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Queens Zoo – tickets, prices, discounts, animals, best time to visit

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Queens Zoo is an 18-acre zoo in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York City. 

The zoo boasts over 75 species of animals native to the Americas.

It features American animals and birds, such as Andean Bears, Bisons, Wolves, Sea Lions, Waterfowl, Raccoons, Otters, and Mountain lions in naturalistic settings.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for the Queens Zoo.

What to expect at Queens Zoo

Check out the video below to get an idea of what animals you will see at the zoo.


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How to reach Queens Zoo

The Queens Zoo is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

Address: 53-51 111th St, Queens, NY 11368, USA. Get Directions

You can reach Queens Zoo by both public and private transportation.

By Subway

Take subway line 7 to reach the 111th Street Station

The Queens Zoo is around half a mile away from the station, and you can walk the distance in about 12 minutes. 

By Bus

The nearest bus stop to the Queens Zoo is 108 Street & Martense Avenue.

Take the Q23 or Q58 bus.

By Car

If you are driving by car, turn on Google Maps and get started!

Since the Queens Zoo has no parking of its own, you can choose between parking options around the attraction.


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Timing of Queens Zoo

The Queens Zoo opens at 10 am across the year.

However, the closing times differ according to the time you are visiting.

The zoo is open till 4.30 pm between early November and late March.

Meanwhile, for the rest of the year, the zoo is open till 5 pm on weekdays and till 5.30 pm on weekends and holidays.


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How long does Queens Zoo take?

Visitors tend to spend between two and three hours exploring the Queens Zoo.

However, if you are in a hurry, you can pace through in just under an hour.

Best time to visit Queens Zoo

Kid petting animal in Queens Zoo, New York

For a more enjoyable visit, it is best to book your tour on a weekday when the zoo is less busy.

If you want to avoid the crowds, we recommend arriving at the zoo right when it opens at 10 am.

Moreover, the animals are more active during the early morning and may recede to shaded areas as the day gets hotter.

The Queens Zoo tends to be more crowded on weekends and public holidays.

Image: Queenszoo.com


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Queens Zoo discounts

At the Queens Zoo, active US military and veterans qualify for a complimentary General Admission ticket for themselves and 50% off for up to three guests. 

While booking the tickets, you must use promotional code MILITARYCITY for active personnel and VETERANCITY for Veterans.

The Military member must bring along a valid ID during their visit. 


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Queens Zoo tickets

Queens Zoo recommends that you purchase your tickets online and in advance. 

The daily capacity is limited, and tickets are sold on a ‘first-come, first-served basis. 

Booking your Queens Zoo tickets online (and in advance) ensures a guaranteed entry.

All tickets are timed, which means while booking, you must select the time of your visit. 

You don’t need to purchase tickets for infants aged two years or under.

Queens Zoo prices

Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): US$10
Senior ticket (65+ years): US$8
Child ticket (3 to 12 years): US$7

New York is a paradise for wildlife-loving families. Read about all the Zoos in New York.


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Queens Zoo animals

Queens Zoo is one of the first zoos to be conceived as a cageless zoo.

The picturesque zoo features animals from the Americas who are divided into their natural habitats.

The Aviary

Aviary of Queens Zoo
Image: Queenszoo.com

The Aviary’s dome is from the 1964 World’s Fair, which was held in Flushing Meadows. 

The massive enclosure houses many birds from across the Western Hemisphere.

Visitors can expect to see Cattle Egret, Scarlet Macaw, Sun Conure, Bobwhite Quail, Military Macaw, Blue and yellow Macaw, etc.

Domestic Animals

At this exhibit, visitors see fascinating domestic animals, some of which can even be touched. 

Kids love the Flemish giant rabbits that can grow to be as heavy as 9 kgs (20 lbs), Texas Longhorns whose horns span six feet, Belted Galloway Cow (also known as Oreo cows), Jacob’s Four-horned sheep, etc. 

Sea Lion Pool

Sea Lion Pool at Queens Zoo
Image: Queenszoo.com

Both adults and kids love the sea lion pool because of all the drama the sea lions put up.

Kids love to see the sea lions use their oar-like flippers and torpedo-shaped bodies to dive and swim. 

Sea Lion Feeding at Queens Zoo happens at 11.15 am, 2 pm, and 4 pm every day. 

Since it can get crowded, it is better to reach the book at least 15 minutes before feeding.

Animal Trail

This section of Queens Zoo has an array of wildlife from the Americas.

Visitors see animals such as Coyote, American Bison, Canadian Lynx, Southern Pudu, Andean Bear, Pronghorn, Puma, Roosevelt Elk, and more in this area.

Don’t forget to look up and spot the Bald Eagle.

Waterfowl Marsh

Waterfowl March is home to water wildlife that is native to the Americas.

You can expect to see Canvasbacks, Hooded Mergansers, Redheads, lots of fish, and Turtles. 

Keep an eye out for the colorful Argentine Ruddy Duck. 


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Queens Zoo map

If you wish to cover the Queens Zoo in good time, it is best to get the zoo map. 

Map of Queens Zoo
Image: Queenszoo.com

A map can help you locate the enclosures and sections and the facilities such as restrooms, restaurants, playgrounds, stroller/wheelchair rentals, souvenir shops, etc. 

Maps can be handy for families with kids, especially if they want to spend more time with their favorite animals or want to create an itinerary in advance.

You can download the Queens Zoo map now or bookmark this page for later.

Sources
# Queenszoo.com
# Wikipedia.org
# Nycgovparks.org

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# Bronx Zoo
# Central Park Zoo
# Prospect Park Zoo

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