About the Long Island Game Farm

Welcome to our 48th season as the largest combined children’s zoo and wildlife park on Long Island. We offer families a natural environment where they can learn about wildlife and animals through education and entertainment.

The Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park and Children’s Zoo features hundreds of animals, including an 18-foot giraffe, red kangaroos, kinkajous, cougars, Barbados sheep, peacocks, and the only lemurs born and bred on Long Island. Our animal collections include both exotic and indigenous breeds. We have various breeds of monkeys, buffalo, colorful parrots, zebra, aoudads, camels, ostrich, alligator, and much more.

Experience the thrill of discovery as you explore nature trails that lead to places like “Bambiland,” “The Nursery,” and “Old MacDonald’s Farmyard.”

The Long Island Game Farm also has many interactive areas where guests can touch and, unlike most zoos, actually feed the animals!

“Please Touch” is the motto in our petting zoo areas where you can pet, cuddle, and bottle feed the baby animals. “Old MacDonald’s Farmyard,” for example, provides a true barnyard experience where pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and ponies are all within arms reach.

Children can also enjoy one of our carnival-style rides such as the Spinning Teacups, Rio Grande Mini Train or the Antique Carousel. If that’s not enough, we offer pony rides as well. Our daily shows and animal activities will round out your day.

General Visiting Guidelines

Courtesy and Safety:

The zoo is a fun place to be, especially when our guests respect the Zoo and each other.

  1. For your safety, adults must closely supervise children at all times.
  2. Do not climb, or cross, barrier fences. Do not reach into cages. Stay on paths.
  3. For your health, and the health of our animals, please wash hands before and after contact. Hand washing stations are located outside of the Nursery and behind the People Food Stand as well as at Rest Room facilities.
  4. We allow interaction only with certain animals. If in doubt, ask our staff. No one likes being picked on…please do not chase, tease or yell at the animals.
  5. Please refrain from any and all hand-to-mouth activities such as eating, smoking, etc. while interacting with the animals.

Feeding the Animals:

People food can make our animals sick! Our animals have very specific diets. For their health and safety, please do not feed them any “outside” food.

Animal-safe food can be purchased in the park.

Safety:

Enter encounter areas slowly. No running, especially in Bambiland and the Nursery, where you are free to walk with the animals. Deer are wild animals. Though tame, they never lose their wild nature and you could startle them.

  • Help keep our exhibits safe and clean … please do not throw anything into the exhibits, as this can be dangerous for the animals.

Please Do:

  1. Check the day’s schedule so you can plan your visit. We have shows and attractions throughout the day.
  2. Feel free to sit on the grass to have a rest or snack..
  3. Take your time to watch the animals… you will see amazing things! Try this: Sit and watch the Ring Tailed Lemurs and see how they interact with one another. Do they snuggle? Do they groom one another? Are they doing yoga?
  4. Ask our staff questions about the animals!

We don’t like sad goodbyes … for the safety and enjoyment of all, guests who do not abide by these guidelines may be asked to leave.

The animals and staff thank you for supporting our park. Enjoy your day at the Long Island Game Farm.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours?

Please view our daily schedule for park hours and show times.

Can we feed the animals?

Yes! Animal-safe food can be purchased in the park. Visitors are prohibited to bring food for the animals into the zoo for the health and safety of the animals.

Can we touch the animals?

We allow interaction only with certain animals. If in doubt, please ask our staff.

What items are prohibited from the park?

Please do not bring BBQs, balloons, bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, pets or alcoholic beverages into the park.

Will you be open if it rains?

We may close the park if there is rain. In the event of an unexpected park closing, rainchecks may be issued to departing guests if management has made the decision to close the park. Be sure to check our Facebook or Twitter page for weather announcements.

Do you offer coupons?

Yes! Coupons for the Game Farm can be found in the Newsday Funbook and on our website.

Is the park handicap accessible?

Yes! We offer wheelchair rentals and there are many benches available throughout the park for those who are unable to walk long distances. Please be advised that the only areas not accessible via wheelchair are the Nursery and Bambiland because of the uneven terrain.

What amenities do you offer?

We have free parking, a snack bar, a souvenir stand, and restrooms.

History of the Game Farm

Founded In 1970, Flourishing Today

The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak and is located on 25 acres of land off exit 70 on the Long Island Expressway in Manorville, New York. Featuring hundreds of animals, the Wildlife Park has grown over the years and has served as a frequent destination for school children that have grown up on Long Island. Each year, thousands of guests visit the park.

Today, the Game Farm is operated by three generations of Novak’s, Co-Owners Diane and her daughter Melinda, along with granddaughter Chela.

Co-Owners Diane and her daughter Melinda, along with granddaughter Chela
Co-Owners Diane and her daughter Melinda, along with granddaughter Chela.

Novak Family Home when the Game Farm opened. It is used today as the Administrative Office.
Novak Family Home when the Game Farm opened. It is used today as the Administrative Office.

Long Island Game Farm - March 1970
Long Island Game Farm – March 1970

Game Farm Barn
Barn on the Game Farm

Meet the Staff of the Long Island Game Farm

Diane Novak .:

Melinda Novak .:

Thomas Brennan .:

Scarlett Green .:

Stacey Lambui .: Guest Services and Management

Jennifer Riehl .:

Grace Iaccarino .:

Emma Hallowell .: