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“Excellent aquarium, but pricey”

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, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 14, 2014

This is a wonderful place to bring kids - my kids are 2 and 4 and they thoroughly enjoyed it.They have all the main exhibits you'd expect in an aquarium including live shows.

I would suggest calling ahead and seeing if there is a school field trip, it can get hairy.

1  Thank Kerstin T
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Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

Always pleasant visit with interesting exhibits. Better in the summer when you can see penguins outdoors. However , relatively small size of outdoor exhibits is an issue. But certainly a nice diversion on the East End.

Thank Neil B
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We attended a special Valentine event in the aquarium. What an incredible evening. It does not matter if you have kids or not, it's a great place to spend the day. Great way to escape and enjoy a memorable day.

Thank NascarMom5
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LongIslandAquarium, Manager at Long Island Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

Hi and thank you for your review of ChocoVino, our Valentine's Weekend Chocolate + Wine Pairing Dinner. We are so pleased to hear that you and your guest had a lovely time at this year's event and hope to be able to bring to you more adult events throughout the year. To that end, we have a summer wine cruise and lobster bake called Taste LI, along with a fall wine tasting event called Fish & Sips. We hope to see you at one of these events in the future and we thank you for attending this one.

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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Good but tough to avoid crowds. Could use more exhibits. Great outdoor area , by the bay.This review makes me go on and on and on....

Thank Garrett T
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead is a wonderful spot to spend a few hours. Admission is pricey, but they do so much marine life rehab there, it is worth every penny. All the staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable. We loved the Penguin Encounter - never knew penguins were so interesting!

Thank Slats62
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LongIslandAquarium, Manager at Long Island Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2014

Hi and thank you for your review - we are pleased that you enjoyed your recent visit and participated in our Penguin Encounter. Speaking of interesting facts about our African penguins - did you know that we recently had four penguin chicks? If you follow us on Facebook, we will be updating regularly. Thanks again + best fishes!

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