Hotel & Travel

NERAC X will be held in the beautiful new SeaStar Ballroom at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center.  The Conference’s Vendor Floor, Speaker Room, Lunch Room, Hotel, and Aquarium are all connected for easy access to all throughout the weekend!  The address for the conference is:
Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
431 E Main St
Riverhead, NY 11901

hyat01The Hyatt East End Hotel, adjacent to the Long Island Aquarium, is offering discounted rooms for NERAC X attendees and vendors at $119/ night.  The hotel will fill up quickly.  To reserve a room for the event, please follow the link below or call Suzanne at 631-208-0002 x 2 and ask to reserve a “NERAC” room.
Hotel reservations can be made either by calling the hotel directly or by using the booking link below for online reservations.  For more information on the Hyatt East End hotel, please visit:

NERAC X Group Booking



If the Hyatt fills up, try the following alternate hotels:

Hotel Indigo East End
1830 West Main Street, Route 25, Riverhead, NY 11901

Holiday Inn Express East End
1707 Old Country Road, Riverhead, NY 11901

Hilton Garden Inn Riverhead
2038 Old Country Rd, Riverhead, NY 11901

Cove Place
15 Bay Avenue, Aquebogue, Riverhead, NY 11931 (Formerly Dreamer’s Cove Inn & Spa)
(631) 400-3242

The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center:
The Long Island Aquarium is a public aquarium in Riverhead, NY, that was founded in June, 2000.  This 15-year old aquarium features a 20,000 Gallon reef tank that is famous for having one of the largest collections of aquacultured coral in the world!  This epic reef tank, built by Curator and Co-Founder Joe Yaiullo, features captive grown coral colonies that reach up to 6-feet in diameter!  Prepare to be blown away by Joe’s astonishing collection of hundreds of tropical marine fish that will give any seasoned reefer fish-envy.  Joe’s reef tank is home to hundreds of Acropora colonies, 2-foot tall gorgonian colonies, giant clams, and much much more!  Behind the scenes, ReefGen, the wholesale aquaculture company, frags and cultures 10,000Gallons of captive grown coral, some of which hails from Joe’s reef.  During the banquet dinner, you can tag along on a behind the scenes tour of ReefGen with Laura or Justin.

The Long Island Aquarium is famous for it’s reef tank, but it is a large aquarium with dozens of exhibits.  The LIA features a 100,000 Gallon shark tank filled with several 10-foot long sand tiger sharks loaded with teeth!  There is a Sea Lion exhibit that has several daily sea lion shows which are a lot of fun (I promise you, it’s worth it, even if you’re a die hard reefer.)  The aquarium is home to 5 beautiful rescue seals on exhibit in the front of the aquarium, as well as many rescue seals and sea turtles being rehabilitated behind the scenes.  You can enjoy aquariums filled with discus, piranhas, octopuses, cuttlefish, giant spider crabs and much more!  Don’t forget the snow monkeys, river otters, and penguins outside!  The penguins are always a big hit, since Joe Yaiullo helped hand raised 5 of these beautiful birds, these tame penguins often follow him around the aquarium!