Whether you’re looking for activities during a stay-cation or just want new ways to have fun with your whole family, there’s a lot to do in Queens. Besides being the home port of the Skyline Princess at the World’s Fair Marina, the borough has an abundance of family-friendly activity opportunities.
A Cruise of NY Harbor Aboard the Skyline Princess
Queens Botanical Gardens
Queens County Farm Museum
New York Hall of Science
The Queens Theatre
The Queens Zoo
The Noguchi Museum
The Museum of the Moving Image
Taking the kids to the ballpark is a classic summer activity for families. Home to the New York Mets, Citi Field is built near the former Shea Stadium, the team’s prior location, and was built to pay homage to the Polo Grounds, the original home of the Mets. Even if you don’t go to a game, the stadium entrance, the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, honors the Brooklyn Dodgers legend who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, in addition to his array of career performance accomplishments.
Did you know that Flushing has its own Chinatown? With cozy shops, dumpling carts, and authentic delicacies, you’ll feel like you were transported to Asia.
Skyline Cruises are a fabulous family-friendly event. Its stunning views of famous New York landmarks provide one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities and incredible memories.
The 39-acre living museum is more than just a garden. Students of all ages come to the Queens Botanical Gardens for hands-on workshops that are as fun as they are educational. Weddings and special events are held there as is culture research. Both guided and self-guided tours are options.
Set on the largest tract of undisturbed farmland in New York City, the Queens County Farm Museum dates back to 1697. The 47-acre facility is the longest continuously farmed land in New York State with an herb garden, orchard, historic buildings, greenhouse, livestock, and more.
Located on the East River between the Triborough Bridge and Hell Gate Bridge, Astoria Park is a popular attraction year round. Home to the oldest and largest pool in the city, Astoria Park also features a bandstand, basketball courts, tennis courts, multiple trails, and much more.
Queens is actually home to two vintage carousels. The Forest Park Carousel is located on 544 acres of historic park grounds and is a New York State designated landmark. The carousel at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park is in Queen’s only amusement park and is near the Queens Zoo and Hall of Science.
Founded in the sixties as a part of the World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science has since become the largest interactive science center in New York. Its design/make/play method serves more than a half a million students, teachers, and families a year.
Located in Flushing Meadows’ Corona Park, the Queens Theatre regularly features a variety of family-friendly shows.
The Queens Zoo has deep roots that began 120 years ago when the New York Zoological Society was founded. It later evolved into the Wildlife Conservation Society. The zoo is actively involved in conservation efforts to protect and sustain endangered species.
The Noguchi Museum was created and designed by world-renowned American artist Isamu Noguchi to display his work. While the museum opened in 1985, it was built around a 1920s structure and features an outdoor sculpture garden and indoor/outdoor galleries.
Dedicated to celebrating film, television and digital media, the Museum of the Moving Image screens more than 400 films a year and holds public discussions with influential creators like Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, Glenn Close, Frank Oz, and many more. In addition to its core exhibition, Behind the Screen, its home of changing exhibits as well as The Jim Henson Exhibition, an ongoing display featuring more than 400 items like original artwork, rare footage, puppets, and more.
Sail with Skyline Cruises for a Memorable Summer
Set sail with your family aboard the Skyline Princess this summer for a brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise, and share a wonderful experience that they’ll always remember. Call (718) 446-1100 to make reservations or contact us through our inquiry form.