Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo Celebrates Its 50th Season

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[MANORVILLE, NEW YORK] –– Now entering its 50th season, the Long Island Game Farm -– Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo will officially open on Friday, April 19. During the opening weeks, guests will have the opportunity to learn about the rescued animals that now have safe homes at the Game Farm and the new baby animals, including chicks, bunnies, ducklings and kid goats. Visitors will be able to pet and hand-feed the animals once they are born. They will also be able to enjoy the amusement rides, including the carousel, spinning tea cups, and pony rides!

Now is also a great time to book field trips, children’s birthday parties, family get-togethers, and company outings.

Though some of the park’s summer animals (giraffe, camels and a few more) are still vacationing in Florida until May, the spring season is always an especially fun and relaxing time for guests to visit, with cooler weather, smaller crowds and lower prices. In celebration of the season opening, the park is offering a reduced spring admission price of $14.95 for children ages 3 to 12, senior citizens ages 62+, and military personnel, and $16.95 per adult ages 13 to 61. Prices do not include tax. As always, discount coupons will be available online and through the Facebook page.

The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak.  However, the story begins 70 years before that. The house on the Game Farm was built in 1900, the barn was constructed before the end of the 19th century and the property was once a sheep farm. On the park’s first opening day, the admission price was $2 for adults and $1.50 for children.

While there were not as many animals on the park back then as there are today, there were a few animals that the Game Farm no longer exhibits. In the 1970s, the Novaks featured a sea lion show. Each year, the park switches up the shows by introducing new animals and animal shows, such as this year’s Squawk! the Amazing Bird Show, which performs daily starting May 23 through September 2.

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

“My family started the park when I was 9. I’ve witnessed the Game Farm grow from just a piece of land on a road, to an enriching environment for families of all ages,” says Melinda. “As each year has come and gone, I still look forward to seeing happy little faces light up the farm, whether they be those of our nursery animals or visiting children.”

For opening weekend, the Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo will be open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 28, as most schools are enjoying spring recess.

For the month of May, the park is open Thursdays to Sundays, May 2 to May 19. During these dates, the park is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo will be open seven days per week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, starting Wednesday, May 22.

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WE ARE OPEN -  PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOUR VISIT!

Our reopening is in compliance with the New York State Re-Opening Strategic Plan for Zoos.
We can’t wait to see you all, and to do so we will follow strict guidelines and protocols for visitors and staff.

Please read all information below BEFORE YOUR VISIT, and please follow all signage and rules posted in the park. Thank you for your cooperation during our initial re-opening phase.

The information below is subject to change, SO PLEASE CHECK FOR UPDATES BEFORE YOU VISIT. Call 631-878-6644 or visit our facebook page.

Opening Information

Phase One Admission Pricing
This year due to COVID19 we will be (mostly) operating as we do each spring with the same prices and animals available. We hope you will visit to support our farm and understand that things are different during these times. But next year will be even better!
Children under 3 are free.
Children 3 - 11 and Seniors are $14.95 + tax
Adults are $16.95 + tax

Open 7 days a week, 10:00am to 5:00 pm. Last Admission sale at 4pm.
Tickets are available at our front Ticket Booth by credit card or cash.

What will be available during Phase One?

This year due to COVID19 we will be operating as we do each spring with the same prices and animals available. We hope you will visit to support our farm and understand that things are different during these times. But next year will be even better!

  • Outdoor animal exhibits - Zoo visitors can explore our 25 acre park! Please be aware the indoor exhibit (Discovery Center) must remain closed during Phase One and we are using this time to renovate. See Parrots, Zebra, Coatimundi: Benny (rescued), Deerpark, Nursery, Alpaca herd (re-homed), Emu Family, Ring Tailed Lemurs, Red Foxes, Donkey Families (rescued), Horses (rescued), Sheep, African Serval Cat: Nala (re-homed), Buffalo, Llamas, Rabbits, Mini horses (rescued), Pigs: Kirby and Petey rescued, Alligators, African Sulcatta Tortoises (rescued), Chickens and more!
  • The Deer Park - The Deer Park will be open for guests to walk through!
  • The Nursery - come see our babies! 10:30am - about 12 noon help us bottle feed!
  • Animal Keeper Feedings:
  • 10:30: Watch the morning bottle feeding of our kid goats - in the Nursery
  • 11am: Emu's - Eugene and Brenda with their Baby Chicks Q & A
  • 2pm: Ring Tailed Lemur Keeper Feeding and Q & A
  • Education Station – Meet an animal star and learn fun facts from those who know them the best! Ms. Amy the Hedgehog, Tortoise, Spotted Gecko, Baby Alligator and more! This will take place with the Keeper inside a pen for safe distancing for all! Times to be announced each day. Check at the ticket booth.

Hand washing Stations: We have 3 hand washing stations with soap, paper towels and garbage pail.
Restrooms - Please remember to practice social distancing and wash hands for 20 seconds after use.
Gift Shop - Will be open with limited times.
People Food - Will be closed till further notice. Snacks and water available. Please note that, outside food cannot be brought into the zoo.

What will be closed due to COVID19?

Per state regulations, the following will be closed or unavailable during
Phase One of re-opening:
• All Rides (Carousel, Tea Cups and Pony Rides)
• Indoor Exhibit- Discovery Center
• Main Stage Show
• Our Florida animals, including the Giraffe will not be able to visit during this year.
Additional Phase One Guidelines
• No Outside Food - Guests cannot bring outside food into the zoo. Exceptions may be made for smaller items such as small snacks, a water bottle, formula and any childcare necessities, or food required for medical reasons. Coolers and full lunches cannot be brought into the zoo, however.
• No Coolers or Lunches - We reserve the right to inspect any bags brought into the zoo.
• Rentals are not available at this time – wagon & wheelchair rentals will unfortunately not be available when we first open. Guests are still welcome to bring their own strollers. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Health & Safety Guidelines

We are committed to keeping you healthy and safe, but we rely on you to protect yourself too.
If you are sick or believe you have been recently exposed to the virus, please do not visit until well. We recommend that visitors who are over 65 years old or with underlying health issues wait to visit during later phases.

Cover Your Mouth & Nose With a Face Mask

All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a face mask during their entire visit, excluding those unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons. We recommend that guests who are unable to wear a face mask wait until later phases to visit.

Practice Social Distancing

Please practice social distancing and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other visitor groups and zoo staff.

Wash your Hands often & Avoid Touching Your Face

Please wash or sanitize your hands frequently. When washing your hands, remember to wash using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Avoid Touching Surfaces

We are trying our best to keep surfaces in the zoo as sanitized as possible, but please try to avoid touching surfaces to reduce potential exposure and the spread of COVID-19. Remember to wash or sanitize your hands after touching anything other guests may have touched.


MOVIE RESCHEDULED DUE TO RAIN!!!

Friday, July 17th

COME SEE THE MOVIE MADAGASCAR FROM YOUR CAR AND HELP THE GAME FARM!
Total per car $50.00 cash at the door. $25.00 per car for the movie plus $25.00 donation includes 2 free Admission Passes to visit the farm on July 8th or anytime after.
BY RESERVATION ONLY via info@longislandgamefarm.com LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE!!!
Port-o-potties will be available. Gates open at 8pm, movie begins at 8:45pm.
If you have a reservation and want to keep it you are good. Please email me at info@longislandgamefarm.com if you need to cancel.

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