Flanders, New York: The Big Duck

A survivor of early roadside architecture, the Big Duck sells duck souvenirs to summertime city weekenders.

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The Big Duck

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]
The Big Duck

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 Duck is back in Flanders. 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.

Big Duck refurbished

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

Big Duck. The Big Duck

In your description of the Big Duck at Hampton Bays, your information was incorrect regarding its construction. It is NOT stucco but ferrocement. Its eyes are the taillights from a Model T Ford. The Big Duck is one of the finest examples of roadside architecture In fact, when discussing similar types of buildings (hot dog stand shaped like a hot dog), they are referred to as a "duck". No kidding.

[Peter, 04/03/1999]

A recent photo by Chris Kelly (ever so slightly manipulated by us).

The Big Duck

Address:
Flanders Rd, Flanders, NY
Directions:
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.
Hours:
M-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
631-852-3377
RA Rates:
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