Long Island Game Farm
The arrival of the 70s brought a new attraction to Long Islanders who loved animals and rural surroundings. Just off of Exit 70 in Manorville, NY, The Long Island Game Farm has hosted a steady stream of visitors young and old ever since.
In 1970, Stanley and Diane Novak opened the doors of their 25 acre farm to the public. Lovers of the outdoors and the animals, they wanted to educate and entertain the public with their rural attraction.
And so they did. Throughout the 70s, countless school buses pulled into their parking lot, filled with kids on field trips. You might have been one of them.
You didn’t even necessarily have to come to the zoo. In the early years, they maintained an educational Zoomobile that would travel to various schools and libraries on the island, with a dozen or so animals in tow.
The farm hosted the typical barnyard critters you might expect, such as sheep and chickens, as well as things you might not expect, like alligators, elephants and monkeys. The Game Farm also originally hosted a sea lion show and a trained animal show.
In more recent years, additions such as lemurs and a very popular giraffe named Clifford have captured the public’s affection. The more exotic animals reside in Florida for the winter, in case you were wondering.
Did you visit the Long Island Game Farm with family or on a school trip? What do you remember most? I would love to hear all of your recollections in the comments section below.