Several times over the last couple of weeks, my friends have endured the announcement that I harbored a desire to go the zoo. They all started rattling off about how easy it is to get to the Bronx or Central Park from Astoria, and I was forced to interrupt their advice.
Why leave Queens, if you want to visit a zoo? The stunned reply has uniformly been: Wait, Queens has a zoo?
That’s how I found myself on the 7 train last Thursday morning, heading to the 111th street stop high above Roosevelt Avenue.
Critique is offered on the “wayfinding” front to the officiates and wardens of this institution, as I know exactly where the place is, but I still felt a bit “lost” while walking the short few blocks from the train.
Suffice to say, head downhill and for the Terrace on the Park building, which is an easy landmark that the Queens Zoo is next door to.
The signage issue continued to be confusing, to say the least, even at the periphery of the park itself.
Luckily, a fantastic hand illustrated map was displayed nearby the zoo’s entrance, which is about the equivalent of a city block back into the park from 111th street.
Tickets are on sale in the little building pictured above.
It’s $8 for an adult, $6 for seniors, and $5 for kids. Kids under 3 are admitted for free. Until November, their hours are: Monday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Weekends & Holidays 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows Corona Park opened October 26, 1968 on the grounds of the 1964-65 World’s Fair. The last borough to get its own zoo, over 10,000 people attended the ceremony at which former Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, then-current commissioner August Heckscher, and Metropolitan Transit Authority President William T. Ronan all spoke at the opening.