Say, “Hello” to the animals of Long Island this season by visiting a local zoo or petting zoo! Zoos and petting zoos are great places for kids to come to learn about animals, see them up close, and hold and interact with them. From local wildlife, to injured and rehabilitated animals to fauna from foreign places across the globe, there is much to do, see and learn around these zoos. Also, now is the perfect time of year to go and see all of the baby animals who have just been born this Spring!
The Animal Farm Petting Zoo
296 Wading River Rd., Manorville, NY 11949
The Animal Farm Petting Zoo, now open daily weather permitting, has a full ten acres of animals to be seen, pet and learnt about.
Green Meadows Farm
7350 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park, NY 11004
Young children will love touching and feeding the friendly pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens and other animals located at Green Meadows Farm. During the Spring and Summer seasons you can also take a stroll through their butterfly house!
Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
431 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901
Gaze at schools of beautiful fish, learn all about marine life and catch a live show featuring the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center’s talented sea lions!
Long Island Game Farm
489 Chapman Boulevard, Manorville, NY 11949
The kids will have a blast visiting with the various animals housed at the Long Island Game Farm, like Catskill the camel and Hudson the cougar!
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
3 Old Country Rd., Quogue, NY 11959
Explore the refuge trails while you encounter local wildlife at Quogue Wildlife Refuge! Don’t forget to stop by the Distressed Wildlife Complex to say, “Hello” to the sick and injured animals.
Town of Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center Animal Preserve
249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville, NY 11742
Hand feed goats and spend some time with the over 100 injured or non-releaseable animals who live, and are cared for, at the Ecology Center.
White Post Farms
250 Old Country Rd., Melville, NY 11747
White Post Farms is the perfect place to bring the whole family for a fun day surrounded by animals! Bottle feed the farm animals, let a bird perch on you at Ronnie’s Birdie Landing, and much more!
Photo Taken by Kelly Tenny