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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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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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Great experience for our 4 year old

Our family loves Aquariums. Being new to Long Island, we saw it fit to take our daughter here for her birthday. She enjoyed it. The aquarium, although smaller than some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Freeport, New York
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Freeport, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Our family loves Aquariums. Being new to Long Island, we saw it fit to take our daughter here for her birthday. She enjoyed it. The aquarium, although smaller than some other ones we've visited did not disappoint. It had more exhibits and interactive experiences than we expected. Our daughter loved the the Amazon Aviary, Butterfly Exhibit, 'Ray Bay', the Japanese... More 

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Costa Rica
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This nice small aquarium happens to be located in a very expensive area and pretty much like everything else you over pay. Most locals can afford those prices but out-comers like me can't. I went because a local paid for it. It is nice and seems to be managed properly but you have to save to visit or save to... More 

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Lake Grove, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This aquarium is cute, but way overpriced! They charge extra to feed the stingrays and the birds. This should be included in the exorbitant price they charge for admission! There are some cool things to see...monkeys outside are very entertaining! Penguins are cute too. It is a nice place and a fun time but the price leaves a bad taste... More 

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Port Washington, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

The Aquarium is nice, a bit dated and not very large. I found too many windows not very clean, which made it a bit harder viewing the animals and made us wonder if the animals's water are cleaner. If you visited before the larger aquariums (Atlanta, Baltimore etc.), you might be in for a disappointment. The kids (8 & 5),... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We attended a wedding here and everything was done just perfectly! The staff were on top of every detail and I cannot say enough about the quality of the food and the staff. I would highly recommend them for any wedding or event!!

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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NYC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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