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Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

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Address: 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone Number: 631-208-9200
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Description: Two great attractions in one fin-tastic destination, the Aquarium and...
Two great attractions in one fin-tastic destination, the Aquarium and Exhibition Center features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, numerous touch tanks, and more than 100 exhibits and interactive experiences. Long Island Exhibition Center’s first exhibit is Butterflies & Birds! Flying for a limited engagement only, don’t miss them!Named a Top 10 Aquarium for Children by Parents Magazine, Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center is open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm year-round (Closed Christmas & Thanksgiving Days). Don’t forget you can now add to the fun with an overnight stay at the waterfront Hyatt Place East End & Resort Marina located adjacent to the property.
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Cool extra attractions.

Aquariums are suppose to be for the fish but this aquarium has a few extra things that make it cool. Great seal show, butterfly exhibit and they even have monkeys! Check online... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Middle island
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Aquariums are suppose to be for the fish but this aquarium has a few extra things that make it cool. Great seal show, butterfly exhibit and they even have monkeys! Check online for coupons before you go. It can get a little pricey

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Port Jefferson, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I went to the aquarium only because a group of friends were going at a discounted price. I don't know if it was because my expectations were low, but I really enjoyed it. There was more there than just aquatic life. There were monkey's & African penguins, plus there was an incredibly beautiful butterfly exhibit (my favorite part) & birds... More 

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Massapequa, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Others have identified the varied wildlife. Only drawbacks are its location (towards the east end) , parking, which is usually a couple of blocks away, and the pricing, which is a tad toward the expensive side for an aquarium which is one of the smaller ones we have visited. (Coney Island, NY, Vancouver, BC, Camden, NJ, Boston, MA, Inner Harbor,... More 

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Cape May, New Jersey
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We took our 7 year-old grandson here, and had a very nice time. The exhibits are beautiful, there are lots of different species of fish to see, and there are lots of really big fish in the shark tank. The sea lion show is cute, and they have penguins, turtles, monkeys, butterflies and birds also. The butterflies fly all around... More 

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Smithville, New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Nice aquarium but at $26 per person it was expensive entertainment for the hour we were there. They also have a butterfly exhibit that you walk thru and the butterflies fly around you.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is a small aquarium that is a bit on the expensive side. You can easily do everything in a few hours. The kids had a great time and we did too. It's nice to see the conservation project they have going on, so I don't mind paying the bill to get it since it helps them raise the money.

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Paris, France
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Such a beautiful, well organized place, many many things to see. I especially loved the many varieties of jellyfish, and sea horses. Also outdoor visits, the sea lions are gorgeous and their caretakers are great. Ask them to stamp your hand, so you can go in and out the whole day as you wish.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The Aquarium is well worth a visit, it's well laid out and very informative. Be sure to take the back stage tour, which takes you behind the exhibits and explains how the Aquarium operates. Also great in the spring/summer months is the boat tour of the Peconic River, the ecosystem of the river is explored and explained. There are several... More 

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

So much to see and do at the Riverhead Aquarium! Kids thoroughly enjoyed touching, feeding and being close to the animals. The shows run throughout the day so plenty of opportunity to take part in everything. Truly something for everyone.

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Patchogue, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

beautiful aquarium. The exhibits are excellent. indoor and outdoor exhibits. sealion show was fun. have a lot of interactive things todo!

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