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   Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
631-208-9200 x 426
431 E Main St
Riverhead, NY

Long Island Aquarium

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 exhibit features more than 30 species of North American and exotic, tropical free-flying butterflies and is the only insect exhibit 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 year 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)!

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Summer Adventure Day Camp

Children ages 2-16 explore the wonders of the marine environment through age-appropriate learning and activities. A river boat adventure, close encounters with marine creatures, the chance to catch fish on a deserted island – just some of the fun for children 8 and younger. Older children can collect and identify marine specimens, climb a rock wall, go canoeing and kayaking, take a Shark Dive and Snorkel Adventure, and more!

Please visit our website for details and pricing. 

Shark Dive

Daily at 11

An extreme adventure like no other, Shark Dive is an experience that puts you nose-to nose with some of the ocean’s top predators inside our 120,000-gallon Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit. No diving certification is necessary, and a trained Shark Dive Instructor accompanies all participants. Guests must be 12 and over. Kids aged 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Each participant will receive a beach towel!

Price: $165 includes Aquarium Admission

Penguin Encounter

Daily at 1:30; Weekends and holidays at 11 & 1:30; Summer days at 11, 1:30 & 3:30pm   

Imagine a close-up meeting with an African penguin – a 45-minute interactive experience where you go behind the scenes and learn how our animal experts care for these playful birds. You’ll see the inner workings of the Penguin Pavilion exhibit firsthand, and learn how staff cares for the exhibit’s residents. And the best part, you’ll enter Penguin Preschool and meet the penguins! Nothing’s cuter than seeing them waddle, swim, even shake their tail feathers! And you can capture this incredible moment because photos are permitted! Children under 12 must be accompanied by paying adult. Children under 5 are not permitted.

Price: $50 + Aquarium Admission

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Sea Lion Selfies

Weekends & Holidays at 1& 2:45; Summers daily at 1& 2:45

Don’t miss an opportunity for a unique encounter you’ll never forget – a keepsake photo with Java, one of our lovable sea lions! Choose from one of four poses: A Kiss, a Cheeky Smile, a Wag of the Tongue or Open Wide! Children under 7 must be accompanied by a paying adult with adult receiving photo. Up to 2 people per photo.

Price: $16 for a 5 X 7 photo; $18 for an 8 X 10 photo; $5 Add-on emailed photo – must purchase printed photo (prices do not include Aquarium Admission)

Pirate Snorkel Adventure

Daily; July 1 – Labor Day - 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:00pm, 3:15pm

Locate missing treasure while experiencing the beauty and magic of tropical Snorkeling - right on Long Island! While searching, be sure to see how many different types of fish you can identify.  We’re stocked with plenty, including fish from all around the world! And when you’re done, walk away with some booty of your own – a $2.00 arcade card good at our Family Fun Center! Guests must be beyond diaper age and accompanied by a parent / guardian if under 7.

Price: $37.50 + Aquarium Admission  

Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat

May – Weekdays Groups Only, Weekends - Check the Website for Times

Daily June – Labor Day- Check the Website for Times

Add extra aquatic adventure to your visit with an interactive cruise aboard the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat. Over the course of your trip, you and your family will enjoy plenty of hands-on exploration, including trap pulls, horseshoe crab encounters, and a stroll along a remote beach.

Price: $13 add on with Aquarium Admission or $20 for Boat ONLY

Children 2 & Under: $5

(Suffolk County Green Key Cardholders enjoy 25% off)

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Daily at 1:15pm

Go behind-the-scenes and see firsthand all that’s involved in creating a home for our aquatic residents, including helping to feed our clownfish!

Price: $5 + Aquarium Admission

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 East End and located adjacent to the property. Visit or call 631.208.0002 for more details.

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