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Long Island Game Farm

Long Island Game Farm The Long Island Game Farm in Manorville is one of LI's oldest family attractions featuring animals, shows, rides, and lots of hands-on learning opportunities. 

Long Island Game Farm

The Long Island Game Farm is located in the middle of farm country in central-eastern Long Island. The entrance is on Chapman Boulevard but be careful if you're approaching from Sunrise Highway: you'll encounter a second Chapman Boulevard that heads east. Be sure to stay on the Chapman that runs north from Sunrise. Once you've found the entrance, you'll find a large and unpaved paking lot. The going can be a little rough here with a stroller or if there's been a recent rain. The entrance is on the south side of the lot.

Long Island Game Farm 

The first attraction that you come across is the large deer pen called Bambiland. One thing to remember if you're planning a trip to the Game Farm: wear an old pair of shoes, they're going to get messy. The big thing that sets the Game Farm apart is that you can walk around with the animals in the feeding areas. This will excite children to begin with, but the downside is that there are some pretty large animals, and they get very excited when they see someone at the booth purchasing food. You'll get a large souvenir cup of food for $6.00 and the deer come running. It's best to have an adult hold on to the cup and parcel out the feedings. Also, don't use up all the food at the first stop -- most of the animals at the Game Farm will enjoy the snack food you buy.

Long Island Game Farm

A much easier-to-handle group of animals waits next door at the nursery. They can't eat the food you just bought, but bottles are available for another $2.00 (you'll find that you can run through cash pretty quickly here). Kids of all ages love to watch the baby goats hop around and they're soft and fun to pet. This was the highlight of our trip, and we made sure to stop on the way out as well.

Long Island Game Farm 

There's more than just farm animals at the Game Farm. Fred the giraffe will eat out of your hand just like the goats do -- although his tongue is much longer! You'll also find a variety of monkeys, macaws, a bison, ostriches, gators, a zebra and a cougar. The trails between animal pens are wide and mostly paved, making navigation with a stroller very easy. There is stroller parking outside of the feeding pens.

Long Island Game Farm

Some of the more exotic animals have interesting contraptions to feed them. Above, getting food to the camel involves spinning it in a pan bolted to a wheel. Other pens feature long tubes to roll the food down and an intricate pulley system for the monkeys.

Long Island Game Farm 

One of the great features of the Game Farm are the open spaces for seating and picnic areas. There are spots all over the park like the one above. There is a snack bar that sells (mostly) fried food and soda. If you'd rather have something healthy for lunch, it's best to bring your own. There is no shortage of places for you to enjoy a picnic -- they even have signs that read "Please sit on the grass."

Long Island Game Farm 

At the center of the farm you'll find the snack bar as well as some rides for small children. The above carousel requires the purchase of tickets ($2.50), but there is also a teacup ride and a steam train that are free. The teacups are definitely made for kids -- anyone taller than 5'11" will have a tough time folding their legs into the little cups. The steam train is a little more accommodating, but more popular (there's usually a line). Pony rides are available on weekends only.

Long Island Game Farm 

The tiger show is a big attraction, one that's been running at the Game Farm for 38 years. It takes place on the large Main Stage, which is in full sunlight so be prepared if it's a very bright or hot day. The public restrooms are just before the main stage area, and they're in pretty good shape. They even have some old-fashioned diaper changing stations.

Long Island Game Farm 

Just past the rides, you'll find these little ducklings tucked away in a wishing well. Again, it's the ability to pet these little guys that sets the Game Farm apart.

The Long Island Game Farm is open seasonally, from mid April through mid October from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. on weekends). Admission is $17.45 for adults, $15.45 for kids aged three to eleven (plus tax).  A day there will last from three to six hours, depending on your eating plans and how much your kids enjoy interacting with the animals. After admission, animal food and rides that require tickets, the Long Island Game Farm can be a pretty expensive trip.

The Long Island Game Farm

Official Site: http://www.longislandgamefarm.com/

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