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Want to take a hayride? Mingle with sheep, goats, chickens, cows, horses, peacocks, pigs and geese? In New York City? No, this is not a petting zoo.
Welcome to the Queens County Farm Museum, New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. A working farm dating back to 1697, it encompasses a 47-acre parcel that is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. The site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard and herb garden.
We had a free tour of the Adriance Farmhouse with our guide, Mister Marty. Flemish styled, the house dates to 1772 and is the centerpiece of the farm complex.
And everything is free - tours, hayride, butterfly garden and cavorting with the animals. This place came as a huge surprise. I had heard vagaries about a farm somewhere in Queens. Actually, this place is right on a major thoroughfare - 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park. It is open 7 days a week, all year. There is admission only on days with special events. See the farm museum website here.
I always relish the opportunity to pet sheep. I had competition with others, however - there was a group of us jockeying for position to get lost in that wool :)