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“First Aquarium Visit and What a Great Surprise”

Long Island Aquarium
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Riverhead
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Visiting a young niece and nephew out on Long Island. One day we went to the aquarium with them, School was out so it was a bit crowded but nothing that stopped us from enjoying the exhibits. And enjoy them we did. The two kids both about 18 months had a great time. The four adults with them enjoyed it just as much. Don't miss the sea lion show. The only complaint is that it is too short. It is great fun. At $22 for adults it is on the expensive side. (Note that is only for the aquarium. It is extra for other exhibits) But you can easily spend several hours there - both inside and outside- so it is money well spent.

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Have been there numerous times. Always interesting and fresh. They are constantly improving. They started good now they are great. A great side trip for the kids from wine country. Sharks to jellyfish they have it all.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

What a wonderful way to spend a day with children....I enjoyed this experience so much that we went back again a few weeks later with all four of my grandchildren. I cannot wait until they have the outdoor shows again so we can enjoy the sea lions in residence. There is much to see, the butterflies, birds, sting rays etc....
Everyone is helpful, kind and willing to spend time with you to explain anything you have questions about, a fun place for all.

3  Thank marie s
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

On Saturday, March 9, 2013 we paid a visit to the Atlantis Aquarium and Exhibition Center. We have been there before and enjoyed the experience. This aquarium has a variety of exhibits, both indoor and outdoor. There are some unusual exhibits. For example, this aquarium has tank which includes two Japanese spider crabs. These crabs are quite large and have an interesting appearance.

The aquarium has shows with seals and other aquatic animals that is worth seeing.

The exhibition hall currently features butterflies (keep mouth closed or you could become rather anxious - butterflies in your stomach!). Seriously, the butterflies are truly beautiful. There is also an exhibit of exotic birds that are worth the experience. The butterflies and the birds may land on you. There is an extra fee for the exhibit hall.

Note: There is no parking lot, per se so you will need to park on the street.

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

went to the aquarium and spent a few hours here. the staff was very friendly and helpfull. very clean and educational. saw all the exhibitions. would come back.

1  Thank dutchbuis
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