QUEEN FAMILY FAVES

Queens is home to fascinating museums and unique outdoor spaces including the attraction-packed Flushing Meadows Corona Park. See a map view for planning.

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FLUSHING/CORONA

Dumpling Galaxy

Choose from than 100 kinds of delicious dumplings plus noodles & other Chinese dishes in a striking, modern interior with bold Chinese red across walls. Deep semiprivate booths have individual TV screen showing highlights of the extensive menu.

Queens Botanical Garden

Explore lovely gardens in a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods. Look for site-specific art throughout the garden including large scale prints on ‘Invasive Species’ by Sam Scoggins in the Visitor & Administration Building and a a beautiful mural ‘Wonder Garden’ outside the Education Building.

Wheel Fun Rentals Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Rent bikes, 4-wheeled surreys, kayaks, pedal boats and and more at the northern edge of Meadow Lake.

All boaters receive boating instructions and must wear Coast Guard approved life vests. Helmets available for bikers.

Boaters under 15 years old must be accompanied onboard by an adult. Must be 10 years or older to be on a Single Kayak and 5 years or older when accompanied by an adult on a double kayak.

Get a snack or meal at the lakeside patio area at Ederle Terrace Cafe with lots of picnic tables and a pretty view.

New York Hall of Science

Founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair, this center for interactive science features lots of fun hands-on learning opportunities in a gorgeous, spacious building.

* Explore outer space, animals, light, physics and more in over 450 interactive displays.

* In new exhibit The Happiness Experiment, learn about the culture and science behind how and why…

Fantasy Forest Amusement Park

A carousel created for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair by combining two historic Coney Island carousels is the centerpiece of this small, kid-friendly amusement park. Choose from 64 jumping horses, 7 standing horses, 1 menagerie animal, and 2 chariots.

Try an assortment of classic, family-friendly rides within a tree-filled landscape of Forest Park including the Corona…

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

See over 120 dragon boat teams from across North America race in the Meadow Lake to commemorate an ancient Chinese legend plus enjoy traditional Chinese foods, music and dance.

Due to Covicd, this will be a scaled down one day event this year; check back for updates.

Queens International Night Market

Sample cuisine from around the world at a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens. Shop around 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. Also enjoy live music and cultural performances celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens. Dine in a large picnic area.

Parking is extremely limited available, visitors…

LIC/ASTORIA

Planeta Abuelx

Walk around Guadalupe Maravilla’s fascinating sculptures nestled in a gorgeous waterfront park. Accumulations of totemic forms, recycled and found materials, botanicals, Mesoamerican symbolism, and functional sound components draw on ancestral, Indigenous, and ritual practices of healing.

Public programs for ‘Planeta Abuelx’ include sound baths, workshops, and performances.

Noguchi Museum

See works founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi in a specially-designed, serene building and garden.
Housed in a repurposed 1920s red brick industrial building, with an attached concrete pavilion designed and built in the 1980s by Noguchi himself in collaboration with Shoji Sadao (1927–2019). The two-story Museum contains approximately 27,000…

MoMA PS1

* Explore Niki de Saint Phalle’s vibrant, joyous work full of color and imagination. Featuring over 200 works, ephemera, and archival photos and models of her magical sculpture gardens/playgrounds around the world, the exhibition brings to life Saint Phalle’s belief that art can alter perception and shift reality. Look for fantastical creatures, interesting characters, recurring…

Outer Queens

Rockaway Beach

Queens

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. Get excellent burgers at Rippers on 86th…