QUEEN FAMILY FAVES

Queens is home to fascinating museums and unique outdoor spaces. 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.

The Lemon Ice King of Corona

This 60+ year old family owned business sells Italian Ices with real pieces of fruit. Lots of fun flavors.

Grab and go only. Close to lovely Flushing Meadows Corona Park and its many attractions.

Unisphere/Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The iconic Unisphere from the 1939 World’s Fair is the centerpiece of a lovely park with lots of green space, a skateboarding park, and some interesting structures to explore.

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

For safety, all boaters…

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.

Queens Zoo

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. Advance online…

Queens Museum

An expansive open light-filled space (formerly home to two world fairs) on the edge of  Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosts ambitious exhibitions, educational initiatives, and community-minded programming,

See the city in miniature at the famous  Panorama of the City of New York created by urban mastermind and World’s Fair President Robert Moses and more than…

Flower Patch at Queens Botanical Garden

Unique floral and garden creature installations transform the QBG Farm into a fantastic flower spectacle creating an immersive environment and stunning backdrop for photos. Meet costumed nature creatures, pick a pot of flowers to take home and a get a floral themed grab-and-go craft activity kit. Fee includes general Garden admission and entry to the…

LIC/ASTORIA

Welling Court Mural Project

Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.

Gantry Plaza State Park/Hunter’s Point Park South

Visit two Long Island City playgrounds within walking distance of each other set in a large riverside oasis with spectacular Manhattan views.

Lots of places to climb and spin (and splash in the summer) at the playground at Gantry Plaza State Park with a cushioned rainbow floor and groovy design. Stroll along the park’s four…

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…

Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life at 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…

Museum of the Moving Image

Explore film, TV and video games from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art with lots of hand-on exhibits in a spacious, modern building.

* The hands-on core exhibition Behind the Screen features over 1,400 artifacts, from mind-bending optical toys to a real Chewbacca mask from the Star Wars films, footage of…

The Muppet Movie

See Kermit  sing “Rainbow Connection” in this 1979 road picture filled with cameo appearances, running gags, and Academy Award–nominated music by Paul Williams. Features Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and Gonzo and more favorites.

Also at 3 pm.

Add on admission to the museum galleries and see Muppet memorabilia and puppets for $5.

Outer Queens