Family Outing: Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
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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).
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).
On weekends at the Penguin Pavilion, exhibit visitors have the opportunity to experience a 45-minute personal encounter with an African penguin ($50).
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.
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.
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
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