Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The Must-Do Summer Attractions In Queens, NYC

Last year we went to New York and had the best time exploring this exciting city. It was my first time in 'The Big Apple'  and of course, I had to do all the tourist things such as the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and the 9/11 Memorial Museum which was sobering but a must see. 

While we were there, we took a trip over to the borough of Queens, which quickly became one of my favourite areas of New York. Well connected to the city, it offers a break from the craziness of Times Square and downtown New York City.  We are planning to go back to New York next Summer to explore Queens more, so this is my guide to the must-do summer attractions in the borough of Queens New York. 

Wander Around in the Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

Photo by Ajay Suresh, CC 2.0 License

You could honestly spend two days in this park as it's huge and has so many attractions! Want to know how the Big Apple built such a reputation worldwide? Come to this part of town. The Unisphere shape, a massive steel replica of the Earth, of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park used to be home to international fairs and still is one of the largest global structures in the world.

If arts and culture are of your thing, get lost in the Queens Museum or the New York Hall of Science. Get tickets in advance, if you want to see a show at the Queens Theatre, featured in the movie Men In Black.

Go to the Museum of Modern Art in the evening





The Midtown Museum of Modern Art has a beloved extension named MoMA PS1, which turns into a dance floor during the summer on weekends. Have you ever partied in a museum? Coming to Queens is your opportunity to cross that off your bucket list. Meet the coolest people in town and dance the night away in artistic surroundings.

Visit the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre is the world's largest public tennis facilities. Every year, it hosts one of the four biggest tennis tournaments: the U.S. Open. The complex is so big that in addition to the tennis courts, you will also find a food village, a museum of the U.S. Open and a sculpture garden.  Soaking up the atmosphere and passion here is a great way to enjoy tennis and every year players and fans gather to enjoy the end of the Summer and their favourite sport.

Check Out the Welling Court Mural Project



Now, here’s a must-see place for artists, especially photographers. Located in Astoria, I was told that it’s the best “aerosol art” alternative in Queens. Here, street artists come from all the corners of the world to share their artwork. A word of advice: start your artistic journey at the intersection of 30th Avenue and Welling Court, you don't really need a map as art is everywhere but if you search online you can find one. With over 130 works of art, it's a great place for art lovers everywhere to soak up the atmosphere. Who knows, you may spot an up-and-coming version of Banksy?

Take an Evening Walk at the Gantry Plaza State Park
Photo by Alan Strakey, CC 2.0 License
Take a walk along the riverfront for one of the most iconic views of New York. From there, you can enjoy the most beautiful landscape the city has to offer: the sunset between the Manhattan skyscrapers, the United Nation, the Chrysler and the Empire State Buildings. It's a lovely walk with your partner or friends, and then stop off in one of the neighbourhood bars for a drink watching the sun go down.

So this is my must-do attractions in Queens New York. Have you been to New York? 
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10 comments

  1. It's so great to see someone talking about things to do in the Boroughs and not just the usual attractions we always hear about.The Unisphere just looks spectacular!

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  2. Lovely to read about some less well known attractions, looks like a really vibrant area.

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    1. New York is huge and we always hear about the same attractions, don't we?

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  3. I've never been to NYC, which is quite embarrassing as an American. But I would love to and definitely would prefer to go off the beaten track.

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    1. It's such a big city, it's a shame not to explore outside of the main tourist attractions.

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  4. I went to New York a few years back. There is plenty of interesting things to do

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    1. There are loads of attractions and things to do on a budget and if you have money to spend too.

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  5. I haven't been to New York yet but its on my to-do list. I'll need to get saving though!! xxx

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  6. I haven't been to NYC...yet! But all of these look great! There is SO much to do in NYC, right?

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