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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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an Aquarium

Like an aquarium. expensive and common. The boat ride is the best but that is extra/ Wish they would do more for the locals

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Louise W
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Riverhead
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

it was a bit pricey, and as it was winter time there wasn't an incentive to outdoors, i thought it would have been better

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Riverhead
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Like an aquarium. expensive and common. The boat ride is the best but that is extra/ Wish they would do more for the locals

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Hauppauge, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Well handled, exhibits neat. No dislikes. The penguin experience with Patricia as a guide was marvelous.

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selden, n.y.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

the parking for this place is no where near the attraction, you will do some walking to get there{and you will cross a busy road also} to cross the street. once inside you will be greeted by an admission rate menu; $20.00 for children 3-12 and seniors everyone else is $26.00!! they have whay they call a *seal show*; you... More 

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Long Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

The price to get in is really expensive (plus they charge extra to see the butterflies) so if you live close its definitely worth it to get an annual pass so you can go as much as you'd like. They do have a lot of nice exhibits though and my sons love the sea lion show!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

This was a great place for all ages. They have alot to do like dig for fossils or pet a bearded dragon and the riverhead foundation is in the same building so you can learn about there work too. I love the tunnel around the shark tank. The only problem is its a little pricey like most aquariums I guess.

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Long Island, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Nice way to kill a few hours with the kids, especially if they love sharks, butterflies, seals, sting ray touch pool. They also have a small aviary with 20+ small birds such as conures and they are not shy! Buy $1 food cup for the birds at the entrance to the butterfly/ bird viewing area. You have a choice to... More 

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Astoria, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

There is nothing special about this aquarium. We were in and out in about 2 hours. First off the price was too expensive. $63 for two of us wasn't worth it. I see it being $15 each or $30 for two of us. There isn't much to see or activities going on. Everything you want to do involves extra fees... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

My son and I were visiting Long Island we decided to take a drive to the Aquarium for a short day trip. We went on a Thursday so a bunch of the attractions were closed. We loved the shows ( Sea lion i think). I would definitely say this place was fun. Not sure if its worth the 27 bucks... More 

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Sound Beach, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I have a love/hate relationship with this place. When it isn't busy, it's a good place to take my three year old. However, it's small and they don't do anything to enhance or change the experience. The past few months, it seems like many exhibits were empty. When we were there this week I heard a mother lamenting "this is... More 

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