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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
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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A break from the beach

I went with my family in late August. We booked a pirate snorkeling package as well. This worked well for us as even the 4 year old could manage it. It lasted for 45 minutes which... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 September 2015
Braintree, United Kingdom
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

I went with my family in late August. We booked a pirate snorkeling package as well. This worked well for us as even the 4 year old could manage it. It lasted for 45 minutes which is possibly too long as there is not that much to see but you did get to touch a shark. We did not prebook... More 

1 Thank EssexTiredDad
Long Island City, New York
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Wonderful exhibitions. Super outdoor show. Indoors aquariums are very interesting and well worth observing. The cafeteria is reasonably priced and easily accommodating for young children.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Today my wife and I took our offspring to this amazing venue. We had a great time. The place has many different activities. My suggestion is to plan what you want to do. The main flaw in the aquarium is knowing ahead of time where and what you are going to do. They have it all: seal lion show, otter... More 

1 Thank Eric M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

Typical fast food for this type of attraction. The prices are beyond outrageous. The Hyatt Place Hotel next door does not have a regular restaurant but rather an outdoor fast food snack bar with prices to match. It gives the appearance of Collusion. I suggest either eat before, after or bring lunch. Other that the above negatives the place is... More 

1 Thank Robert A
Wurtsboro, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

I took my Grand-daughter on a Monday. I am happy I took her on a sunny day, as we did the boat ride out in the bay that they offered. ($13.00) per person, it was well worth it and nice to be on the bay on such a great day. The butter fly room is great, the bird room gave... More 

1 Thank 568Julia
Queens, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

My husband and I arrived at the aquarium at 340 pm. The Aquarium closes at 5, so we knew we weren't going to be able to see everything. The cashier suggested waiting another 20 minutes and the time would be 1/2 off. That was appreciated. We saw the butterflies and sharks. I feed the stingrays.. THAT was cool :) I... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

Great aquarium. Much bigger then I thought. You can see everything from sharks to monkeys. There's an outdoor sealion show. There sharks cage diving for a fee ( not for me) there's a beautiful free flying butterfly zone. It goes on and on. You can easily spend 3-4 hours here. After you see the fish walk next door to Jerry... More 

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Glendale, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

They have an underwater simulator that needs a desperate upgrade with new technology. The screen is dirty and all scratched up. I saw nothing!! No fishes, no underwater life – nothing. And on top of that, it costs $4.00. Waste of money. The Café is very expensive for the fast food they provide. In a nutshell, very disappointed and will... More 

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New York
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85 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015 via mobile

I have been here with my kids but this trip was for business, as they hold events here. it's a relatively small aquarium and if you've been to big ones in world-renowned places you MIT be disappointed. However, it is a nice day out on Long Island, and it has one of the largest and most beautiful tropical fish tanks... More 

1 Thank syzygymfl
East Islip, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

Went on a very humid day which made it a tad un enjoyable. Too hot to sit and bake to watch the seals. My nephew didn't want to sit thru it don't blame him it was hot in the sun Sharks, butterflies, penguins, fish are all great to see. Parking $8 saw nothing about that on website. Shuttle wasn't working... More 

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