01/13/17 6:04am
A cup of hot chocolate from Aldo's Café in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A cup of hot chocolate from Aldo’s Café in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Editor’s Note: A version of this story was originally published in January 2016

Think this isn’t a great time to visit the North Fork with little ones in tow? In reality, the lack of crowds, fun cold-weather activities and this season’s above-average temperatures make the region a perfect place to spend a winter weekend day with the fam.

Most of the farm stands are closed and the vines aren’t looking as pretty, but there are still many family-friendly ways to have a North Fork outing.

Here are four ways to pass the time with the kids on the NoFo this winter. (more…)

11/07/15 6:00am
Enjoy weekday discounts at Long Island Aquarium through January. (Credit: Claire Leaden file photo)

Enjoy weekday discounts at Long Island Aquarium through January. (Credit: Claire Leaden file photo)

Target is already stocked with  Christmas decorations, the Greenport skating rink is up and the littlest natives are about get restless.

As the temperature drops — er, at least, while it’s supposed to be dropping — so does the number of family-oriented things to do on the North Fork. That’s why these weekday deals at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center could prove to be very useful to North Fork parents. (more…)

05/28/15 11:00am
The new 750-gallon saltwater tank at the East End Seaport Museum in Greenport. (Credit: Kendall Stark)

The new 750-gallon saltwater tank at the East End Seaport Museum in Greenport. (Credit: Kendall Stark)

Imagine spending seven consecutive hours scraping away at the grime encrusted on the glass of an enormous fish tank.

Katie Marino, who works at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center said this was the most challenging part of restoring the East End Seaport Museum and Maritime Foundation‘s saltwater display. (more…)

11/12/14 1:06pm
Penguin long island aquarium

The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center will host a penguin sleepover on Nov. 23.

Well, that’s one way to sleep with the fishes.

Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center is hosting a sleepover celebration of penguins on Nov. 22 from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. (Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the date as Nov. 23.)

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08/09/14 2:29pm
Discovery, Optimum kicked off "Shark Week" at Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center on Saturday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Discovery, Optimum kicked off “Shark Week” at the long Island Aquarium on Saturday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Andy Casagrande, a shark expert, cameraman and on-air personality for Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” knows what not to do when faced with an enormous great white in the open sea.

“If you act like prey, they will treat you like prey,” Casagrande told the crowd gathered at Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center in Riverhead on Saturday. “Don’t try to swim away. Not even Michael Phelps can out-swim a great white shark.” (more…)

07/21/14 3:03pm
Photo courtesy of the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center | The shark tank at the Long Island Aquarium.

The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center will kick off Discovery’s “Shark Week” with a day-long celebration on Aug. 9. (Credit: Courtesy of the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center)

Attention all Shark Week lovers.

The Discovery channel and Optimum will promote the popular week-long series dedicated to the underwater predator with a day-long celebration at The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center in downtown Riverhead. (more…)