BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA
Located in Riverhead, the Long Island Aquarium is a sure way to enjoy all that New York has to offer this summer. Themed around “The Lost City of Atlantis,” it offers children and parents alike informative entertainment with its breathtaking exhibits and rare adventures.
Founded 15 years ago, the Long Island Aquarium has grown significantly, attracting visitors from all across the Tri-State and beyond. Conveniently located near the Hyatt Hotel, visitors can make a vacation out of the trip, visiting the aquarium multiple times to enjoy all it has to offer.
“We’ve grown so greatly throughout the years. We’ve become a destination for staycations,” said marketing rep Darlene Puntillo. “A lot of people aren’t going away as much, but they still want to get away. So it’s fun to book a package at the Hyatt, come out for a week and visit the aquarium.”
When walking through Long Island Aquarium, you can observe a variety of beautiful sea creatures ranging from sharks to sea lions and dolphins to sting rays. In addition to its exhibits, the aquarium also offers a multitude of unique experiences, like shark diving or a 45-minute penguin encounter.
“Guests get to go into the penguin preschool and they bring in a couple of our penguins to socialize with the guests,” Puntillo said. “They get to pet them, watch them waddle around and take video. They are just adorable and it’s a really wonderful opportunity for our guests to get that up-close experience with a penguin. You’re not going to get that anywhere else.”
The Long Island Aquarium offers a number of other interactive experiences, including the Atlantis Discovery Tour. The thrilling and educational experience gives New Yorkers a chance to get away from the City to appreciate the beauty of nature.
“There’s just so much to do here that one day is just not enough,” Puntillo said.
For more information about the Long Island Aquarium, including prices and activities, visit www.longislandaquarium.com.
Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org or @nkozikowska.