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“For animal lovers- Aqauarium at Atlantis”

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: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Wading River, NY
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“For animal lovers- Aqauarium at Atlantis”
Reviewed October 31, 2006

For nature lovers a must. Aside from exhibits on the grounds there's an excursion available aboard The Explorer that lends a hands on tutorial along the way to a small island between the forks . They pick up traps they have set (animal friendly of course) and kids seem to love to see/touch these creatures in this hands on learning environment. Then they stop at island and you explore for shells, footprints etc. Additionally, at the aqauarium itself, you can register in advance for a day with their trained seals or dive in a shark cage in their aquarium. You can even snorkel with the stingrays. The Atlantis Marine Aquarium does a great part of maintaing our shores and safekeeping the wildlife through programs, many of volunteers and your fees paid help. Many animals such as seals are rehabilitated and re-released off the shores of Long Island. Check in advance for some programs are seasonal.

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