Whether you live in the New York area or are just visiting, there is more to see in New York City than just Manhattan. Tucked just outside, is the borough of Queens, NY which offers much American history and exquisite sights to see. If you are in town for an NYC Cruise you may want to make some time beforehand or if you are in town for any time following your cruise, check out these fantastic sites.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Corona Park, home of the 1964 World’s Fair is over 1200 acres of what now serves as a city park, some remnants of the World’s Fair still exist, including the Unisphere which was the symbol and centerpiece of the fair. The World’s Fair in Queens, 1964 is remembered as a showcase for American culture and technology of the mid-20th century. It officially closed on October 17, 1965. There are many other facilities at the park that offer other recreational activities including sports fields, walking paths, dog parks, museums, theaters, ice skating, boating, nature center and more.
Queens Botanical Gardens
Queens Botanical Gardens, “Where people, plants, and cultures meet.” The Gardens are known for their beautiful backdrop for weddings, corporate and social events and educational services. They pride themselves on cultural research. The 39-acre living museum offers hands-on workshops for students of all ages; pre-k through high school. There are three types of tours available; Sustainability Tour, Guided Garden Tour or a Self-Guided Tour.
Also located right in the center of Flushing Meadows, Queens, is one of America’s iconic baseball fields occupied by the New York Mets; Citi Field (which replaced the adjacent Shea Stadium). Designed with some of America’s favorite pastime’s history in mind, all of the seats in the park are green to pay homage to the Polo Grounds, which is the original home of the Mets and longtime home of baseball’s New York Giants. The entrance to the stadium, also known as the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, named for the Brooklyn Dodgers legend, pays tribute to all of his career accomplishments. The ballpark carries many traditions and holds various amenities and facilities. The Home Run Apple has made its way from Shea Stadium to behind centerfield at Citi; when a Mets player hits a homerun, the apple rises up, fully lit and sporting the Mets logo as a fan favorite congratulatory gesture. Citi Field offers a family entertainment area including miniature Wiffle ball and a variety of eateries.
The location of all these sites is in close proximity to the World’s Fair Marina, where Skyline Princess departs. Skyline Cruises is recognized to be the best overall value for NYC dinner cruise and yacht charter according to The Better Business Bureau. Skyline Cruises also has free parking available for guests. To book your dinner cruise or to get additional information on hosting a corporate or special event, please fill out our form.