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Long Island Aquarium

#1 of 29 things to do in Riverhead Features Animals
431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
+1 631-208-9200
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I love this place!

I spent New Years here last night. I was also married here and although I am no longer married... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2016
Lara L
Bayport, New York
via mobile
Informative & fun

My children love going to the aquarium. We are know members. As a member you can go in and out... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2015
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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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431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
+1 631-208-9200
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Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

I spent New Years here last night. I was also married here and although I am no longer married this place is still one of my favorite places to take my son. It's not the largest aquarium but it is so well done and their...More

Thank Lara L
Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

My children love going to the aquarium. We are know members. As a member you can go in and out whenever you are in the riverhead area. Plenty of exhibits inside and outside and activities. Don't miss the riverboat ride up the river with an...More

Thank Wshng4
Reviewed 21 December 2015

I had a very great time here seeing all these marine animals. It's definitely worth your time. You learn a lot if you actually pay attention and read all the information they provide in front of each tank. They do have variety of fish, sharks...More

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Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

I was here for a paint and dip event. There was great food and I got to tour the aquarium while my painting dried. Great night

Thank angeldog811
Reviewed 30 November 2015 via mobile

Fun for all ages. Beautiful aquarium. Not too big. It is fun to feed the Rays. Beautiful tanks and friendly staff. Not overwhelming. A bit pricey. Worth a visit.

Thank 2griff
Reviewed 21 November 2015

Over the last few years we visited Sea World Orlando, the NY Aquarium, and the Denver Aquarium, and I think this one does an excellent job as well. All the exhibits have something to offer, but the shark tunnel was really awesome. We came in...More

Thank Eric M
Reviewed 12 November 2015

We went all the time when our grandkids were small ... they loved the place, and we so enjoyed everything, partifcularly watching them. There is so much to see, for both adults and kids ... Do not miss.

Thank Amy D
Reviewed 11 November 2015

I never thought it would be possible to have a wedding with the fishes, but Hyatt East End turned this venue into a chic and sophisticated spot. Definitely worth the two hour trip!

Thank Nattie80s
Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

We won some tickets and are glad we did. The staff did a great job at this small aquarium and it is the perfect size for someone with children. The entertainment and displays are excellant.

Thank ShawnC-NJ
Reviewed 3 November 2015

The Long Island Aquarium offers a good diversity of fish and terrestrial life. The salt water tanks include both local and tropical marine species. There is a pool with rays which can be fed and touched by visitors. There are many activities which make the...More

Thank jhorn10121
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19 July 2017|
Response from PAM_from_LINY | Reviewed this property |
We saw the penguins outside and took photos--there were not many people there and no one advised us not to...
Alberto C
9 August 2016|
Response from Fred L | Reviewed this property |
It's reasonable for what they offer. There are different options that increase the price quite a bit. Go on their website to view prices and options.
Cathy L
20 July 2015|
Response from SeasideGrill2012 |
If you purchase just the Exhibition Center tickets, you only have access to the Butterflies, Bugs & Birds exhibit (in addition to the seals in front of the building). If you purchase tickets to the Aquarium, the Exhibition... More