Atlantis Marine World
Long Island’s own Aquarium, Atlantis Marine World offers many exiting exhibits for the whole family. Atlantis, located at 431 East Main Street in Riverhead, offers both indoor and outdoor activities that can take you from the local coastal marine life to exotic creatures that came from places as far away as Asia, Africa or the Antarctic. The aquarium is open daily year round (closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas days) from 10 am to 5 pm.
There are a great number of indoor exhibits you can enjoy at Atlantis Marine World. Some of these exhibits include Moon Jellies that were raised at the aquarium, a Giant Pacific Octopus, Electric Eel, a coral reef, Piranha, and Puffer Fish. There is an exhibit that examines the local rocky shores of Long Island and a touch tank where you can touch a Sting Ray (Ray Bay) as well as a normal touch tank where one can meet starfish, hermit crabs, clams and horseshoe crabs. Visitors can also view a Shipwreck/Artificial Reef which includes a variety of fish that are found on or around shipwrecks due to it being a hospitable environment. These examples are just a few of the many found indoors at Atlantis Marine World.
The Aquarium’s outdoor exhibits vary greatly, from an exhibit of rescued reptiles to a Shark Reef Lagoon where you can snorkel with Sting Rays and Bamboo Sharks. The exhibit Ancient Reptile Ruins is a showcase for reptiles that live near the water and have been rescued from places like people’s raided basements or tanks much too small for the animals. Some of these reptiles include a Asian water monitor, a caiman, chameleons, and iguanas. Atlantis includes a beautiful Koi Pond, an Interactive Salt Marsh, an exhibit of Japanese Snow Monkeys, Sea Otters, Penguins, and Seals. The Aquarium includes a Sea Lion show featuring California Sea Lions, Java and Bunker; the Sea Lions can be viewed through the underwater viewing windows as well. The last and most interesting interactive exhibit of Atlantis Marine World is the Shark Reef Lagoon where during the summer months visitors can snorkel with the Rays. The Lagoon is home to Sing Rays, Bamboo Sharks and other tropical fish; and you can get in the water with them here on Long Island instead of having to travel to a tropical setting.