by Michael Hsu, 03/18/2014
Alpaca and cria (baby alpaca). Photo: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS
53-51 111th St., 718-271-1500
The 11-acre Queens Zoo, located inside Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, has an array of species, all native to the Americas. You've probably seen a rabbit before, but the zoo's Flemish giant rabbits (which can grow up to 26 pounds) are a sight to behold. You'll also find bears, bison, pronghorn, pumas, alligators and bald eagles. The aviary (summer home to a pair of hyacinth macaws, the world's largest parrots) is housed in a geodesic dome that was designed by Buckminster Fuller for the 1964 World's Fair, while the zoo's farm gives visitors a chance to feed domesticated animals, including sheep, goats, chickens and llamas. There's also a show featuring the zoo's sea lions that runs three times a day.