Monday, August 24, 2020

NYC STAYCATION: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Staycation: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

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Spend the day in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Here is what you can see and do:

  1. Get a little learning on at the New York Hall of Science. Some exhibits are revolving, so go back often.
  2. Become a kid again at the Queens Zoo. One of the smaller zoos in NYC, it is perfect for little ones, complete with a petting zoo. Buy a membership and get access to the other NYC zoos and the NY Aquarium
  3. Try out your sea legs and rent a paddleboat on Meadow Lake or get a different type of workout with a surrey bike for the whole family through Wheel Fun Rentals.
  4. Get a map of the park and search for all of the monuments, including the iconic Unisphere and Fountain and the Soul in Flight Memorial to Arthur Ashe.
  5. Try to find your house in the famous Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum.
  6. Swim or  ice skate year round. Subject to current safety and health closures.
  7. Catch an exciting soccer game. Local leagues play throughout the park. Support the food trucks.
  8. Take in professional sports: The New York Mets at Citifield and world famous tennis stars at the US Tennis Association annual US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The two areas are connected by a pedestrian bridge at the Mets-Willets Point subway stop.  Subject to current safety and health closures.
  9. Take in a little bit of history and see relics of the New York State Pavilion of the 1964-65 World's Fair, currently trying to get renovated.
  10. Of course, you can cycle or jog the entire park, have a cookout, play sports or do absolutely nothing but snooze. 

Some ways to get there: 
Public Transportation: MTA 7 train to 111 Street or Willets Point; 
Car: From east or west, Grand Central Parkway to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Train: LIRR to Jamaica, take the E train to Roosevelt Ave-Jackson Heights, transfer to the 7

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