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“Kids had a great time”

Long Island Aquarium
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Ranked #2 of 30 things to do in Riverhead
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Owner description: This FINtastic destination features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, African Penguins, Marmosets, numerous touch tanks and more than 100 exhibits including the lavish indoor gardens of our Butterflies, Bugs and Birds Exhibit! This Section features more than 30 species of North American and exotic, tropical free-flying butterflies and is the only insect displays of its kind in New York (and one of the only exhibits like this in the Northeast) featuring bugs ranging from most deadly to largest and most colorful. You can even hand feed the gorgeous conures, ringnecks and lovebirds in our Bird Aviary. We're celebrating our 15th birthday this year and we want you to join the celebration. You'll get FREE Aquarium admission (with valid ID) within 7 days of your birthday!! You can also try one of our JAWsome Aquatic Adventures, like the Shark Dive where you'll get in the cage and down into our amazing Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit. Or the Penguin Encounter where you'll get up close and personal with our cutest feathered friends. You can even snorkel with tropical fish from around the world with our Pirate Snorkel Adventure (seasonal)! There are plenty of special events on the calendar, for guests of all ages. Check our website for a full listing of the great activities you won't want to miss. Like our Family Sleepovers, where you'll explore the Aquarium after hours, then spend the night in front of one of the tanks. Or Fish & Sips, our adults only wine tasting event featuring more than 20 local vineyards with tasting and purchasing opportunities. You can celebrate the holidays with us at our Holiday Brunches for Easter, Mother's Day or to celebrate Christmas with our Santa Brunch. We can also help you host your child's next birthday, we specialize in parties and have a wide range of party packages to offer. Planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Sweet 16? We've got you covered, our Atlantis Banquets & Events team will make your child's special day the party of the year. You can even get married where the walls are alive with our most colorful and tropical exhibits! Named a Top 10 Aquarium for Children by Parents Magazine, the Long Island Aquarium is open daily from10am to 5pm year-round (Closed Christmas & Thanksgiving Days). You can add to the fun with an overnight stay at the waterfront Hyatt Place Long Island / East End and located adjacent to the property.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed January 12, 2013

We took the kids to the aquarium for a nice for a nice family outing on Saturday. They had a great time exploring at all the exibits. We had received tickets to the butterfly exhibit as a christmas present (exhibit was quite expensive, so we are glad that we had the gift). They really loved seeing the butterflies and birds up-close. They thought it was hilarious that the butterflies kept landing on their mother's head. Did not get to see the sealion show because it was raining and we did not want to have them out in the open air arena sitting on the wet seats. The shark tank was a huge hit and they loved feeding the rays out by the main entrance.

2 things to note: 1st, it can be very crowded around midafternoon, especially if there is no school or if it is a weekend. You should definitely try for earlier in the day or on a weekday when all of the kids will be in school.
2nd, the only non-emergancy exit from the aquarium is through the gift shop. Be prepared to divert your kid's attention on your way through, or you may end up having to spend a pretty penny on their overpriced wares.

We opted to buy the 1-year members passes because we knew the kids would have a great time and it is a much better deal than buying a day pass. We will definitely be going back, though we will be trying for a weekday next time.

Thank Luigi_Green
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

It is a small aquarium, but we love it. We got a special from TravelZoo for the tickets. The weather is very cold, and I think we will come back in the summer time. Love the otters and Stingrays! You can feed the stingrays and they are very hungry! LOL!

Thank juju530
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Very nice aquarium. Good variety of fish and other animals. Great for kids. Best to visit in summer when you can see the outside exhibits. Pricey.

Thank Rebecca G
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

My family visited the aquarium last week and had a great time. I particually endorse the penguin experience. It was great.

Thank BOB248
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

My daughter (1 1/2 at the time) loved watching the unique marine life in the tanks, feeding the Manta Rays, and enjoyed the cafe and the penguins as well. While the food was not very memorable, we didn't go there for the food, so it really didn't matter to us. I will never forget her face plastered against the tank in awe of all of the colors and creatures! Now that she is 4 and our son is 5 months, we are planning another trip this coming summer. Looking forward to it, and certainly worth a visit with your children for a day trip out to Riverhead!

Thank Kristin B
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