Are your kids on fall break from school? Or maybe you and a friend are looking for a good day trip out of town? Then reserve a van rental from NYC’s Empire Rent a Car, and head to the Long Island Aquarium. Here are some tips for turning your trip into a memorable adventure.

Before You Go

Check the aquarium’s Special Events’ Calendar and Daily Events’ Schedule before buying your tickets or getting a van rental. You want to make sure you get to see all the Aquarium has to offer, and sometimes special events have certain areas closed off. Or you may want to take part in the special event itself! If you’re interested in one of the Aquatic Adventures, you’d be wise to reserve a spot ahead of time. Aquatic Adventures include diving with sharks, a boat cruise, penguin encounter, snorkeling with sting rays, and more. You can book your spot in advance either by phone or online. To visit the aquarium when it’s least crowded, the Long Island Aquarium recommends coming after 1 p.m. on weekdays. However, if you don’t mind a few school groups or other families, then the typical hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas).

When You Arrive

You can park your van rental in the Long Island Aquarium parking lot (you’ll see plenty of signs), and head right into the main entrance. The aquarium doesn’t have storage areas, so be prepared to either carry your personal items with you or leave them in the van rental. One of the most popular attractions at the aquarium is the Sea Lion Show. You don’t want to miss it, so be sure to check the show schedule upon arriving, and plan on getting there early. The doors to the show close at specific times and don’t open until after it’s over, so you don’t want to miss out. Check out the Long Island Aquarium map, and pick which exhibits you want to see first. Start there, so you are sure not to miss them. There’s plenty to see at the aquarium to fill your day. Plus, you can browse the gift shop or grab a bite to eat at the Long Island Aquarium Cafe.

About Empire Rent a Car

To reserve your van rental, contact the Empire Rent a Car location closest to you to book your van rental in advance. From passenger vans and minivans to economy cars, we have the rental car you need. Call (800)-750-8782, and we’ll direct you to the right NY location.