OPEN IN NYC - BROOKLYN & QUEENS

While we've been loving trying out online events and exploring educational websites and virtual culture, we are so ready for some in-person (socially-distanced) adventures.

We've got more specific guides if you're looking for museums or beaches (two of our favorite things).

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BROOKLYN

Reverberation

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Use foot pedals to ring five cast bronze symphonic bell structures along the Brooklyn waterfront. Each bell has a unique pattern of drilled holes and distinct tones that match evocative titles: Reflector, Singer, Dreamer, Listener, and Mother. Artist Davina Semo intends for these bright orange bells to sound an optimistic note. As we “ring out…

Domino Park

Brooklyn

Splash in fun fountains with amazing bridge and Manhattan views at this large waterfront park (now with social distancing circles on the grass). * The playground, designed by the artist Mark Reigelman, has cool features like spinning valve wheels cast from Domino Sugar originals and a 26-foot-high silo with ladders, webbing and slides pay homage…

LeFrak Center Boating, Biking & Splashpad

Brooklyn-Prospect Park/Park Slope

In the southeast corner of Prospect Park, rent kayak and paddle boats ($16-$45) or a variety of bikes including kids trailers and tandem ($8-$45) plus play in a splash pad with 20 water jets. Food and drink available for takeaway from the Bluestone Cafe.

New York Aquarium

Brooklyn

See sharks, rays, sea otters, octopus, jellyfish and more at the oldest continually operating aquarium in the US. * Take in a sea lion show at the Aquatheater (limited seating), chill out while zebra sharks swim overhead and admire rainbow colored coral exhibits. * Explore a new exhibit Spineless celebrating weird and wonderful invertebrates. *…

Prospect Park Zoo

Brooklyn-Prospect Park/Park Slope

This former menagerie is designed to allow up-close animal viewing, perfect for families with young children who want to learn about wildlife. Explore a Discovery Trail and encounter 400 animals of 150 species including red panda, dingo, and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles. Advance online…

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Brooklyn-Prospect Park/Park Slope

Outdoor spaces of this stunning 52-acre urban botanic garden reopen with new safety guidelines and limited capacity. Roses, water-lilies, and meadow flowers are among the many beautiful blooms on view. * Download a kids field journal and see these tips for visiting with kids. * Bring your own water. No food for sale and picnicking…

Brooklyn Museum Reopens

Brooklyn-Prospect Park/Park Slope

A slightly hipper version of the Met features a huge, diverse permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as thoughtful visiting exhibitions from all over the world. * Only the 1st and 5th floors are open featuring African Art, Indigenous Americas Art, American Art and the must-see photograph/street art exhibit JR: Chronicles with an epic…

Smorg To Go

Brooklyn-Williamsburg

Legendary  weekly open-air food market Smorgasburg is open in new takeout-only format. Order online from 5-7 favorite Smorgasburg vendors, rotating every week, pick up at 51 N. 6 St. (at Kent Ave.) Feel free to head across the street to Marsha P. Johnson State Park (where the “real” Smorgasburg happens) for a picnic with river views….

Brooklyn Bidge Park Kayaking

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Opens August 15. Glide along the East River on kayaks from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse (Pier 4 Beach). All levels welcome. Advanced registration required. Kids under 14 must ride in a double kayak with an adult.

Canoe Gowanus – Self Guided Voyages

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Try self-guided canoeing on the Gowanus Canal. Get equipment and quick navigation instructions at the dock; life jackets available for (well-behaved) kids over 40 pounds. Upon request, gloves and bags provided  so you may remove trash found along the estuary.

QUEENS

Monuments Now

Queens-LIC

This outdoor exhibition seeks to address the role of monuments in society and commemorate underrepresented narratives such as diasporic, Indigenous, and queer histories. Part I features Jeffrey Gibson’s massive technicolor ziggurat ‘Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House‘ and works by Paul Ramírez Jonas and Xaviera Simmons.

Queens County Farm Museum

Queens

Visit 47-acres of longest continuously farmed site in New York State (since 1697).  See historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex,  farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard and herb garden and livestock including cattle, sheep, chickens and llamas. Produce available at the seasonal farm stand Wed-Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm. Masks required.

Queens Zoo

Queens-Corona

This intimate zoo in Flushing Meadows houses wildlife native to the Americas including more than 4,000 Puerto Rican crested toads, Andean Bear Cubs, American bison and rare breeds of domestic animals including Flemish giant rabbits, Texas longhorn cattle, and Jacob’s four-horned sheep. Some food and shopping available but only accepting credit card/apple pay. Only outdoor…

Rockaway Beach

Queens-Rockaway

This clean beach on the Atlantic Ocean features wide stretches of soft sand, a 5.5-mile boardwalk, playgrounds and a vibe so cool it was featured in a Ramones song. * Find some of the best food in NYC at the concessions, especially the one at 97th Street concession like arepas from El Palenque and fresh…

AnkhLave Arts Alliance at Queens Botanical Garden

Queens-Corona

Find site specific art installations by six female Queens-based artists of color in lovely gardens in a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods. Masks required.

Queens Botanical Garden Kids Programs

Queens-Corona

Join Queens Botanical Garden’s education staff in utilizing a gorgeous urban oasis as an outdoor classroom. Discover new parts of the Garden each lesson and receive safe socially distant instructions for hands-on activities. Choose from Friday (2-3 pm) or Saturday (10-11 am) 4-week sessions.