Queens is that distant borough that people know is there and think is pretty cool, but rarely take the time to visit. Well, we say forgo your next lay out in Central Park and take the 7 train over to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the biggest park in Queens. There is a TON of awesome stuff to do there and you’ve been missing out! But fear not, here’s 5 cool things you can check out when you go:
1. Queens Zoo: The Queens Zoo might be pretty small compared to its sister over in the Bronx, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Besides, at $8 a ticket for adults, it’s one of the cheapest zoos in the city. All you need is an hour to explore the circular zoo and check out their aviary, sea lion pool, and the smallest deer in the world, the pudu.
2. Hall of Science: Just a short walk down the block from the zoo is the Hall of Science. Anyone who grew up in Queens can tell you this was the best school trip, ever. The Hall of Science is awesome for kids but just as fun for adults. Want to see weird micro-organisms in a microscope? They got you. What about a sports challenge of seeing how fast you can throw a pitch? Also, have that. Want mini-golf? Yeah, they’ve got that too.
3. Queens Museum: Want to learn a little bit about Queens and get to know some local artists? The Queen Museum is a small but impressive museum that houses not only modern art exhibits but also remnants of the 1938 & 1964’s World’s Fair. Plus it has the famous to scale panorama of the city from the 60s.
4. Queens Botanical Gardens: On the opposite of the park from the museum is the Queens Botanical Gardens. Yeah, they’ve got one of those too. Not only do they have beautiful gardens, but cooking and gardening classes as well!
5. World’s Fair Tour: A totally free tour that happens 3 times a day, let a guide take you around the park and point out all the meaningful remnants of the two World’s Fairs that were held there and learn a few things!