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Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

#1 of 29 things to do in Riverhead Features Animals
431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
+1 631-208-9200
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A bit expensive, nice aquarium.

Not huge but one of the nicer aquariums I've been to. We got there around opening on a Saturday and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
New Jersey
Shark dive

My son has loved sharks since he was 5 and now 18. He dived with sharks and said it was the best... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
+1 631-208-9200
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Reviewed yesterday

Not huge but one of the nicer aquariums I've been to. We got there around opening on a Saturday and it wasn't too busy. The outside sea lion show was very entertaining. They definitely put a lot of care and thought to the setup of...More

Thank StonewallBrigade
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My son has loved sharks since he was 5 and now 18. He dived with sharks and said it was the best experience ever. It was a great little aquarium. We recommend the dive

1  Thank Kristie N
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's a great day activity, there is a lot to see, do and touch. Very informative, I've been a few times and it's never dull.

Thank allie d
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a real good time at the aquarium. Admission is $29 for adults but you can get your money's worth if you stay for a few hours. Feeding and feeling the sting rays are cool but they charge you three dollars for a small...More

Thank Negatron N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were not planning to go, but at the end we went and we were very surprised that it was a big aquarium, with many attractions for children, well equipped for babies and toddlers (nice step for washing hands😉) and young kind and motivated service....More

Thank diana g
Reviewed 1 week ago

I could sit there for hours to watch the fish and corals. So well done! I hear you can also cater an event in front of that tank. I'll keep that in mind for some event in the future. The staff is caring and really...More

Thank DonCapeMayBeach
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife, son, and I visited the aquarium during Memorial Day weekend, and we had a very fun time. There are a lot of nice exhibits, including a huge shark tank that my son really loved, and a sea lion show that was entertaining. There's...More

Thank Daniel L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love going to this aquarium. Indoor and outdoor activities. Love the butterfly room the most. Great for a few hours of fun!

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe it's because I've been to much larger aquariums, but I was not impressed with this one. Although it was enjoyable and the kids had a lot of fun. They do have quite a bit of exhibits and the place is fairly well kept. They...More

1  Thank MiddleAgedTravlrs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice aquarium with sharks, a sea lion show , butterflies , birds , and hip of other speeches a and fishes inside and outside. The coolest thing is that you can dive with sharks! For us normal it's fun enough to feed the stingrays...More

1  Thank Sue L
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Alberto C
How it's costs to go in there
9 August 2016|
Response from Fred L | Reviewed this property |
It's reasonable for what they offer. There are different options that increase the price quite a bit. Go on their website to view prices and options.
Cathy L
How much do you get to see with just the Exhibition tickets?
19 July 2015|
Response from SeasideGrill2012 |
If you purchase just the Exhibition Center tickets, you only have access to the Butterflies, Bugs & Birds exhibit (in addition to the seals in front of the building). If you purchase tickets to the Aquarium, the Exhibition... More