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Long Island Aquarium
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Long Island Aquarium Admission
Ranked #1 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 young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 28, 2013

We were not planning on going here, but stopped after a day of pumpkin picking. The Expo center (birds and butterflies) were a separate ticket. We purchased admission to both the aquarium and expo center. Overall admission was expensive, over $80 for just the two of us. We went on "off season" so much of the outside area appeared closed which was disappointing considering the price we paid. The tanks, however were the cleanest we've seen in any aquarium. They had the usual creatures, sharks, touch tank with rays, salt water, fresh water, and tropical/amazon fish. There were also some animals like bats, sea lions, monkeys and otters. We were in and out of both centers in a little under 2 hours. parking was up the block ($8) with a free shuttle, we probably could have parked on a side street for free, but we didn't think to look. There was also a fee to do the submarine "ride" and other "Extras", again, most seemed closed when we were there, such as taking photos with the parrots (in the aquarium, not the expo center). If we do go back, it would be for the expo center, not the aquarium portion.

Thank Danielle M
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

The Long Island Aquarium, formally Atlantis, is a great place to spend the day with or without children. The aquatic life are beautifully displayed and the décor is fun and inviting. You can purchase food to feed the rays. During the spring through fall, they have an outside area that is great to explore as well, with penguins to monkeys. In the last few years or so, they added a butterfly area and aviary to explore. The butterfly exhibit is on par with the Museum of Natural History and the Bronx Zoo. If you love birds, you can purchase food to feed them too. There is an organization that saves Parrots that were once pets and for a donation, you can get your picture with them. I have them with my kids over many years. They have a cafeteria to eat lunch, but there are plenty of restaurants near the outlets, only minutes away. If you plan on going more than once per year, definitely buy the membership. It is the best deal.

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Reviewed October 26, 2013

lots to see and do, some hands on things to do with the kids. there is a boat ride on flanders bay to a remote beach to observe sea life. you could go in the tank to feed the sharks, of course in a cage with scuba equiptment. there is also a pool where you could swim with the baby sharks and stingrays with snorkel gear. these are an additional charge but well worth the experience. the butterfly room is so cool. lots of colorful ones flying around and they land on your shoulder or hand, so cool. plan on spending the day, there is lots to see. great for teens as well.

Thank 123karen51
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Reviewed October 21, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I took two of our Grandkids to visit Riverhead and took them to see this attraction after a walk along the river. It's just the right size for a five year old and a one and a half year old. They loved to touch the horseshoe crabs and sting rays! The number of tanks where just right for their attention span. My only complaint is the cost and all the additional charges.

Thank Milford_PaMooseman
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

I love aquariums. If I lived further west I would head into the Brooklyn Aquarium by Coney Island, When you finish visiting the aquarium you can walk to the beach or the amusement park. Or take the ferry to Conn. Aquarium.
Of the three Brooklyn is my favorite. None compare to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
I can walk to LI Aquarium so am getting a family membership.
The touch tank is fun. The exhibits are nice but the whole place is compressed.
I always feel nickle and dimed when I go there. You can not leave without going through the expensive gift shop.
Food is expensive and not really worth the expense.
Staff is friendly.

Thank BridgetRiver
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