Suffolk
Helping Parents Make Better Decisions
Family Outing: Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

Family Outing: Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center


Swim with sharks, feed massive stingrays, or just marvel at the marine life from habitats as diverse as Africa, the Amazon, and even Atlantis, at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center.

coral reef

Visitors to the aquarium can experience the Western hemisphere's largest all-living coral reef display, which holds more than one million gallons of water.

 

The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, formerly known as Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, is no ordinary aquarium. This 3.2-acre, full-scale aquatic haven and newly opened exhibition center in downtown Riverhead along the scenic Peconic River immerses visitors in a journey full of adventure, education, and wonder. Named among the Top 10 Best Aquariums for Kids (nationally!) by Parents magazine, the aquarium changed its name this summer when it celebrated its 11th anniversary and completed a $24 million expansion that includes the new exhibition center and the Hyatt Place East End hotel.

 

Year-Round Activities

The ambience inside the Long Island Aquarium allows visitors to feel as though they've been transported to the wondrous Lost City of Atlantis. The indoor exhibits give you the opportunity to experience environments as diverse as the Amazon Rainforest, Africa's Lake Malawi, and the Long Island Coast, while the outdoor exhibits featured along the banks of the Peconic River bring to life ancient ruins, tropical lagoons, and the shores of South Africa.

Get up close and personal with marine life from all over the world, including sharks, penguins, sea lions, giant octopuses, piranhas, sting rays, and crustaceans of all natures. Kids can hand-feed massive stingrays, bass, and even dogfish all year 'round, or head over to the Touch Tank for a hands-on experience with marine life like starfish, clams, and hermit crabs. And don't miss the popular Sea Lion Show, featuring the many talents of the aquarium's California sea lions (several shows daily).

Plan in advance to sign up for the aquarium's Aquatic Adventures, which include diving with sharks and snorkeling with stingrays.

Connected to the Long Island Aquarium is the new Long Island Exhibition Center. Since opening July 1, the center grants guests access to exotic birds and butterflies from vastly different global regions.

Out-of-town visitors can stay at the newly built, 100-room-and-suite Hyatt Place East End Hotel, located steps away from the aquarium and exhibition hall. Call 631-574-8008 x277 for more information and reservations.

 

Special Features

Shark Dive



The Shark Dive is an experience like no other -- sign up and you'll be immersed underwater in the 120,000-gallon Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit ($155).

Long Island Environmental Tour Boat Adventure

Activities change with the seasons. From May through October, visitors can hop aboard the Atlantis Explorer, where children can become Scientists for a Day and take an interactive boat tour to discover the ecological marvels hidden within Long Island's waterways ($18.50; $5 children ages 2 and younger).

penguin pavilion long island aquarium

On weekends at the Penguin Pavilion, exhibit visitors have the opportunity to experience a 45-minute personal encounter with an African penguin ($50).

snorkeling with stingrays

Kids can partake in a Pirate Snorkel Adventure ($35), daily in the summer and weekends and holidays in September. They'll help Captain Poseidon find his buried treasure while swimming with tropical fish.  

exotic butterly at Long Island Exhibition Center

The exhibition center, part of the aquarium's $24 million expansion, features an indoor exotic butterfly and bird exhibit. This exhibit will change every few years.   

 

Details

Address: 431 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901

Hours: Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center is open 10am-5pm daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Price: Admission: $32.50; $27.50 children (3-17) and seniors (62 and older); free for children ages 2 and younger. Aquarium only: $23.50; $19.50 children (3-17) and seniors (62 and older); free for children ages 2 and younger. Exhibition Center only: $13.50; $10.50 children (3-17) and seniors (62 and older); free for children ages 2 and younger.

For more information: 631-208-9200 or longislandaquarium.com

 

More Fun

For even more fun family events and activities in the New York City area, see our full, searchable calendar of events.

  


Want more content like this? Great Family Activities Sent To You!


More Family Activities Articles:

The Long Island Science Center Opens in Riverhead

The Long Island Science Center will celebrate the Grand Opening of its Riverhead location on Thursday, Jan. 17, complete with a ribbon cutting ceremo...


Latest News:

40 Things to Do Outdoors on Long Island with Your Kids

Here's your spring Long Island bucket list for families—filled with outdoor activities on Long Island to do with your kids.


Family Activities:

Preschool Signs

Patchogue-Medford Library May. 06, 2021

Themed basic sign language class for children 2-6 years+ and their parents/caregiver/families. Jo...



Have a Laugh:

Best Memes of the Week for Parents

Here are the funniest parenting memes from Instagram, Facebook, and Reddit this week.

Featured Listings:

Kids Country Day Camp

Kids Country Day Camp

Mount Sinai, NY Kids Country Day Camp is a sports, adventure, and recreational day camp for children 3 - 12 years of age. We are located on 10 beautiful acres in the ...

@ Play Amusements

@ Play Amusements

Farmingdale, NY Welcome to @ Play Amusements! We are Long Island’s newest location for family fun! Our facility is fully remodeled and equipped with exciting rides, ...

Urban Air Lake Grove

Urban Air Lake Grove

Lake Grove, NY Escape the same old birthday formulas with a unique experience that allows you run, jump and soar! Test your skills in the Warrior Obstacle Course and...