As the largest of New York City’s five boroughs, Queens naturally draws people from all walks of life. Located on the western edge of Long Island, it covers more than 178 square miles, and contains several miles of shoreline. Queens has a number of cultural attractions and outdoor recreational venues that are perfect for a day trip.
Rockaway Beach is one of the best-kept secrets in New York City. This beach is situated on Long Island, and stretches for several miles along the Rockaway Peninsula. Despite its location along the A train, Rockaway Beach nonetheless provides a feeling of seclusion, and tends to be far less crowded than other areas of Queens. Beachcombing, swimming, surfing and fishing are all popular activities, and there are also plenty of restaurants and playgrounds located along the beach as well.
Queens County Farm Museum
This farm is the only historical working farm in the Big Apple, and is also the longest continuously-farmed tract of land in New York State. The Queens County Farm Museum is open year round, and allows for tours of its historical farm buildings, greenhouses, orchards, crop fields and herb gardens. You can view heritage farm animals such as cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and hens and learn why they are important to agriculture. Several educational programs designed especially for children and adults take place here on a regular basis as well.
Museum of the Moving Image
This museum is located across the street from the former Kaufman Astoria Studios, and sits on the same site as the original Paramount Studios. It is dedicated to the art and history of all types of moving images, including television, movies and virtual reality. Not only does this museum contain several interactive displays, but it also has exhibits that showcase vintage video and film equipment. There is also memorabilia from classic television shows and movies, in addition to special exhibits that arrive from time to time. This museum screens more than 400 movies every year, and many screenings are also open to the public.
Forest Park contains more than 500 acres of land, 165 of which is unspoiled forest area. Here you can enjoy everything from hiking and horseback riding to softball and tennis. You may even try your hand at the par-67 golf course, which is known to be one of the most challenging in the area. This park hosts fun activities such as dancing under the stars and family fun days from time to time as well. During the summer, plan to visit the George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell for one of the many free concerts, or take in one of the ranger-led activities that will introduce you to geology or forestry.
Located inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Queens Zoo may be one of New York City’s smaller zoos, but it is nonetheless packed with things to see and do. The North American Wildlife area is actually a trail that allows you to view species such as lynx, bald eagle, Andean bear and bison, among others. At the petting zoo area, you can enjoy touching animals such as sheep, goats, pigs and horses. Throughout the park, you can view several different species of birds, including owl and turkey.
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