If you’re looking to cool off on a hot summer’s day, Long Island Aquarium has just the place for you – our Interactive Salt Marsh.
Nestled alongside the Peconic River, our salt marsh exhibit represents a typical marine habitat often found in estuaries. Salt marshes are coastal wetlands rich in marine life. They are sometimes called tidal marshes because they occur in the zone between low and high tides. Salt marshes often occur in estuaries, where fresh water from the land mixes with sea water. The salt marsh ecosystem serves many important functions. It buffers stormy seas, removes harmful pollutants and toxins from the sea water, slows shoreline erosion and provides vital food and habitat for sea life. It also provides nesting sites for several migratory birds.
Visitors 42.5 inches or taller (children must be beyond diaper age please!) can roll up their pants and take off their shoes to get an up-close look at Long Island’s marine life. An aquarium staff member will guide you through the marsh, while describing the many inhabitants of our local salt marshes, which include horseshoe crabs, spider crabs and whelks!
Daily; Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekends in September
This 3,000-gallon saltwater tank is home to about 15 different species of animal which were collected locally by Aquarium biologists. All of these animals use tidal marshes for part or all of their life for refuge from predators and for sources of food.