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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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Laurel, NY
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This attraction is an excellent choice for young, old and in-between. There is something to see for everyone and worth every penny. The exhibits keep you looking and you could go back the next day and not see what was right there the day before. Take your time, be amazed at all the wonderful life surrounding you and DON'T skip... More

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Uppsala
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I thought this aquarium had quite a good range of interesting animals with the sharks and the sea-lion show as particular high-lights. A couple of hours of fun if you're in the area.

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Long Island, NY
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I enjoy going to this aquarium and have gone few times before. I have never taken the pirate adventure where you snorkel with the stingrays. My son have been wanting to try it so I was thrilled to have found a groupon that includes both admission and the snorkel with stingray adventure. I bought the groupon and reserved the adventure... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

The place was pretty good and had plenty of cool things to see although I wasn't expecting monkeys. Just a bit overpriced IMO 52 bucks for me and my 3 year old seemed like a lot of money for a place that you could do in 2 hours .

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Aquebogue, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The dinner was excellent, more food than we hoped for, raw bar, salads, sides, bbq'd chicken and, of course, lobster. Plenty of wine and great service. Then we boarded the boat, fruit, cheeses, desserts and more wine. Couldn't have asked for a better night. Great value for the cost.

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New York, New York, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Very nice aquarium! Love the butterfly exhibit. The Atlantis adventure boat is good (my two daughters love it!

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We brought two of our nephews (one 7 yr old and one 4 yr old) to the aquarium last Sunday afternoon, and both adults and kids were having great time! All staffs (even some interns) are so friendly, helpful, and well-prepared to answer all of our questions throughout the site. On top of that, you can tell that they really... More

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

What a pleasant surprise. Every part of the day was spectacular. We had beautiful weather and we all enjoyed the aquarium. All of the staff was well trained and knowledgeable. All of the exhibits were clean and attractive. We had a wonderful lunch at the adjoining hotels restaurant. Kids particularly enjoyed the tidal pool exhibit where they were able to... More

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Brooklyn, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This would be of interest to adults and children. There are areas that allow patrons to touch the shells and sea creatures. The sharks were great and so were the penguins. Don't miss the butterfly area, bird and reptile areas too. Don't miss the sea lion demonstration outside. We paid the extra and took the boat excursion down the river... More

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St. James, New York, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

From the outside the Aquarium looks smaller than it is. There are many different exhibitions inside and outside exhibits and shows include sea lions and penguins. There was a pretty good size shark tank as well. The aquarium is famous for all of its coral. I had the opportunity to take a "behind the scenes" tour which, while not nearly... More

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