Visit Queens

From scenic waterfront walks to historic parks, New York City’s most diverse borough is a multi-stop destination for experiencing some of the best of NYC’s history, nature, and culture.

Hunter's Point South Park

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Take the East River Ferry to Long Island City, a budding neighborhood in Queens and hop off at the LIC Landing. Get ready to snap some photos because the views of the Manhattan skyline is one of a kind here at Hunters Point South Park.

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You’ll be able to see as far south as the Financial District and as far north as the Upper East Side while you walk along the waterfront and venture into the neighboring Gantry Plaza State Park. Stop for lunch at the 13,000-square-foot pavilion or get a taste of Long Island City’s international cuisine along Vernon Boulevard.

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Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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If you’re in town for a Mets game at Citi Field or the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, you’re already in Queens’ most iconic park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The park hosted the 1934 and 1964 World’s Fairs and is also home to the Queens Zoo, Queens Museum, Queens Botanical Garden, The New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Golf Center, and a year-round ice skating rink. Take a trip around the world at the Unisphere and stop by the New York State Pavilion, which you may recognize from the movie Men in Black.

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During the warmer months, rent a boat and cruise around Meadow Lake or rent a surrey and take a ride around the park’s 897 acres.

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Rockaway Beach

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There’s nothing quite like summer in New York City, and what’s summer without heading to the beach. Escape from the city buzz and come to the Rockaways for a relaxing day while soaking up the sun.

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The beach is quietest in the morning but around mid afternoon it comes alive with beach volleyball, football games, and mini parties. During high tide, surfers meet up to catch some waves at the beach, the only beach where surfing is legal in New York City. The neighborhood is beach-friendly with many seafood spots, bars, and the famous Caracas Arepas bar. If you’ve no beach wear or gear, no worries. There are many spots to shop for all you need for a perfect beach day.

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Jamaica Bay

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During the summer, our Urban Park Rangers host birding and canoeing trips around the Jamaica Bay area. The National Park Service offers programs year-round including tours, hikes, and lectures near the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

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King Manor Museum


If you’re hanging out in Jamaica, Queens, check out one of our historic houses, the King Manor Museum. The home once belonged to Rufus King, a framer and signer of the Constitution, one of the first senators from New York, and an important figure in the anti-slavery movement. Tours of the house are available to the public, as well as programming on the life and legacy of Rufus King.

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Baisely Pond Park

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Head to South Jamaica and spend some time at Baisley Pond Park. The giant-sized lily pads in the pond are gorgeous and it’s not unusual to spot large birds walking about the area. There’s a beautiful garden and gazebo nearby where the remains of an American Mastodon was found in the late 1800s. The Mastodon likely lived here after the retreat of the ice from Long Island approximately 10,000 years ago!

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The Jamaica/South Jamaica area is predominately Caribbean and South Asian. In 2011, the neighborhood welcomed a field just for cricket, a popular sport played in the Caribbean and South Asia.

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Juniper Valley Park

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Meanwhile, bocce, an Italian sport, is picking up steam in Middle Village's Juniper Valley Park, which hosts NYC Parks’ annual Bocce Tournament.

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During the spring, the 55-acre park is perfect for a stroll or run as its crabapple and cherry trees bloom for the season.

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Highland Park

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Many birders in the Queens area flock to Highland Park where Ridgewood Reservoir is home to more than 151 species of birds. The reservoir sits on both sides of Brooklyn and Queens and is the area’s best kept secret for runners, birders, and lovers enjoying its quiet walkways. The reservoir is set so high above the park that you can see as far as the Financial District in Manhattan during the winter, when the leaves are gone. The reservoir operated as a water supply for Brooklyn from 1858 to 1959.

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Astoria Park

A visit to Queens isn't complete without visiting Astoria, perhaps the borough’s most popular neighborhood.

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Come summer, take a splash in New York City’s largest and oldest public pool. The pool is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer. 

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The park itself is a neighborhood favorite with stunning views of the Triborough Bridge and the Hell Gate Bridge, especially at sunset.

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Ralph Demarco Park

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A bit north of Astoria Park is the lovely Ralph Demarco Park. Locals cherish its beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline and Hell Gate Bridge while enjoying a quiet day out on the waterfront.

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Socrates Sculpture Park

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While you’re hanging out along the Astoria, stop by Socrates Sculpture Park, our free outdoor art gallery. Throughout the year the park bursts to life with large-scale sculptures and multimedia pieces on its 5-acre lawn. See this artwork, the Living Pyramid by Agnes Dene's, through August 30. 

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Queensbridge Park

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Just south of Astoria is the iconic Queensbridge Park, named for the towering views of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. There’s a seating area that lounges onto the water. Head here for a perfect view of New York City from the East River. 

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Cunningham Park

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Over in Oakland Gardens, Cunningham Park boasts of once being home William K. Vanderbilt’s private race course in the early 20th century. In 1912, the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway fully opened to the public as a private toll road for its entire 45-mile length. It was used primarily by New York City’s elite, traveling to and from their Long Island estates. With the onset of Prohibition in 1920, the parkway acquired the nickname ‘Rumrunner’s Road’ because bootleggers often used it to avoid the police. Today, the motorway is used as a biking and walking path.

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Venture through the rest of the park and have a lunch on the picnic tables under the park’s massive trees. The park is a year-round favorite, but especially beautiful come fall when the leaves change their colors.

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Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

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Across the way is NYC Parks’ obstacle course at Alley Pond Park. Climb the boulder wall or telephone pool, try out the swings and zip lines, or challenge your loved ones to tug-of-war. The course is free on Sundays during the summer.

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Fort Totten Park

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Up in Bayside, Queens, Fort Totten Park is a perfect getaway spot on the bay. The military fort was built in 1862 to protect the New York Harbor, then later used as a hospital care center during the Civil War. Throughout the warmer months, our Urban Park Rangers host tours of this historic area.

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On hot summer days, swimmers can take a dip in the pool and sunbathe around its grassy edges, or take canoes out and paddle along Little Neck Bay. The pool is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer.

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Kissena Park

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If you’re a nature lover, stop by Kissena Park. Stroll through the park’s historic tree grove, which was once a 19th century horticultural nursery for the New York region. Today, the 237-acre park is home to over 100 varieties of trees, including rare finds like the Persian parrotia of Iran, the Chinese toon, and the katsura of Asia.

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The park is best known for the Kissena Velodrome, a 400-meter, state-of-the-art cycling track which held the 1964 Olympic Trials.

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Queens County Farm

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Over at Queens County Farm, you can meet sheep, goats, chickens, pigs and cows grazing on the 5-acre farm, which has been around since the 17th century. During the fall, the farm staff hosts many harvest events, including the annual Amazing Maize Maze adventure through the 3-acre corn field.

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