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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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  • Average17%
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431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

Excellent aquarium! Fun for all ages, from kids to grandparents. Compact and fun, with a great assortment.

Thank sanslan5
Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

The aquarium is beautiful. Amazing fish and tanks. Beautifully decorated. Nice outdoor area with animals such as penguins. Terrible food. Very pricy. But a nice afternoon.

Thank Rebecca G
Reviewed 11 May 2016

The aquarium was chosen for the happy hour for the affair we were attending. The food was bountiful and was very good (what I had of it). Great venue for a special occasion.

Thank Np C
Reviewed 6 May 2016

We had a wonderful time at the aquarium. The grounds are somewhat small but there is a very nice assortment of fish, mammals and animals.

Thank estherl271
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Nice aquarium as most are, little expensive if you don't get a group rate as school trips do and you're bringing a few children. Long Island's version of the NY Aquarium so enjoy!

Thank Susann F
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Compared to other aquariums I've visited, this one is average. Several outdoor displays were still not open for the season which is not unusual on Long Island. The indoor exhibits were nice. I really liked the background music and the style of the interior. A...More

1  Thank TheBookishYogini
Reviewed 1 May 2016

The Long Island Aquarium was one of my favorite places to visit when I lived on Long Island. They have a nice shark tank (and you can actually get in a cage with the sharks if you feel daring) but my favorite attraction is right...More

Thank Christian A
Reviewed 30 April 2016

I have been bringing my kids here since they were a year old. Each year has gotten more exciting for them. They love being able to touch live sea creatures, snakes and spiders. The penguins are a favorite as well as the seal show. We...More

Thank Kristin E
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

I grew up coming to this aquarium. I absolutely love everything about it. It's very lovely place and it's always clean and the animals always look at peace. The sea lion show is always fun! And their new addition of the butterfly and bird exhibit...More

Thank Pamela V
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

It was a great day shared by my friends and my elderly mother. The shows were great. The one problem was it isn't handicapped friendly. Yes. The bathrooms had handicapped accessible as well as the shows. My mom had a walker and there wasn't flat...More

Thank suzierocks26
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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...