Flanders, New York: The Big DuckA survivor of early roadside architecture, the Big Duck sells duck souvenirs to summertime city weekenders.
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Local police are baffled by a failed after-hours break-in at the Big Duck. The door in the duck's butt was kicked in, but an alarm sounded and the attacker(s) fled, leaving the Big Duck's hats and t-shirts unmolested, and the structure otherwise intact. The president of Friends of the Big Duck has speculated that the attacker was perhaps just trying to get warm.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 11/10/2010]
I visited the Big Duck with my son on Sunday 3/22/10 and spoke to the Duck Lady. She told me that the Duck Lighting is the same day as the Rockefeller Tree Lighting every year. It is usually the first Wednesday on December, but it is best to call first.[Donna Healy, 03/31/2010]
Eastern Long Islanders like myself really do love the Big Duck, which is on the national register of historic places. I visit often to chat with Babs, the duck lady. I remember stopping there for roasted capon when I was a kid. It looked humongous to me and still does!
The property immediately surrounding the duck has just been included on the national register. There is a 37 1/2 acre park planned with spectacular views of Reeves Bay. Although The Big Duck is white, Muffler Man (west on the same road) is very pale by comparison![Janice Artandi, 09/08/2008]
The Big Duck
Latest image of the Big Duck at its new (old) home in Flanders.[Peter, 11/03/2007]
The Big Duck was moved in 2007 from a site further east back to its ancestral quacking grounds in Flanders.
Hampton Inns is refurbishing The Big Duck in Long Island, part of their grass roots PR campaign to restore select roadside attractions and monuments. Hampton completed refurbishment earlier this year of the "Rain of Arrows" in Mancos, CO, and the restoration of one of Tennessee's famous "See Rock City" highway barns in Sevierville.... [08/20/2000] Complete News Story
The Big Duck
- 1012 Flanders Rd, Flanders, NY
- I-495/Long Island Expressway, Exit 71. Turn right at CR-94 East/Edwards Ave/RT-24 East for 4.3 mi. At traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Flanders Rd/RT-24 East 2.4 mi. Duck is on the left.
- Daily 10-5 (Call to verify)
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- Worth a Detour