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Long Island Aquarium

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431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
+1 631-208-9200
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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
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“sea lion show” (83 reviews)
“shark tank” (48 reviews)
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431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
+1 631-208-9200
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My niece choose the LI Aquarium for her wedding venue. It was different and if you appreciate fish you would enjoy it I felt the acoustics were poor. The dance floor was separated from the main room The food was average. The service nothing exceptional....More

Thank SueVirginiaBeach_Va
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excelentt place to visit for everyone at any age, snack bar, drinks, plenty of parking,Bring your camera, Must see if you come to Long island.

Thank lewk475
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time visiting the Long Island Aquarium but certainly won't be the last. Allow at least a half day minimum to get the most out of your visit. This is especially helpful if you plan on attending any of the various programs...More

Thank fudgemom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nothing to do...take a ride to the Long Island Aquarium. A fun place for everyone. Fish, butterflies, bird! Many indoor activities and outdoor activities as well.

Thank Felicia R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great place but very expensive for a big family. The best part was the manager, Charles, who runs the butterfly room. It was a wonderful experience.

Thank DennisBeatleboy
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Went here on a partially rainy day and off season. It was an fun visit. Because it was off season several of the outdoor exhibits were closed and being updated which I would expect. We saw a few shows/demos (sea lion, seal and stingray) and...More

Thank firemarshalbill1
LongIslandAquarium, Manager at Long Island Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and your stay in the area! Come "sea" us again soon!!

Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our time at the aquarium. Thursday's are senior days, much better value especially with some exhibits only open on weekends. We had a sunny day and enjoyed the show from the sea lion. Drinks and food are expensive not sure if you can...More

Thank dizidezi
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This is definitely a destination! Each member of a multi-generational family will find something interesting, educational, and entertaining here. Apart from a wonderful collection of all kinds of sea creatures, including huge sharks, penguins, otters, and sea lions, they also have a group of tiny...More

Thank Professional-Pilgrim
LongIslandAquarium, Manager at Long Island Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to "Sea" you soon!

Reviewed 2 October 2017

Went here with my kindergarten class in the Spring. They were enthralled during the entire trip: the boat ride, the sea lion show, meeting a penguin, touring the tanks. The guides were terrific with the children, answering their questions and guiding them on the boat...More

Thank Margaret O
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We arrived 1 hour before close time and they gave us 50% discount. Also my stepson got in free since it was his birthday. We were able to watch shark feeding and butterflies exhibition. We definitely would like to go back since we did not...More

Thank Tomoko T
LongIslandAquarium, Manager at Long Island Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Thank you for the kind words! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your brief visit to the Aquarium and hope you visit again soon.

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8 October 2017|
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Response from LongIslandAquarium | Property representative |
You can rush through in an hour, but typically it will take between 3-5 hours to see everything there is to see. Don't miss the Sea Lion shows and our schedule Talk & Feed lecture series.
Joann G
18 August 2017|
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Response from LongIslandAquarium | Property representative |
No. We are wheelchair accessible, but you have to bring your own wheelchair.
18 July 2017|
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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...