Shark Keeper

Get up close and very personal with the Aquarium’s largest exhibit and its biggest predators with the new Shark Keeper Program! Each participant will prepare to feed the sharks and other fishes in the 120,000-gallon Lost City of Atlantis Exhibit. Then, they’ll get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to pole feed our sand tiger sharks! Participants also experience a tour of other behind-the-scenes animal care work areas and take home a real-life shark tooth.

Program Includes:

  • Souvenir shark tooth from Lost City of Atlantis Exhibit

Greeting from Educator
  • Educational Program: Misconceptions about sharks, biology, pictures, shark tooth comparisons, animal overview, what to expect during the experience
  • Behind-the-scenes food prep
  • Brief overview of Safety and Policies

Keeper Schedule:

Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. 
Session: 3:40pm
Length: 60 minutes

Please note: This program is on hiatus from September through December – it is shark mating season and the sharks eating habits diminish during this time.

All participants must be 16+. Each participant must complete a waiver.


$50.00, plus Admission (Members: $45.00). Space is currently limited to three participants per scheduled session.

Phone: 631.208.9200, ext. 426

>> Click to Download the Waiver (18+)<<

>> Click to Download the Waiver (For Minors Under 18)<<

Guests with Special Needs:

Long Island Aquarium  makes every effort to accommodate guests with special needs. Please be aware that to participate in this program, guests must be able to navigate the animal habitat spaces with minimal assistance, and must be able to understand and take direction in English from staff members. To ensure the best experience, please contact the Call Center at 631.208.9200, ext. 426 to discuss your individual needs and to reserve your encounter.

There is a 72-hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations made within 72 hours will cannot receive a refund (credit will be issued). No-shows cannot receive a refund or rescheduled. Guests arriving late (after the required program check-in time) will not be permitted to participate in the program and will not be refunded or rescheduled. We encourage guests to arrive at the Aquarium with plenty of time to park, enter, and check into the program. Adventurers should report to the Main Entrance at least ten (10) minutes prior to their session. The sessions will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Please plan accordingly.

To change your reservation, please contact the Reservations Team at 631.208.9200, ext. 426.

Ray Bay

Want to know what a stingray or shark feels like? Ray Bay exhibit at Long Island Aquarium is the place to find out! You can touch southern stingrays (Dasyatis americana), cownose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) and Atlantic stingrays (Dasyatis sabina)! For a small fee, you can even feed these large, beautiful animals. But hurry in to feed the rays soon as their food portioned out and there is a limit to how much they can eat each day!

Ray Bay is also home to white-spotted bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium plagiosum), slender bottom-dwellers that live in the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Indonesia, and Thailand to India. Make sure to check out the sting rays as soon as you come in.


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Shark Dive

Due to the nature of this adventure and the safety of our dive team, all divers MUST present a negative Covid 19 test result to us 48 hours prior to the dive.  You can email the results to us HERE. Vaccinated participants must show proof of vaccine.

Immerse yourself in the adventure of a lifetime! Our Shark Dive puts you inside a cage – right in the middle of circling sharks and an array of fish that cannot be found together anywhere on Earth.

An extreme adventure like no other, Shark Dive is an experience that puts you nose-to-nose with some of the ocean’s top predators inside our 120,000-gallon Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit. No diving certification is necessary, and a trained Shark Dive Instructor accompanies all participants (must be 12 or older; ages 12-17 must be accompanied by parent/guardian).

Please note that all participants must sign and return a Liability Waiver prior to their dive.

Shark Dive participants are provided with everything necessary for their dive, including wetsuit, scuba gear, and an underwater mask that allows normal breathing and underwater communications.

Each Shark Dive adventure consists of an educational program about sharks, including a guided tour of their habitats, a lesson and safety briefing, and the dive itself.

Also included are:

There’s no better – or safer – way to experience the captivating allure of sharks than with our Shark Dive.

Daily at 11:00am


Members: $175.00 plus tax (Aquarium Admission is included with a membership)
Non-Members: $195.00 (Aquarium Admission MUST be purchased with Adventure) plus tax

72-hour cancellation, within 72 hours, no refund – Aquarium credit only. Reservations required by calling 631.208.9200, ext. 426, or in person.

Liability Waiver

If you plan to participate in Shark Dive, you MUST COMPLETE and SIGN a Liability Waiver PRIOR to the day of your dive. Click the BUY NOW button to access the waiver. 
Every diver MUST complete a liability waiver – there are no exceptions. If you answer YES to any question on the liability waiver you will NOT be permitted to dive without a doctor’s note on the medical release that we can supply.

If you have an existing medical condition, you must also sign a Medical Release that we will email to you after you make your reservation. Please complete and 
sign your portion, and have your physician do the same. You must bring this completed form with you on the day of your dive.

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If you have any questions or would like to speak with a representative about a Shark Dive, please call 631.208.9200, ext. 426.