Located in Riverhead, NY, the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center is situated on nearly seven acres along the scenic Peconic River. General construction began on the facility in late spring of 1999, with its official opening on June 15, 2000, marking it as the first large-scale Aquarium to open in New York State in more than 35 years. This ground-up 100,000 sq. ft. complex construction project was themed around the “Lost City of Atlantis,” and included installation of an 180,000 gallon shark tank and a 20,000 gallon tank containing the only living reef in North America. Also home to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, New York State’s only authorized marine mammal and sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation center, the facility features an outdoor performance amphitheater, cafeteria, office suite, and a catering hall.

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