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“Aquarium”

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 young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Ronkonkoma, New York
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Aquarium”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Aquarium was clean, staff was helpful and friendly. It was easy to get to. The butterfly exhibit was extraordinary and the penguins were fun.

Visited June 2013
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Yaphank, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“overpriced”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

I've been in aquariums with five times more to see that charged lower admissions. It's a shame, but this place is just too expensive for what it offers. If it had more competition, I think it would not be successful.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Unique aquarium”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

We liked the different themed areas of the facility, was better than we expected for Riverhead! Would totally recommend to travelers.

Visited May 2013
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Sag Harbor, NY
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best bang for the buck!”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Kids and grownups all love it. It's a great aquarium and have wonderful shows. This one beats the one in Charleston, SC...and they thought they had the best! Go visit...you'll enjoy!

Visited November 2012
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babylon
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“What a great place to visit and host an event!”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

I recently held a surprise 70th birthday party for my dad at the Aquarium which was a huge success. I had it in the Riverfront Room which was transformed into a fun tropical oasis. I had hired a steel drummer who made the party so festive and lively.The staff at the Aquarium were so professional and accommodating as well as the Maitre"d who really made sure everything ran smoothly. Craig Alexander who books the events was a real pro and so personable and friendly he made everything so easy. The food was great and the ice bar was a huge hit with everyone. There were kids at the party and the loved being able to explore the Aquarium and also seeing the Sea Lion Show. I highly recommend this gem on Long Island. Many of my guest said they would come back with their grandchildren or on their own to visit the Aquarium.

Visited May 2013
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