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“Expansive collection”

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Ranked #1 of 28 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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
New York
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77 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Expansive collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

This aquarium is very nice and much larger than we had originally anticipated. We just went through several exhibits before our kids were too tired to continue. We enjoyed the sea lion show which was about 10 minutes but it is very basic, with just one performing sea lion.

Visited September 2013
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Miller Place, New York
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great for grandkids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

I took my grandkids, ages 3 and 9. They loved everything. The stingrays, the shark tank, hands on exhibit, butterfly garden.

Visited July 2013
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117 reviews
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“Reviewing for catering experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

This facility is enormously expensive, but tremendously gorgeous. You would never think of an aquarium to host a party. However, it exceeded the expectations of every one of our guests for my daughter's first birthday party. There are two gorgeous rooms upstairs, one of them has an unbelievable water view from tremendous windows. The other is gorgeous, but not as large and with no view. You can negotiate for rooms, prices, minimums, add-ons, food, etc. but it's all going to be expensive.

Your guests get a free aquarium pass for the day. We paid extra (a la negotiation) for the BUTTERFLIES- THE BEST PART OF THE AQUARIUM!!! Guests can wander all day, or they can go down for a casual tour with a staff member that they set up for you. You'll get some special treatment (a roped off section) for the seal or (sea lion) act.

We had several guests inquire about booking their parties here. When they found out the price they bailed out. It's worth every penny. The food was good, there was lots to do, lots to look at. It would be great for everything from a shower to a wedding. Consider it!

Visited November 2012
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Great aquarium for families!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

This aquarium is a favorite of our family and we always visit when in the Riverhead area. It is not too big but my children find it just enough to get their fill for a day of fun. Great place!

Visited August 2013
Thank Twinmommi
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Venice, Florida
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129 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Old and not very informative”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

While the kids seem happy, this place needs repair and upgrading. Poorly lit and not very informative, and expensive to boot! Seems they have lost an opportunity.

Visited September 2013
Thank martonewyork
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