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Long Island Aquarium
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Long Island Aquarium Admission
Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Riverhead
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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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

What a pleasant surprise. Every part of the day was spectacular. We had beautiful weather and we all enjoyed the aquarium. All of the staff was well trained and knowledgeable. All of the exhibits were clean and attractive. We had a wonderful lunch at the adjoining hotels restaurant. Kids particularly enjoyed the tidal pool exhibit where they were able to take off their shoes and experience underwater creatures up close and personal. We have been to many aquariums before and have never seen this. They loved the touch tanks as well. The only thing that was a bit disappointing was that the sea lion show that was scheduled for the end of the day was cancelled. A bit pricey but not more so than any other aquarium and similar attraction. We will definitely go back to do some of the other adventures (snorkeling and shark experience) that need to be planned prior to visiting.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

This would be of interest to adults and children. There are areas that allow patrons to touch the shells and sea creatures. The sharks were great and so were the penguins.
Don't miss the butterfly area, bird and reptile areas too. Don't miss the sea lion demonstration outside.
We paid the extra and took the boat excursion down the river to a sandbar. The narration was excellent on the way down and back and we got to explore on our own for a while.
Worth the money.

1  Thank Baillie B
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

From the outside the Aquarium looks smaller than it is. There are many different exhibitions inside and outside exhibits and shows include sea lions and penguins. There was a pretty good size shark tank as well. The aquarium is famous for all of its coral. I had the opportunity to take a "behind the scenes" tour which, while not nearly as aesthetically pleasing, sure gave me an insight into just what it takes to run a facility such as this. This is a terrific Long Island attraction. The staff was very friendly and helpful. And, if such a thing is possible, the fish seemed pretty happy as well. The penguins loved the place as well as all the attention they received.

Thank HarlanJF
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Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

A nice place to see if out in riverhead or touring the forks of Long Island. Good selection of exhibits. Sea lion show is a must.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

From the outside, the LI Aquarium looks so small. However, once you enter there is so much to explore. I like to take my kids here. I usually do this off-season when there is less crowds around.

Thank dennis1027
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