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Queens became part of New York City in 1898. Queens is a borough of choices. Art. History. Music. Sports. And More. So many things to do and see … Not to mention all the people to meet! Queens was recently named the most diverse county in the nation, and we are proud to have so many groups represented here.
Queens has more parkland than any other borough in New York City.

Attractions

Queens Zoo

Experience American wilderness right in New York City. The Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a 12-acre home to nearly 70 spectacular species, which roam in naturalistic habitats representing wild lands of North and South America. Walk down a wooded path and meet up with a mountain lion. Gaze across an expansive plain to see bison grazing in the grass. And look for spectacled bears relaxing in treetops. There’s a tamer side, too – a charming barnyard area where you can feed friendly animals.
Location
53-51 111th Street, Flushing, NY 11368

The New York Pass grants you free admission to the Zoo
Queens Zoo

Queens Museum of Art

The Queens Museum of Art is the premier fine arts institution in the borough of Queens, and is situated in the New York City Building, one of the few major structures remaining from the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs. The museum presents 20th century and contemporary art exhibitions, including a permanent collection of Tiffany art glass, and the world-famous Panorama of the City of New York – at 9,335 square feet, it’s the world’s largest architectural model and provides an incomparable bird’s-eye-view of the entire metropolis.
Location
The New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NY 11368-3398
(718) 592-9700
The New York Pass grants you free admission to the Museum
The Queens Museum of Art

American Museum of the Moving Image

The American Museum of the Moving Image is the only museum in the United States devoted to the art, history, and craft of motion pictures, television, and digital media. The dynamic, interactive core exhibition, Behind the Screen, explains the process of producing motion pictures and television programs. A second exhibition, DigitalMedia, offers visitors a hands-on experience of the digital moving image and software-based art. Screenings of historic and contemporary films are offered every weekend, often featuring personal appearances by directors and other industry professionals.
Location
35th Avenue at 36th Street, Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 784-0077
The New York Pass grants you free admission to the Museum
American Museum of the Moving Image

New York Hall of Science

With more than 225 interactive exhibits, The New York Hall of Science is New York’s only hands-on science and technology center. Visit the Pfizer Foundation Biochemistry Discovery Lab and play scientist for the afternoon. See a microbe zoo, enter a distorted room where people appear to shrink or grow, and let your body provide the electric connection to make music! From March to December, children of all ages can visit the 30,000 square foot Science Playground.
Location
47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368
(719) 699-0005
The New York Pass grants you free admission to the Hall
New York Hall of Science

The Unisphere

The symbol of Queens, the Unisphere is a giant globe in Flushing Meadows Park. It’s a great spot to hang out and catch Queens at play: walking, biking, skating, running, barbecuing, and playing soccer. Next door is the Queens Museum of Art with its Panorama of New York City, an incredibly detailed scale model of the entire city. It is so well composed that you can pinpoint specific houses, even find your own home. The Panorama has been delighting visitors since the World’s Fair in 1964.
Location
Flushing Meadows Park, Flushing
Direction
Subway #7 to Flushing Meadows

The Unisphere

Jackson Heights, an Indian and South Asian Neighborhood

The streets of Jackson Heights are lined with gold! Well, not exactly. A row of 22k gold jewelry shops light up 74th Street. It’s the main drag of an Indian/South Asian enclave, and has some of the best eating in all of NYC (delicious curries, tandoori, nan, dosas, kebabs, Indian sweets, and more). There’s lots of cool shopping — saris, bhangra music, Bollywood DVDs — and even a Bollywood movie theater. This fascinating Little India is a great place to experience Queens’ famed diversity.
Direction
Subway N, R, G, E, F, 7 via the Roosevelt Avenue

