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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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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
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431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901-2556
+1 631-208-9200
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

Nice aquarium as most are, little expensive if you don't get a group rate as school trips do and you're bringing a few children. Long Island's version of the NY Aquarium so enjoy!

Thank Susann F
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Compared to other aquariums I've visited, this one is average. Several outdoor displays were still not open for the season which is not unusual on Long Island. The indoor exhibits were nice. I really liked the background music and the style of the interior. A...More

1  Thank TheBookishYogini
Reviewed 1 May 2016

The Long Island Aquarium was one of my favorite places to visit when I lived on Long Island. They have a nice shark tank (and you can actually get in a cage with the sharks if you feel daring) but my favorite attraction is right...More

Thank Christian A
Reviewed 30 April 2016

I have been bringing my kids here since they were a year old. Each year has gotten more exciting for them. They love being able to touch live sea creatures, snakes and spiders. The penguins are a favorite as well as the seal show. We...More

Thank Kristin E
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

I grew up coming to this aquarium. I absolutely love everything about it. It's very lovely place and it's always clean and the animals always look at peace. The sea lion show is always fun! And their new addition of the butterfly and bird exhibit...More

Thank Pamela V
Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

It was a great day shared by my friends and my elderly mother. The shows were great. The one problem was it isn't handicapped friendly. Yes. The bathrooms had handicapped accessible as well as the shows. My mom had a walker and there wasn't flat...More

Thank suzierocks26
Reviewed 17 April 2016

It is a great place if you go with kids 16 and under. A lot of interaction with the animals. The Penguin Experience........Is it worth the extra money to be on the other side of the plexiglass and in the actually pen? Again, it depends...More

Thank Rosario S
Reviewed 9 April 2016

This aquarium may be far away for most people, but it is worth the trip. Absolutely beautiful exhibits, you can spend an entire day just enjoying all this place has to offer. Definitely bring the children as there are many hands on displays they can...More

Thank kiki1217
Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

Visited the aquarium with one year old twins. They loved the fish, butterflies, and anemones. We had them in carriers so they could see better. Strollers would be too low for them to see all the exhibits. Giant grouper came out and that was cool....More

Thank Bibiepatate
Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

We have been here many times with the children the kids seem to enjoy it each time we go they have many different excavations and classes that teach the kids about different marine life animals you can feed the stingrays and I think even swim...More

Thank Donna L
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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.
Joann G
18 August 2017|
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Response from LongIslandAquarium | Property representative |
No. We are wheelchair accessible, but you have to bring your own wheelchair.
18 July 2017|
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Response from PAM_from_LINY | Reviewed this property |
We saw the penguins outside and took photos--there were not many people there and no one advised us not to...