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Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-208-9200
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Riverhead
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
Owner description: Two great attractions in one fin-tastic destination, the Aquarium and Exhibition Center features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I've been here with my family many times. It is pretty fun. It is probably a lot better for smaller children. I would probably go back and I suggest going here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Last week of summer, during my staycation, thoughts of what to do with my 11year old son, aquarium, hmm, maybe? I looked a little further and I thought the snorkel adventure would interest him, sure the shark dive too, but this momma wasn't too keen on it! Driving from Queens, I wanted to make sure my 1.2hr commute would be... More

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Montgomery, New York, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

We needed to escape a rainy ride home so we stopped here for the afternoon! The admission was very pricey and it turns out they double charged my credit card. (Luckily my bank fixed it.). The exhibits were really cool! The aquarium was perfect for my 6 and 8 year old children. In some exhibits food can be purchased to... More

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Riverhead, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Went at 4pm to get half price admission. Regular is 26 bucks! Anyway. It's REALLY small and not that great. Shark tank is cool, but that's about the coolest thing you'll see. If you've ever been to an Aquarium in, say, St. Louis, Dallas, Washington DC etc.... you will not be impressed. Definitely not worth the admission price.

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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

i went on a class trip and it was really nice there was lot of types of fish's and sharks it was nice we saw the shark feedings but it could be kinda expensive if you want to feed the animals also souvenirs are really expensive but hey everyone thinks differently but apart from that its a place for people... More

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New Hyde Park, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Lots to see but can be costly. Extra charge for boat cruise and food to feed animals. The boat cruise is nice and educational.The only bad thing with cruise the lead person kept picking on my daughter asking her questions ultimately embarrassing her. Loved the butterfly exhibit and touch tanks.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We took our granddaughter and we all really enjoyed the exhibits and the close proximity to the animals and fish. The stingrays were amazing and petting them was a highlight for our granddaughter. There were so many of them and they were actually very active and seemed to enjoy being petted. The sea lion show was very nice, but too... More

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Jericho, New York
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33 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Have brought our Grand Daughters here several times. They love hand feeding the rays, getting to touch some fish and walking in the tidal pools. Great family outing with education slipped in

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Hamptons, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is a really nice place considering it is not in a large city. It has live shows, touch tanks, sting ray feeding pool, and boat cruises. My kids love to go there. Some indoor exhibits and some outdoor. It also has a butterfly exhibit (which is an additional cost). A small cafe with your typical kids food (chicken fingers.... More

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Hewlett, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Arrived around noon with a disabled grandfather and 3 children under 7. There was no handicapped parking and the parking was extra. We walked into a very loud main area. purchased our very expensive tickets and proceeded into the only part of the aquarium that held the children's attention. Once we were at the outside exhibits there was no direction... More

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