A Penguin Proposal and Other Unique Ways to Get Engaged On LI


Thinking of popping the question? The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead has three fun and unique ways you can propose to your special someone with the help of penguins, sharks, and butterflies.

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The Long Island Aquarium is renowned for its marine life exhibits and activities including coral reef displays, touch tanks, a shark tank, and sea lion shows. But now it’s offering visitors a chance to bring romance and a memory of a lifetime to their aquarium experience with three marriage proposal packages.  

Penguin Marriage Proposal – Cute penguins make for an even cuter marriage proposal  they can even present the engagement ring. A Penguin Marriage Proposal takes place during or after a Penguin Encounter, a close-up “meet and greet” with an African penguin where visitors learn about the playful birds and go behind the scenes at the Penguin Pavilion Exhibit. You can have a private Penguin Encounter or participate in a Penguin Encounter with other visitors and stay 15 minutes after for a private proposal. 

Taking the Plunge Marriage Proposal – Feeling a little more adventurous? This marriage proposal involves the Shark Dive. During this underwater - and safe - experience, the participant wears a wetsuit and scuba gear (no scuba certification is needed) and gets put inside a cage – and right into the 120,000-gallon Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit surrounded by sharks and other fish. After the Shark Dive, a proposal sign will be revealed for everyone to see.

Give Her the Butterflies! Proposal – The intimate Butterflies, Bugs & Birds exhibit is a peaceful and pretty location for a marriage proposal. You can have exclusive access to this lush tropical garden after the exhibit closes to the public at 5 p.m. The two of you will have 30 minutes of time to yourself accompanied by a cloud of fluttering butterflies.

Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, cheese and cracker platters, and a single rose can be added to packages.

The Long Island Aquarium is located at 431 East Main Street in Riverhead. For more information about the aquarium or planning a proposal at the aquarium, visit the Long Island Aquarium website or contact the Reservations Team at 631.208.9200, ext. 426 for more details.