Coati Connection

Come join our Coati Ambassadors as they explore our new Critter Corner encounter room

  • Watch our two energetic Coati brothers interact with their favorite toys, scents, and forage for their favorite food
  •  Get an up close and personal experience while learning about this
    dynamic brother duo
  • All participants must be 10 and over and must be able to follow
    instructions and remain seated for approximately 20 mins.
  • Children age 12 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.
  • Handheld cameras permitted but no flash photography.
  • Must reserve at least 24 hour in advance.

When working with animals, they call the shots. Each encounter is unique and may contain different elements.

Day/Times
Tuesdays/ 11am
Session = 30 minutes (approx.)

Price
$40.00
(Aquarium Members: $36)*

 

 

 

>> Click to Download the Waiver<<

 

*Must be 12 years or older and reserved 24 hours in advance. All participants must complete waiver prior to adventure. Aquarium admission is not included and is required for the adventure!

Painting with Pinnipeds

Create a masterpiece!

Paint with a Pinniped

Create a Custom Canvas with our Sea Lions during Painting with Pinnipeds!

Learn all about the stars of our Sea Lion presentations and participate in a show!

• Learn about these playful animals, why they are so important to us and learn about enrichment activities.
• Find out why and how the sea lions paint, about the materials used, select your paint colors and get a briefing
on the experience.
• At the end of the session, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind painting completed by a California Sea Lion!

When working with animals, they call the shots. Each encounter is unique and may contain different elements.

Price $50 (Aquarium Members: $45)*

Dates & Tines:
Sundays @ 3:45pm
Mondays @ 10:30am
Session = 30 minutes (approx.)

 

>> Click to Download the Waiver<<

Pinniped Encounter Rules

  • SEAL ENCOUNTER: Guests must have the ability to go up and down steps and uneven surfaces. Unfortunately, guests in wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.
  • SEA LION ENCOUNTER: Guests in wheelchairs can be accommodated, please notify staff at the time of reservation.
  • To ensure the safety of our animals, personal cameras (including those in cell phones or other electronic devices) cannot be used during your animal program.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than 24-hours prior to the reserved program. Payment is required at the time of booking.
  • We go rain or shine! No refunds for bad weather unless Long Island Aquarium cancels the excursion.
  • No refunds will be issued for guests that do not meet the program requirements for age, physical fitness, or who violate company policies.
  • Long Island Aquarium reserves the right, under certain circumstances, to omit specific behaviors or interactions from the program.
  • Participants must not have contact with any wild marine mammal within 48 hours of participation to avoid disease transmission to our animals.
  • Long Island Aquarium reserves the right to refuse service to any guest under the influence of alcohol or any illegal drugs.
  • Participants must be able to understand basic instructions in English in order to safely participate.
  • No flip flops, open back, open toe, or high heeled shoes. Sneakers are recommended. Please be advised that feet may get wet.
  • Participants should be willing to participate in the program and be comfortable with interacting with a live animal.
  • Follow directions at all times.
  • No food or drink in animal areas.
  • Do not feed the sea lions until instructed.
  • No chewing gum.
  • Do not enter animal areas until instructed.
  • No sunglasses or other eyewear unless prescription for vision correction.
  • Watch footing. The beach may have an irregular surface and may be slippery.
  • No strollers will be permitted in the encounter
  • Disinfect hands, as instructed, prior to the program.
  • Do not touch the animal until instructed.
  • Be very careful around the sea lions eyes, ears, and mouth.
  • No sudden movements or yelling.
  • Exit the program area when instructed to do so.

*Must be 10 years or older and reserved 24 hours in advance. All participants must complete waiver prior to adventure. Aquarium admission is not included and is required for the adventure.

 

This adventure is proudly sponsored by:

Seal Encounter

Seal it with a kiss!

Seal it with a kiss

 

Be a Trainer for our Seal Encounter Session!

Our Harbor Seals and Gray Seal are the pride of the Aquarium. Now you can go with our animal caregiver and help with a seal feeding session!

  • Visit the food prep area and help prepare their meal – you’ll learn about the sustainable seafood diet for all of our animals and how you can make similar sustainable seafood choices.
  • Visit the seal habitat and talk with the team about the husbandry behaviors they teach our animals and why.
  • Learn how trainers communicate with our flippered friends.
  • Interact with a seal and even get a kiss!
  • The experience will be captured by our photographer.
  • Purchase the series of photos (details to come).

