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Long Island Aquarium

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431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
+1 631-208-9200
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Long Island Aquarium Admission
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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.
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  • Average17%
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“shark tank” (48 reviews)
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431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
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+1 631-208-9200
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"sea lion show"
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"feed the stingrays"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Came during April vacation. Weather was cold & rainy. We had a great time. Kids loved seeing sharks, penguins, octopus, sea lion show ( a must - but it’s outdoors- so be prepared for weather). Friendly staff and volunteers. Butterflies and birds, too! Good for...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is plenty to see at this aquarium. I am a big fan of the tropical fish. The sea lion show is my favorite part of the experience. Overall, this is not the best aquarium but it's perfect for Long Island.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It can't be safe and probably isn't legal but of the glass swinging exit doors, one side was locked. If there were an emergency, this would be catastrophic.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This proved to a very enjoyable family experience , particularly exciting for my 5 year old granddaughter. The range of exhibits is quite superb and the staff on hand were very friendly and helpful. The free flying butterflies were a popular attraction. Elsewhere the opportunities...More

2  Thank Ronald S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The sharks and sea lions were great, and I have never been so close to rays (such a strange animal). The aquarium also has various animals, including a nice little butterfly and bird section. Both parents and 5-year old spent a good afternoon here.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the Hyatt east end next door. We were able to get the cheapest mid week/off season prices for the Aquarium and walked right in with no lines. Alot of interactive venues for the kids. It's not a large aquarium but there was...More

2  Thank rick c
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

The LI Aquarium was much larger and better outfitted than expected. There were so many fantastic exhibits. The shark tank was very large and well done. We enjoyed all the marine life and were surprised to also find a butterfly exhibit in the middle of...More

Thank Jason A
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LongIslandAquarium, Manager at Long Island Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review! We're glad you and your family enjoyed your visit and hope you do make it out to see us again.

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Great place to visit especially with children. A bit pricey so take advantage of any discounts they may offer ie AAA, AARP, Senior Thursday etc. Sea lion, penguin, and otter shows. Colorful and well maintained tanks from small fish to sharks. Great Butterfly house and...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Our family with a 2 and almost 4 year old really enjoyed our trip to the Aquarium. We arrived around 11am on a Saturday. Was busy, but not crowded. Parking is a few blocks away, but there is a free shuttle if needed. Seems like...More

Thank MTrav
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Wife and I took my daughter and granddaughter and everyone had a great time and learned alot our areas wildlife.

Thank Richard L
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BostonMary2013
16 April 2018|
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Response from SueVirginiaBeach_Va | Reviewed this property |
Yes you will have to go inside and outside to see all. Bring warm and appropriate rain clothes.
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lmarie444
8 October 2017|
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Response from LongIslandAquarium | Property representative |
You can rush through in an hour, but typically it will take between 3-5 hours to see everything there is to see. Don't miss the Sea Lion shows and our schedule Talk & Feed lecture series.
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Joann G
19 August 2017|
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Response from LongIslandAquarium | Property representative |
No. We are wheelchair accessible, but you have to bring your own wheelchair.
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