Queens Zoo: A Great Little Zoo You Should Visit!

Oct 17, 2020 11:11 PM

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Tripboba.com - The Queens Zoo is located in Queens' Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and focuses on American animals. It has an exhibit of sea lions; an aviary full of birds such as Bobwhite Quail and Cattle Egret; bison; pudu, a small deer; and many more. The zoo has two sections. One is a typical zoo with several exhibits inspired by national parks.

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The other is a petting zoo that is full of domesticated animals that visitors can personally communicate with. This article provides everything you need to know about before visiting the Queens Zoo. Scroll down!

Queens Zoo Hours

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Before getting up-close with domestic animals, explore South America's spectacled bears or the smallest deer species. To have a fantastic day with nature, here's what you need to know.

PARK HOURS

  • APRIL 4, 2020 — OCTOBER 31, 2020

Mon-Fri : 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Weekends & Holidays: 10.00 AM - 5:30 PM

  • NOVEMBER 1, 2020 — APRIL 2, 2021

Daily: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

  • The zoo is open throughout the year and every day.
  • Last entrance, 30 minutes before closing, sold.

Queens Zoo Admission:

  • $9.95 for Adults
  • $6.95 for Children 3-12
  • $7.95 for Seniors (65+)
  • Free for Children 2 and under
  • Free for Members

Queens Zoo New York

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Without leaving Queens, you will meet animals from North and South America. We've got you covered, whether you want to explore the historic aviary, watch the Andean bears play on exhibit, or spend some time getting up close on the farm. The animals may all be from North, Central, and South America at the zoo. Still, they are not arranged in any particular order, so the zoo is not very cohesive.

What the zoo does have in its favor is that it is great to have individual exhibits. Since the Bronx Zoo took over its ownership in the late 20th century, all smaller WCS zoos received major overhauls (Queens Zoo was shut down for repairs from 1988 to 1992). Still, even before that, it was one of the first facilities constructed in the completely barless habitat model. 

Queens Petting Zoo

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The zoo has two parts. One is a traditional zoo with a variety of exhibits inspired by national parks. The other is a petting zoo that is full of domesticated animals that visitors can directly interact with. The consistency of the shows and the zoo's cleanliness, and the selection of American animals on display will impress visitors to the Queens Zoo. On the grounds of the 1964 World's Fair, Flushing Meadows Zoo opened in 1968. Because of its digestible size, visitors will find the Queens Zoo attractive — you can see the entire zoo in about 2 hours and get there easily via public transport.

Many American animals, including lynx, alligators, bison, bald eagles, and sea lions, are kept at the Queens Zoo. They also display endangered speckled bears from South America's Andes mountains (Two new cubs make their May 2019 debut).  There are a variety of immersive displays for children and an aviary, also leftover from the World's Fair.

Many domesticated animals in the petting zoo, including goats, sheep, pigs, and rabbits. In exchange for some food, vending machines sell food to feed the animals, and the animals are more than willing to be petted. This zoo is a pretty tiny one, which is ideal if you have very tiny kids. The farm area is a fantastic place to start and is across the road from where you buy tickets; it's spacious and means it's never busy, and there are always goats to feed — remember your quarters.

The rest of the zoo is a nice loop that can be managed. Toddlers will enjoy the exhibition of endangered animals and coyotes. In the winter, the bird population thins out, and the drastic slope is not ideal for a short-legged stroller or walker. At the top, there is a display of seal lions and even a playground. Admission is very affordable, and it's right next door to the Hall of Science and near the Playground for All Ages, which is one of the best in NYC if you run out of stuff to do at the zoo.

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