Downtown Flushing, NYC’s Second Chinatown

Downtown Flushing is New York’s second largest Chinatown. It is worth a visit for an afternoon of strolling, peeking into herbalist shops, sipping up boba tea, and munching on great Chinese and other Asian eats. Don’t miss the celebration of Lunar or Chinese New Year in Flushing every winter. You won’t see the tourist crowds who go to New Year in Manhattan, but you will get an earful of firecrackers and an eyeful of dragon dancers.
Direction
Subway #7 to Flushing

Citi Field

What’s better than an afternoon at the ball game, eating peanuts, and watching the Mets pull off a miracle? No doubt, there will be another miracle, if not this year, then next. Seats at the Mets new home, Citi Field, which replaced the Shea Stadium in 2009 are less expensive than at Yankee Stadium. Plus, there’s plenty of parking and plenty of tailgating to get you ready for the ball game.
Location
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Direction
7 line stops at Willets Point/Shea Stadium, on Roosevelt Avenue in the northern part of the Park.

Citi Field

USTA National Tennis Center / Arthur Ashe Stadium

Arthur Ashe Stadium is a four-level structure designed by Rossetti Associates Architects, the same Birmingham, Mich., firm that designed the stadium at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami, which is the home of the Nasdaq-100 Open and the USA Tennis High Performance offices. Arthur Ashe Stadium features state-of-the-art broadcast and audio systems, 90 luxury suites, five restaurants (including media and player dining), a two-level players’ lounge, and individual seating for 22,547 fans.
Location
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Hours
The USTA National Tennis Center is open to the public seven days a week, 11 months a year and closes only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Direction
7 line stops at Willets Point/Shea Stadium, on Roosevelt Avenue in the northern part of the Park.

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center

P.S. 1 is an internationally renowned museum devoted to contemporary art. It is known for its avant-garde exhibits and for leading the alternative space movement. Artists actively collaborate with the administrators, and have studio space on site.
P.S. 1 is affiliated with MoMA, but has a much looser, crazier feel. Somehow P.S. 1 has managed to stay creative even as it has gained fame and become part of the established art world.
Location
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Avenue (at the intersection of 46th Avenue) Long Island City, NY
(718) 784-2084
Hours
Open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Monday
Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
Direction
7 subway to 45 Road/Courthouse. Exit to Jackson and walk south to 46 Avenue. G subway to 21 Street/Jackson Avenue. Cross the street to the left for P.S. 1.

Admission
Suggested donation for admission is $5, For seniors and students it’s $2, Admission is free for members.

How to See Queens

Elevated #7 Subway Tracks

The line from 42nd St/Times Square to Main St, Flushing, Queens. The No. 7 train has become a symbol of modern immigration. The train’s role in the history of American immigration was recognized last year when the federal government named it one of 16 “Millennium Trails,” putting the subway line in the same category with such auspicious paths as the one Lewis and Clark blazed across the West. During a previous tide of immigration, at the turn of the 20th century, the No. 7 train served the throngs of Irish, Italians and eastern Europeans who came through Ellis Island. Many of them poured out of the shantytowns of Manhattan’s Lower East Side and moved to the row houses of Queens.
Try to time your trip where at least one leg is during rush hour so you can enjoy the express ride from Queensboro Plaza to Main St (or vice versa in the AM rush). If you’re going to stop for photos, consider Queensboro Plaza (multi-level elevated station transferring with the N train), 111th St (junction with Willets Point Yard, express track rises to a second level) and Willets Point/Shea Stadium (exit train onto footbridge into Flushing Meadows Park and cross over Willets Point Yard). The R-36 fleet has the accessible railfan window.

Tickets:
$2.25 for a single ride, any distance. (with one free pass from bus to train or viceversa)

Other Attractions

Rockaway Beach

With miles of beaches off the Rockaway Peninsula and many indoor and outdoor pools, you can cool off and have fun! Queens has 7 1/2 miles of oceanfront beaches on the Rockaway Peninsula. The Boardwalk runs from Beach 9th Street on eastern end of the peninsula to Beach 126th Street. The beach continues westerly to Beach 149th Street.
For more information:
(718) 318-4000

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