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Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

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Address: 431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
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+1 631-208-9200
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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This FINtastic destination features one of the largest all-living coral...

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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Ok..so make sure all attractuons are open!!!, they will charge you the same crazy price even if half the attractions are closed so note...july 1st is usually the time when... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Floral Park, New York
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Saint James, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's just okay. A. It pricey $60 for two adults and we were done in an hour. Shark tank is cool. Penguins are fun but expected more out of this aquarium. One and done will not be back.

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1 Thank Dan T
Franklin Square, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great little aquarium with just enough to keep our 5yo entertained. Too bad it was December. They have a lot of outdoor space that was not open. There was a new room off the butterfly room with birds you could feed. That was a lot of fun. When your arm is covered in little birds makes for a great pic.... More 

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Stuart, Florida, United States
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this Aquarium. It is quite large and full of unexpected fun. Grandkids love it...all ages! So do the adults.

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Thank Judith L
Wantagh, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoy this aquarium, it's not as big as some others but it's really a nice place with excellent exhibits.

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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This aquarium does not seem big from the outside, but it really was.....and my kids and their cousin (who are 5&6) had a blast. You can pet stingrays, they have a great sea lion show as well. They had a shark tank, penguins and some really beautiful coral and colorful fish tanks. My personal favorite was the butterfly room. It... More 

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1 Thank LALA426
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have gone to the Long Island Aquarium many times over the years I think help funding a local Aquarium is important. The Pros: Close easy drive & some nice exhibits shark tank and sea lions and Butterfly. The Con's $$$$ Very over priced you will spend a good chunk of cash. Some of the exhibits were closed or under... More 

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Floral Park, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ok..so make sure all attractuons are open!!!, they will charge you the same crazy price even if half the attractions are closed so note...july 1st is usually the time when everything inside and outside is open... Also...if you join for the year and get 10percent off all food and ice cream etc... It doesnt include the outside stands!!! Crazy i... More 

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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Wonderful! Must see and go! Really great for children of all ages! The tour was educational and the stall informative, we will go back there again!

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Reviewed 16 April 2017

I went with my 4 year old nephew in Feb to the aquarium because it was beautiful sunny & warm day out. The first issue I have with the aquarium is the parking facility. The parking lot really, really, really needs to be paved. It had major potholes and was difficult to walk on with a stroller as my nephew... More 

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Canton, Michigan
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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

My boys, 2.5 and 6.5, had a great time on a rainy day here. The sea lion show was great - perfect length for the kids, and very educational without being too hokey. The animals all seemed very well cared for. Tons to do and wish we could visit in the summer to enjoy the outdoor activities. The kids really... More 

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LongIslandAquarium, Public Relations Manager at Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write a review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you can come check us out over the summer! More 

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