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The Butterfly Exhibit at Atlantis Marine World is a Home Run!

Need something to do with the kids one day this week? Check out the Long Island Exhibition Center's new Butterfly Exhibit. It is out of this world!

Throughout the centuries, cultures around the world have been fascinated by butterflies. As early as the ancient Greeks and the Romans, butterflies have been thought to be one of the earth’s most precious inhabitants. For some, butterflies have a more symbolic meaning. Many cultures believe they are used as a means of communication between the living and those who have passed on. Regardless of your beliefs on the subject, we cannot help but be in awe of these beautiful species.

I too am fascinated with butterflies so I was delighted when my good friend Janine Friscia asked me to join her at the new butterfly exhibit at the . Janine is a butterfly enthusiast and I will lovingly refer to her as the “Butterfly Guru” throughout this piece. If you watch my videos from our trip you will see that Janine has extensive knowledge on the subject of butterflies. It helps her feel closer to her father who, just like mine, is in heaven smiling down on us. Janine and I met when she moved in next door a little less than a year before my father passed away. She has been an amazing support system for me throughout the loss of my father. It is so nice to have someone so kind who just gets it...

Before we visited the exhibit, Janine and I made a stop at one of our favorite local spots, , for lunch. It is a great local spot which has been in business for more than 15 years now. The service is always personalized and friendly and their seafood is one of the freshest and most reasonably priced in the area. They are located just a few steps past the Aquarium in Riverhead. We shared coconut shrimp and I munched away on a seafood stuffed crepe while Janine enjoyed crab cakes. We sat out the the deck and enjoyed the beautiful afternoon.

After we finished out lunch we headed over to the Long Island Exhibition Center's new Butterfly Exhibit. The aquarium is already one of my favorite places to visit and with the addition of this new exhibit I might just move in there. All I can say about the exhibit is WOW. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Once you get your ticket you are directed down a short hallway just behind the sting ray pool. After a quick safety talk with one of the butterfly caretakers you enter into the butterfly garden. There are beautiful cobblestone walkways with breathtaking plants, flowers and greenery. There is even a bridge overlooking the exhibit which you could climb to the top of and look over everything. The garden is filled with over 800 live butterflies representing 50 species from all over the world...It is absolutely out of this world.

If you are planning a trip with your family the exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for children are $10.50, adults are $12.50 and kids under three are free. The staff there is wonderful with extensive knowledge. They were there to answer any of our questions and we so friendly. Say hello to my new friends Jeff and Charlie (from the video) when you go.

If you make a trip please let me know what you though by adding some comments. I also encourage you to view the videos to get an idea of what to expect when you arrive...

On behalf of myself and “Butterfly Guru” Janine we hope that you will have as wonderful a day as we did...

Now go see some butterflies

- Jeannie Sargent  

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majortom1981 July 20, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Just to look at butterflies I think that price is expensive.
Jeannie Sargent July 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM
I would agree but I will say that the exhibit is absolutely beautiful...I went to a smilar exhibit at the Boston Science Museum which cost $3 a person but this one at the Long Island Exhibition Center blows that one away. My friend who I went with has also attended a similar exhibit at the Bronx Zoo (which also charges $3 to enter) and she agreed that this one blew the zoo away. The difference is that at butterflies at the Long Island Exhibition Center is meant to be an experience. The garden is large and beautiful and you can walk around with ease. There are also many staff members providing information on the exhibit. There is also a bird section on the back of the garden but I don't like beaks (hehe) so I did not go in. I would probably not do the exhibit in addition to the aquarium if price is a concern but what I liked about it was that you can just do the butterflies...I do believe it is worth it and thank you so much for reading my blog :)
Stacie July 24, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Nothing compares to the butterfly exhibit at The Museum of Natural History.
Jeannie Sargent July 25, 2011 at 01:22 AM
really? I have not been there yet but I hope to drag my hubby this winter...Well I guess I will say that the one at the Long Island Exhibition Center is the best I have been to and worth the trip :) Thanks for reading my blog
April Swinton October 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
My friend and I decided would we visit the exhibit to get a few good shots of butterflies. I must say I was truly enamored with the butterfly exhibit at The Long Island Exhibit Center. Viewing the vast array of species; colorful, fluttering, feeding was an exciting yet relaxing experience. As a photographer it was one of the GREATEST photographic opportunities. I would have to pay a GREAT deal more money to visit the various locations to photograph ALL the species at the exhibit. I WILL DEFINITELY RETURN!
Lisa Finn (Editor) October 21, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I just wanted to chime in and say that the bird exhibit is also wonderful. The birds sit right on your shoulder. It's a wonderful experience. . . .

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