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“Pricey but fun” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Riverhead
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This FINtastic destination features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, African Penguins, Marmosets, numerous touch tanks and more than 100 exhibits including the lavish indoor gardens of our Butterflies, Bugs and Birds Exhibit! This Section features more than 30 species of North American and exotic, tropical free-flying butterflies and is the only insect displays of its kind in New York (and one of the only exhibits like this in the Northeast) featuring bugs ranging from most deadly to largest and most colorful. You can even hand feed the gorgeous conures, ringnecks and lovebirds in our Bird Aviary. We're celebrating our 15th birthday this year and we want you to join the celebration. You'll get FREE Aquarium admission (with valid ID) within 7 days of your birthday!! You can also try one of our JAWsome Aquatic Adventures, like the Shark Dive where you'll get in the cage and down into our amazing Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit. Or the Penguin Encounter where you'll get up close and personal with our cutest feathered friends. You can even snorkel with tropical fish from around the world with our Pirate Snorkel Adventure (seasonal)! There are plenty of special events on the calendar, for guests of all ages. Check our website for a full listing of the great activities you won't want to miss. Like our Family Sleepovers, where you'll explore the Aquarium after hours, then spend the night in front of one of the tanks. Or Fish & Sips, our adults only wine tasting event featuring more than 20 local vineyards with tasting and purchasing opportunities. You can celebrate the holidays with us at our Holiday Brunches for Easter, Mother's Day or to celebrate Christmas with our Santa Brunch. We can also help you host your child's next birthday, we specialize in parties and have a wide range of party packages to offer. Planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Sweet 16? We've got you covered, our Atlantis Banquets & Events team will make your child's special day the party of the year. You can even get married where the walls are alive with our most colorful and tropical exhibits! Named a Top 10 Aquarium for Children by Parents Magazine, the Long Island Aquarium is open daily from10am to 5pm year-round (Closed Christmas & Thanksgiving Days). You can add to the fun with an overnight stay at the waterfront Hyatt Place Long Island / East End and located adjacent to the property.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Long Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Pricey but fun”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

Long Island Aquarium is a nice place to visit. It's a bit on the expensive side for the size of it, but I guess they have to charge a lot to keep all the animals well maintained. I was very disappointed that they got rid of the Sulcata tortoises and replaced them with the World of Darkness - bats, a sloth and a few porcupines. The Butterfly exhibit was terrific. Nice environment for the butterflies. A highlight of the visit is feeding the stingrays in the tank near the entrance. However, $3 for a hot dog holder a quarter filled with little dead fishies,is excessive. Size wise, I would say it's manageable for people with kids because you can really see everything in about 2 1/2 hours.

Visited June 2014
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Surprisingly entertaining for kids and adults alike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

This aquarium has a big petting pool of rays, which was a lot of fun for both kids and adults. It also has lots of HUGE sharks. The shark tank was more impressive than I expected. We also enjoyed observing sea lions, crocodiles and octopus. It was raining when we visited, but I can see the koi pond and other outdoor exhibition would be fun to explore on a sunny day.

The aquarium ticket also includes entry to the butterfly and bird exhibition. Do NOT skip it. The butterflies fly freely in an enclosed space. There are so many colorful species. They may even land on your head!

Long story short, I didn't expect much of this place, but it turned out to be a hidden gem.

Visited June 2014
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Long Island, New York
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“A great aquarium ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

The animals were kept in good condition and the grounds are neat and clean. The animals were well tamed and the service is great. Would recommend going here if you are in the area.

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New York City, New York
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“Small, Managable, and Fun day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

the LI aquarium is the perfect day activity The aquarium is small enough that you can see all the exhibits, while large enough to keep you occupied for a few hours. My friend and I did the penguin encounter which was SUCH a great experience worth all $50 (although we were paired with 6 other people - may have been slightly more personal if it was a smaller group). We also did the sea lion kiss which although exciting, they wouldn't let us take our own pictures and the picture they made you pay for was blurry (not iPhone quality at all). That being said both experiences were wonderful and I would do it again. Also the new butterfly and insect exhibit was really cool and beautifully done! The butterflies were gorgeous and the birds were really fun to feed. The staff was friendly and helpful and everyone was constantly smiling. We had a great day!

Visited May 2014
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Garden City, New York
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574 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 381 helpful votes
“Great place to take the entire family!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

This place has it all! It's more than just an aquarium with it's beautiful fishes, sharks, turtles, Japanese Spider crabs, seals , etc. There are African penquins, river otters and my suprise monkeys too(although they looked sad in their den). Kids of all ages and young adults will find this small aquarium a fun place to spend the day. There's even an arcade and ice cream store to enjoy. The cafe is doable but didn't like the cheeseburgers/hotdogs so much. Their chicken fingers is much tastier with it's crisp exterior and juicy interior...done well. The french fries are somewhat limp and cold siting under the heat lamps. If you can get it hot..probably taste better. The pretzels are good but too expensive in my opinion. But...you are enjoying the day with the family so who's counting dollars anyway? There are attractions that will cost you more money, like the submarine simulator, penquin encounter(up close and personal) and even a horizontal ferris ride up high. We really enjoyed seeing the butterfly exhibit where you actually see live butterflies flying all over you in their own sanctuary. What a wonderful experience to encounter. There was also a bird avairy(spelling?) with cute birdies that you can touch if they come to you:) PICTURE moments galore!!!

Overall a great place to take the entire family and don't forget to go into town for their food...probably better than the food at the aquarium(sorry...cafe). But if you are just like us...we were hungry and couldn't wait like everyone else and had to get some food there. Guess you're stuck to eat their food no choice. Have fun!!!

Visited May 2014
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