The Queens Zoo is an 18-acre (7.3 ha) zoo located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City. The zoo is part of an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
The facility first opened in 1968, on the former site of the 1964 New York World's Fair. Initially known as the Flushing Meadow Zoo, it was the first zoo to be designed as 'cageless' from the start. Robert Moses turned the first shovel full of earth for the new construction on August 20, 1966, and cut the ceremonial ribbon to the new 18-acre (7.3 ha) "Flushing Meadows Zoo" a bit more than two years later on October 26, 1968.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:30 PM|
Brendi Vaughn | Nov 21, 2017
This Zoo although small was a really great attraction for my young kids. The petting zoo and feeding the animals as you walk along was a big hit!! We were able to get really up close and personal with the animals which had the kids super excited. We didn't have enough quarters for the feeding machines but we still were able to have a good time. The total Zoo experience was about 2 1/2 hrs tops which made it the perfect afternoon activity. We will definitely be going again.
Anon Anon | Jan 6, 2018
Small zoo perfect for a 1/2 day outing or for families with very small children. Typically quiet and usually doesn't attract large crowds. Also, the zoo is within a park and very close to several rides (carousel and small roller coaster). It is also walking distance from the NY Hall of Science and World Ice Pavilion.
K. M. Piper | Jan 7, 2018
Just a cool little New York city zoo. Well worth the trip. It's small as zoos go but very enjoyable.
Duane Garcia | Feb 1, 2018
Perfect for a quick visit, great for small kids being that the zoo is not that big. There is also a pettig zoo that my kids love.
Michael Guida | Aug 26, 2017
I lived in Queens for 3 decades and never visited. Now that I have kids who dictate my life we decided to go. Great experience. Every staff member was friendly and helpful, and the exhibits were laid out perfectly to circle the park, see everything and enjoy every minute of it. The rides next store were the icing on the cake. A little expensive(the rides not the zoo) but no waits, perfectly sized for 10 and younger and again, very nice staff. Very pleasantly surprised.
Krina Mehta | Apr 7, 2018
My son had a great time. Not many animals, but still a decent amount for younger kids to enjoy.
Brian Kupchik | Mar 12, 2018
It's good for small kids and you can do the whole thing in a few hours. But it's not nearly the experience that you get at the BX zoo
Katie Suazo | May 10, 2018
The Queens Zoo is awesome! I take my daughter often as we are Queens residents and she loves the animals. Besides the animals, which are of course cool to see, the atmosphere is so nice just for a walk in the zoo. It's like a little oasis in Queens. The staff is always super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I only wish they had a better food selection but there are tons of places to sit and bring your own lunch.
John Butterfield | May 12, 2018
This zoo was great to take our stroller-riding toddler to. Plenty of amazing animals to see, beautiful landscape, and a petting zoo with domesticated animals. They do only have North and South American animals, but going in with that expectation, we were definitely not dissapointed. We found the parking to be quite confusing as the signage is not very good. We actually ended up parking in the Hall of Science lot.
Rhonda | Apr 23, 2018
I love this zoo. It is never crowded. A very clean and well kept park like setting. A nice peacful place to take this kids for the afternoon. They love the petting zoo and all the animals. A basic snack area.
Catherine Rakowski | May 16, 2018
It's hard to compare when you're in the same city as the Bronx Zoo, no question. The Queens Zoo is well kept and clean, with a small cafe in the center. It's a nice walk through, and it's easy to see the whole thing without that museum fatigue feeling I tend to get at the big guys.
Alison Y. Perez | May 16, 2018
I’ve been coming to this zoo since I was a little girl! It’s a really clean zoo and the animal farm is the best part. The scenery is beautiful. It’s a small zoo but worth visiting at least once.
Cass Kelly | Jun 19, 2018
Small and easy to navigate but was super packed on a weekday morning. Was hard for my autistic daughter to handle. May be best to go in the late morning if you have a special needs kiddo. Take a bag lunch or prepare to pay concession prices.
Tom Wetjen | Jun 12, 2018
Nice strolling park. Very good for young children. Saw many young parents with strollers. A farm animal zoo is across from the main zoo and is included in the price of admission. Older children may find it boring however. I'm retired and find it an excellent leg in my walks though Flushing Meadow Park.
shatiesha brown | May 31, 2018
I absolutely loved it. Wasn't aware there was a zoo in queens. From pumas to alligators and so much more. Can't wait till I go again a must see and the petting zoo. Also the rides there everything was great
D. Simiantoastcrunch | May 18, 2018
Great place for a short trip with elementary school age kids. Easy to walk with a fair selection of animals. You won't find anything exotic, and you may even notice some basic animals are not available, but overall, for little kids it's a good place. It doesn't get that 5th star because of the lack of certain basic animals. But, it's still a great place. You can feed animals, too.
michelle valdes | Jun 24, 2018
Although the Queens Zoo is somewhat small and can be done in about 2-3 hrs, it’s still a great place. The price to get into the zoo is adults $13 children’s $5 very affordable. I enjoy coming here with my two little girls. The bird cage is just beautiful. The farm right next door is also lots of fun. The children play area is small but cute. Watching the seal feeding is just so much fun, no matter how many times we’ve seen it.
Brenda Parry | Jul 15, 2018
Small, but lovely zoo in Queens. Located just inside Flushing Meadow Corona Park. Nice array of animals. A bird aviary, with stunning birds. An Andean bear, coyote, sea lions, bison, and many more. A petting zoo is included in the price. A nice picnic area, located near the sea lion pool, offers shady tables to rest and enjoy a packed lunch. No actual food stands are here, but you can ourchase bottled drinks, and packaged snacks, as well as a small souvenir, at the little store. Small children will enjoy, as will their parents who may not want to explore a larger zoo. Recommended.
Fernando Bobis | Jul 5, 2018
Flushing Meadows Corona Park has so much to offer. We go here often but this last time was for my daughter's 3rd birthday. The zoo was small but it was less expensive than other zoos because of this and yet still had nice exhibits and great animals. There is also a petting zoo there. Afterwards, we enjoyed the small amusement park there. On Saturday nights at this time of year, there is the Queens Night Market there as well. We have not yet checked out the science museum, which is also right there, but are looking forward to it.
Noga Yangzom Tenzin | Jul 3, 2018
This zoo is so great! Not only is it really close to me, but it is also near a bunch of other attractions, making it easier to plan the day with lots of activities. In addition to many animals, the zoo also includes a petting station-which the kids love-and sea lion feeding “shows”. Really entertaining place that is always convenient and fun!
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