Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
The Lost City of Atlantis has been found in Riverhead, Long Island at the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium. A relatively new institution, this full-service aquarium, themed around its namesake city, offers a wide range of Indoor and Outdoor Marine Life Exhibits, exciting Aquatic Adventures, and great Education Programs for School Groups from pre-K through College. One of the wonderful things about this unique attraction is that many of the animals featured here are "rescues" given a well-deserved second chance at life.
A sampling of Indoor Exhibits includes:
Giant Pacific Octopus
Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit
Many other Indoor Exhibits introduce visitors to coral reef, clownfish, anemone, jellyfish, electric eels, puffer fish, ray, and a host of other specimens sure to draw oohs and aahs from people of all ages. The Touch Tank gives everyone a hands-on experience with some of the calmer denizens of the deep, such as starfish, clams, whelks (a sort of a snail), hermit crabs and horseshoe crabs.
Some of the Outdoor Exhibits include:
Sea Lion Coliseum
Other exhibits include Ancient Reptile Ruins, Koi Pond, Interactive Salt Marsh, Ray Bay, and Seals.
As well as offering many great exhibits to see, the Aquarium offers a number of fun and educational hands-on experiences that the entire family or School Group will enjoy.
Interactive Salt Marsh
Visitors can add a new dimension to their visit through a variety of interactive adventures. A small sampling includes:
Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat
Pirate Snorkel Adventure
Other adventures consist of special Educational Programs for both children and adults, interactive Behind-the-Scenes programs that involve caring for the animals, special science programs, and even a Shark Dive where visitors are lowered (in a protective cage, of course) into the water amidst more than ten circling sharks. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation conducts programs at the Aquarium. And an annual adventure that all youngsters can enjoy is a Birthday Party at the Aquarium. There are more still, and readers are encouraged to visit the Aquarium's official website (linked above) for all of the details.
Many of the above activities are seasonal and incur an expense beyond the admission fee, but they are a good deal to be sure.
Atlantis Marine World Aquarium offers tons of great programs for School Groups Minimum of 15 people), both on site and as outreach programs. There is something here for just about any interest. Here are just a few:
Turtle Time (grades Pre-K - 2): This 30-minute interactive program introduces young students to the world of turtles.
Loveable Limulus (grades 4 - 12): Meet the horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus). This harmless creature's bad reputation in some circles is probably built around its mean-looking tail. They've been around for hundreds of millions of years, so they must be doing something right. Students will get acquainted with them in this 45-minute hands-on program.
Rainforest Reptiles (grades 2 - 12th): Students gain learn about the Amazon River and the Rainforest. Program can last 20 - 60 minutes.
Coral Reef Ecology (grades 5 - 6): Students will learn about biodiversity, specialization and symbiotic relationships of at the largest all-living Coral Reef display in the western hemisphere.
Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises (grades K - -College): Students explore the world of these beloved marine mammals.
Many, many other programs are available to provide an exciting and educational field trip for students of all ages. Many of the programs are also available as outreach.
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