The Long Island Game Farm -– Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo in Manorville officially opened for its 50th season on April 19. During the opening weeks, guests can learn about rescued animals at the Game Farm and the new baby animals, including chicks, bunnies, ducklings and kid goats.

Visitors can 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 has smaller crowds and lower prices.

The Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak. 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,” Melinda said in a release. “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 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 May 22.

Pricing for the remainder of the spring (now until May 23):

  • Children (2 and Under): FREE
  • Children (3-12): $14.95 + TAX
  • Adults (13-61): $16.95 + TAX
  • Senior Citizens (62+): $14.95 + TAX
  • Military Personnel: $14.95 + TAX