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“Fun way to spend a cloudy day!”

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Ranked #1 of 29 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, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
NYC area
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fun way to spend a cloudy day!”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a blast here! Lots of fun exhibits, rides (these cost extra) and a very good outdoor cafe for lunch. Great with kids or just fun for adults!

Visited August 2014
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New York City, New York
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Quick Getaway from NYC”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband and I took our 3 yr old son here for a quick getaway from the NYC rat race. He loved it! There was a lot to see but not too expansive that we needed a stroller. There are several activities for older kids as well like swimming with the fishes and for the very brave, the shark tank. We enjoyed how interactive everything was. You can feed the rays and birds. They even had a beautiful butterfly exhibit. Worth the trip and if you can swing an overnight there is plenty to do in area.

Visited July 2014
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Mount Sinai, New York
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Snorkeling Fun”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Pirate Snorkeling Adventure won't compete if you've been snorkeling off a Caribbean island, but it's great fun for the younger set. There are tropical fish, rays and even (harmless) sharks to be seen and even touched and puzzles pieces to be retrieved from the bottom of the salt water "lagoon". The prizes for finding all the puzzles pieces are tokens for the arcade area, but the real fun is in the swimming. Masks (or goggles, if you prefer), snorkels and towels provided along with changing rooms. Your fee gets you about 45 min. in the lagoon, which is located outdoors with some overhead canopies providing some shade. The fee for this attraction includes your entry fee and entry to most other attractions, including the butterfly exhibit, which was a real plus.

Visited July 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Aquarium - Butterfly exhibit”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

This attraction is an excellent choice for young, old and in-between. There is something to see for everyone and worth every penny. The exhibits keep you looking and you could go back the next day and not see what was right there the day before. Take your time, be amazed at all the wonderful life surrounding you and DON'T skip the butterfly exhibit - there is one HUGE . . . . I mean REALLY HUGE lepidoptera you don't want to miss!

Visited July 2014
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Aquarium visit”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

I thought this aquarium had quite a good range of interesting animals with the sharks and the sea-lion show as particular high-lights. A couple of hours of fun if you're in the area.

Visited July 2014
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