When working with animals, they call the shots.  Each encounter is unique and may contain different elements.

Day/Times: The Seal Encounter is currently Unavailable for the Season.  This adventure will become available in April.
Thursdays – 10:30am
Session = 1.5hr (approx.)

Price
$125.00
(Aquarium Members: $112.50)*

 

 

 

 

 

>> Click to Download the Waiver<<

Pinniped Encounter Rules

  • SEAL ENCOUNTER: Guests must have the ability to go up and down steps and uneven surfaces. Unfortunately, guests in wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.
  • SEA LION ENCOUNTER: Guests in wheelchairs can be accommodated, please notify staff at the time of reservation.
  • To ensure the safety of our animals, personal cameras (including those in cell phones or other electronic devices) cannot be used during your animal program.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than 24-hours prior to the reserved program. Payment is required at the time of booking.
  • No refunds will be issued for guests that do not meet the program requirements for age, physical fitness, or who violate company policies.
  • We go rain or shine! No refunds for bad weather unless Long Island Aquarium cancels the excursion.
  • Long Island Aquarium reserves the right to refuse service to any guest under the influence of alcohol or any illegal drugs.
  • Participants must be able to understand basic instructions in English in order to safely participate.
  • Long Island Aquarium reserves the right, under certain circumstances, to omit specific behaviors or interactions from the program.
  • Participants must not have contact with any wild marine mammal within 48 hours of participation to avoid disease transmission to our animals.
  • No flip flops, open back, open toe, or high heeled shoes. Sneakers are recommended. Please be advised that feet may get wet.
  • Participants should be willing to participate in the program and be comfortable with interacting with a live animal.
  • Follow directions at all times.
  • No chewing gum.
  • Do not enter animal areas until instructed.
  • No food or drink in animal areas.
  • Do not feed the sea lions until instructed.
  • No sunglasses or other eyewear unless prescription for vision correction.
  • Watch footing. The beach may have an irregular surface and may be slippery.
  • Disinfect hands, as instructed, prior to the program.
  • No strollers will be permitted in the encounter
  • Do not touch the animal until instructed.
  • Be very careful around the sea lions eyes, ears, and mouth.
  • No sudden movements or yelling.
  • Exit the program area when instructed to do so.

 

*Must be 10 years or older and reserved 24 hours in advance. All participants must complete waiver prior to adventure. Aquarium admission is not included and is required for the adventure!

Bugs

Bugs represent the largest group of animals on Earth! They account for at least 75% of all known animal species and without them, larger animals could not exist. While insects can destroy crops, spread disease, and be nuisance, they clean up environmental waste, pollinate many flowering plants and provide food necessary for larger animals to survive!

Assembled by our entomologists at the LI Exhibition Center: Bug Exhibit, the Insect Preservatory contains several hundred preserved insect specimens. It’s showcases some of the largest, most beautiful and most biologically interesting bugs in the world. Insects from every continent except Antarctica are represented in the Preservatory, including all sorts of beetles, stick insects, praying mantises, flies, wasps, and many more!

Some of our experts’ particularly favorite specimens are:

  1. Bee-Mimicking Robber Fly – Disguising itself as a bumble bee, this large predatory fly is safe from its own predators as it hunts for its prey. Also you can find them right her on Long Island!
  2. Atlas Beetle – Also known as a rhinoceros beetle, this massive, horned, Asian beetle looks dangerous and intimidating. However, its horns are useful only for competition for mates; they are quite harmless and feed on decaying fruit.
  3. Titan Longhorn Beetle – This South American beetle is the largest beetle in the world and extremely rare.
  4. Bullet Ants – These South American ants have one of the most painful stings of any insect. Although their colonies are not the largest, a sting from one of these guys is like getting shot with a bullet!
  5. Giant Termites – These African termites are some of the largest in the world. They are responsible for constructing massive colonies out of sand and dirt that can be more than 15 feet tall.

Come and take a look at the rest of our specimens!

 

Proudly Sponsored by:

Suburban

Gator Invasion

There is something lurking on the banks of the Peconic River… it’s a Gator Invasion! From June to September, right across from the Ancient Reptile Ruins, the banks of the Peconic River at the Long Island Aquarium are visited by huge American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis).

American alligators can be found throughout the Southeastern and Southern United States. Once listed as endangered due to overhunting and habitat loss, American alligators have become more numerous in recent years.

From the first weekend in July to Labor Day weekend, there is a gator talk and hold twice a day outside at the Aquarium’s exhibit.