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Atlantis Marine World - Long Island's Aquarium

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Atlantis Marine World

Atlantis Marine World

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
One of New York's largest aquariums, Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (formerly Atlantis Marine World) in Riverhead is open year-round and features over 80 exhibits, including Touch Tanks where visitors get up close and personal with living sea creatures, sleepovers, sea lion shows and more.

With its theme of the lost continent of Atlantis, the sprawling aquarium encompasses exhibits both indoors and outdoors. There's a seal exhibit outside as well as an indoor exhibit of swiftly swimming sharks. Very courageous (or very crazy!) visitors can pay an extra fee to dive down in a cage to observe the sharks as they swim uncomfortably close to the cage.

Sea Lions and Sand Sharks:

Outdoors, there are frequently scheduled shows in the Sea Lion Coliseum. Watch as sea lions frolic and penguins perform for the audience. You and your family will also enjoy talks on the aquarium's beautiful, living coral reef or facts about piranhas ---while you watch them gobble up their food--- or smile at the antics of frisky otters as they're treated to their meals.t

Meals and More:

The aquarium features the Atlantis Café with meals, snacks, beverages and desserts. After viewing the exhibits, are the kids in the mood for games? Then take them to Nemo's Family Fun Center, with games for all ages. Please note that visitors under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

You and your family can also pay extra to take a tour of the Peconic River on the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat, just behind the aquarium.

Atlantis Marine World is also home to The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, a marine mammal and sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation center.

Visiting Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center:

For specials and coupons, go to Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center 's website and click on Coupon Cove on the left hand side. After you choose the type of coupon you want and type in your e-mail address, you'll be able to print out a coupon for a discount on one of their special features.

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