of tune. It gave me a bit of a chuckle that I did keep to myself.
After a couple of hours spent walking around and checking out the exhibits I headed to my car. Just as I walked out of the aquarium proper it started to rain. I thought how lucky for me. I found it was still early and I had time to do something else. Checking out the local attractions I found that I was just a short drive from the Foxwoods Casino. It has been a while since I had gone there and I always find it a fun place to go and people watch so that was my next destination.
I spent a couple of hours walking around Foxwoods Casino Resort doing some people watching and a bit of playing the slots. I didn’t do badly at the slots, I actually think I may have broken even. After a ride back to my hotel room, I ended up spending a relaxing evening in my room watching some standup comedy and enjoying dinner.
After a good nights sleep and a good breakfast I checked out and headed home. The drive home was in the rain but the traffic was quiet and made the drive fun.