Name change for Atlantis Marine World

06/16/2011 3:21 PM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Atlantis Marine World will soon be known as Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center.

With the opening of the Hyatt Place East End on East Main Street will come another change to downtown Riverhead — a new name for Atlantis Marine World aquarium.

The renaming of Atlantis, soon to be known as Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, will coincide with the grand opening of the hotel and an exhibition center July 1.

“Our visitors enjoy seeing or experiencing something new each year, and, to that end, the Aquarium has been launching something new each summer,” said Bryan DeLuca, the aquarium’s executive director. “But what better way to do that indefinitely, and reach outside the space limitations here at the Aquarium, than create a new changing exhibit space next door.”

The $24 million expansion will feature a 28,000-square-foot ballroom, a 70,000-square-ft. 100 room hotel and the Long Island Exhibition Center.

“11 years ago, when we first opened, we envisioned that Atlantis would help promote economic impact for the town of Riverhead and Long Island, not only bringing new jobs, but also creating a true tourist destination,” said Long Island Aquarium co-owner Jim Bissett. “Now, with the openings of Long Island Exhibition Center, the Hyatt Place East End hotel and the additions, we hope to inspire visitors to stay – and stay longer, we have to thank all of our supporters for helping to make this happen.”



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  • Other than the name is the the aquarium getting any other changes?

  • RIVERHEAD, NY (May 17, 2011) – Construction crews are setting into place stone columns and arches that will frame the 28,000-square-foot addition to Atlantis Marine World Aquarium that will open as the brand-new Long Island Exhibition Center and Sea Star Grand Ballroom.

    On Friday, July 1, the Long Island Exhibition Center will open to the public. This highly anticipated addition is part of Atlantis Holdings three-phased $24-milliondollar plan for the reinvention of downtown Riverhead’s waterfront, and represents the transition between the second and third phase of the original expansion plans, the grand opening of the Sea Star Grand Ballroom and the adjacent Hyatt Place East End hotel (both scheduled for completion in summer 2011).

    The Long Island Exhibition Center’s first exhibit – Butterflies! – will showcase thousands of butterflies and birds set in an enchanted garden – a beautiful and colorful display of blooming flowers and trees throughout the year. The exhibit will feature more than 30 species of North American and exotic, tropical freeflying butterflies, 20 different types of birds, and archerfish.


  • Where do these people expect everyone to park???? It’s bad enough now that the workers park in the private lots close by but it will be worse when the hotel opens 100 rooms and a 28,000 square foot ballroom? I think Riverhead will need more tow companies.

  • When will Riverhead get some affordable safe hotels? The prices of these hotels are outrageous. Everyone who comes to Riverhead is not a tourist. It’s a shame when you’re trying to come home but have to stay a few towns over to get an affordable room.

  • I don’t know what your standard of living is–but the hotels here are quite competitive with any hotel across Long Island. Perhaps it’s time to live in this century or earn more money?

  • I did not come hear for your nasty comments. I’ve stayed at much nicer hotels with many more amenities and things to do in the surrounding area’s for less that what these hotels are offering. It has nothing to do with my standard of living of which I live very well in 2011. I’m sorry that me being a smart consumer bothers you so much.