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Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

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Address: 431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
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+1 631-208-9200
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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This FINtastic destination features one of the largest all-living coral...

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.

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Quaint Aquarium

It's small but well laid out. There's two touch pool, one with lots of small stingrays. You can buy small baits to feed them for three dollars. The staffs are very friendly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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9533 Kirchberg SG
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

... comparing the price. Although they do advertising for "winter entry prices" they charged us the full price because of school holidays?! 70 USD for one toddler, one adult and one senior during wintertime where almost everything outside was closed... The location was not really tidy (except the toilets) and dusty all over. They should take more care about their... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's small but well laid out. There's two touch pool, one with lots of small stingrays. You can buy small baits to feed them for three dollars. The staffs are very friendly. There's a small sea lion show and a shark tank with some pretty big specimens. They have a beautiful butterfly and bird exhibit and the outdoor area set... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just had a nice time with the family. We did come during the colder time of year and I believe there is more to do in the summer. There was a nice sea lions feeding, and penguins acting up. My favorite was the butterfly exhibit and feeding of the birds. Overall a good day trip. And we will come back... More 

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Glenside, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Closed look with Otters or penguins or sea lions. Friendly sting ray petting, colorful and beautiful species were delightful to watch. Butterflies abound and fly all over you, walk in imaginative dreaming world. Penguins were playful.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Although a little small this is a very nice place to visit. It is good for about 2 hours a visit. There are some live shows with otters or penguins or sea lions. My family had a year pass which is properly the way to go.

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Bronx, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Local, small aquarium. Exhibits are child friendly and entire aquarium is easy to walk w young children. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Its a great day activity for families w young children. Street parking is easily available.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I took my 5 yr old on a mini-vacation over winter break. The aquarium is just beautiful. Lots to see. Expect to spend about 3 hours looking at everything. Cafe a bit expensive, bring your own lunch.

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Thank Sioux816
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Perfect afternoon outing for our little guys ages 3.5 and 1.5 years old. We visited during the winter thus did not venture to the outdoor exhibits. It was still plenty for us. The entry process could be a little smoother if 1) the parking wasn't so far away and 2)the ticket purchasing was not so a la carte. We were... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Wonderful day with grandma, grandkids fun and interactive. There was things for all of us to enjoy loved it

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Shelter Island, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I have been coming to the Aquarium eith my kids for years and now they're 8 and 12. So I'd say for 10 years. I have to say that our last visit was a bit of a disappointment. In those 10 years NOTHING has changed. I gues a few years ago there was an addition of butterfly and bird sanctuary... More 

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