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Summer Fun on a Tank of Gas

CONNECTICUT (WGGB) — The dog days of summer are here! Which means it’s time to fill up and hit the road to find fun things to do this summer.

All aboard the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat.

“It’s a great trip for a family, wonderful experience, the kids love it,” said Robert Bell, the President of the Essex Steamtrain and Riverboat.

Here you can enjoy a relaxing two hour ride on the only steamtrain and riverboat connection in the country.

“The beautiful Connecticut shoreline is unspoiled. No factories, no pollution, just beautiful woods and scenery,” added Bell.

A little further south you can check out all the aquatic life at Mystic Aquarium. Especially the cute African penguins that are now classified as endangered species.

“Their population has declined about sixty percent in the last 8 years so it’s been a pretty dramatic decline,” said Mystic Aquarium trainer Sarah Dunn.

These penguins are fed twice a day at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

“All of our fish are considered restaurant quality fish. We order it and it arrives frozen but it’s ordered from a lot of the same places restaurants get their fish from,” added Dunn.

With over thirty penguins to feed, trainers must monitor their health by naming each one with a colored bracelet. “We’ll put pink in the front for a girl and blue for a guy, white if we don’t know yet …that sort of becomes their name,” added Dunn.

I even made a few new penguin friends.

“He likes you. That’s good that means he’s comfortable with you almost turning his back on you,” continued Dunn.

You can’t take a summer road trip without hitting the beach. At Ocean Beach Park in New London you can enjoy a day of family fun.

“It’s just a beautiful pristine beach, it’s always been this way. There’s always something to watch if you take a look at the water. A couple ferries going by and a couple pleasure boats,” said David Sugrue, General Manager at Ocean Beach Park.

With rides, mini golf, and entertainment, there’s a little something for everyone.

“We can entertain people of all ages. Some people want to just sit on the beach and relax, some people want to take a walk and people watch and see the people,” added Sugrue.

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