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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Not worth the money

I came here yesterday with my boyfriend. This place is too overpriced. A lot of things were closed and we barely got to see anything. We only got to see a few sharks, sea lion... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I came here yesterday with my boyfriend. This place is too overpriced. A lot of things were closed and we barely got to see anything. We only got to see a few sharks, sea lion, otter, penguin, and a few fish. We wanted to see the octopus and the tank was empty. We also wanted to see the monkeys that... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This aquarium is solo much more interesting than the New England Aquarium in Boston. There is more to see and do. Lotsa attractions for young and old. Penguins.. butterflies..really beautiful. Check for coupons...every little bit helps!

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Riverhead, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Since there is not all that much to do here as a resident, I like this place especially when my grand kids come to visit. They enjoy touching the different animals and the place has really grown since it first opened. This is where we go when they visit in the winter. In the summer, it is the beach, fishing,... More 

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Middle island
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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