As the most diverse borough in New York City, Queens is home to the most languages of any place on earth. Queens is the hometown for countless first-generation Americans, and it’s no surprise that this exciting borough is filled with some amazing things to do.
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1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
Museum of the Moving Image
Located in Astoria, the Museum of the Moving Image focuses its interests on video. It is the only museum in the United States which examines the history, art and technology of the medium. While MoMi frequently hosts premieres and other special events, their permanent collection is worth checking out and includes the Jim Henson exhibit, which honors the work of the man behind The Muppets and Sesame Street.
PS1 was founded by Alanna Heiss in 1971 to organize art shows in the underutilized warehouse spaces across the city. They opened a permanent gallery space in Long Island City, Queens within just a few years. Joining forces with MoMA in 2001, MoMA PS1 was born. Today, the museum aims to help foster artistic innovation and bring contemporary art to international audiences.
New York Hall of Science
The New York Hall of Science, also known as NYSCI, was founded as part of the 1964 World’s Fair and designed to make science fun. Perfect for the whole family, the museum specializes in interactive exhibits that allow visitors to get their hands messy while they learn. The permanent exhibits include the Design Lab, where you can make your own experiments, and Mathmatica, which creates visual and interactive displays aimed at demystifying math.
Flux Factory has moved around Queens since it was founded in 1993, but it has never lost its focus as an artist collective that provides studio spaces and residencies to help foster the New York City arts scene. Visitors to the space can take workshops, visit the galleries and enjoy live performances.
Lewis Howard Latimer House Museum
Latimer House was the home of Lewis H. Latimer (1848-1928), an African-American inventor and electrical pioneer who worked with Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Alva Edison and Hiram S. Maxim. Visit the Queen Anne house, a historic home with its own “tinker lab” for electrical experiments and enjoy public programs focusing on the contributions of African Americans to the fields of science and technology.
Also built for the World’s Fair, the Queens Museum focuses on art, architecture and design. Refurbished in 2013, the Queens Museum building is a beautiful feat of architecture, but the museum has not forgotten its history. It keeps paraphernalia from the 1964 World’s Fair, much of it on display. The highlight is the giant panorama of New York City in 1964 on a 1:1200 ratio. The Panorama of the City of New York also includes models for buildings that have never been built, offering an alternative to the New York City skyline we know today.
Socrates Sculpture Park, New York
Built on a former landfill, the Socrates Sculpture Park gives visitors the chance to interact with giant sculptures in a beautiful setting. There is no permanent collection and most sculptures are built on-site and can not be seen anywhere else. This ever-changing park – which is free to visit – demands repeat visits.
Queens Botanical Garden, New York
Celebrate love in bloom at Queens Botanical Garden, an urban oasis bringing new meaning to the phrase “urban jungle.” The al fresco wedding – and flower-filled photo-op – of your dreams awaits at this 18-acre paradise, comprising historic 20th-century blooms, an oak-lined alley, and a Victorian-inspired Wedding Garden featuring a “literal white picket fence” and vintage gazebo.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
At the center of the 1964 World’s Fair fair was Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which remains the largest park in Queens. It was built on land described by F Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby as the “valley of ashes,” but today it’s occupied by recreation spaces, large green fields, a zoo and a baseball stadium.
Alley Pond Park
The second-largest park in Queens is Alley Pond Park. Here you’ll find the Alley Pond Giant, thought to have first sprouted between 350 and 400 years ago and perhaps New York City’s oldest tree. Fans of heights will enjoy the park’s high ropes adventure course, NYC’s first public ropes course and the largest in the state.
The People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Park, 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd
This is one of NYC’s least crowded beaches, partly because it can be a little tricky to get to. Visitors to The People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Park must take a bus to reach it, in contrast to Coney Island and Brighton Beach, which are accessible by subway. The Beach Bizarre at People’s Beach offers concessions. Trek away from the boardwalk if you want an uncrowded space to lay out your towel.
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New York
The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a massive undertaking. Run by The National Park Service in conjunction with the City of New York, it amasses over 9,155 acres of salt marshes, fields, woods and freshwater ponds. It is also home to over 330 species of birds, 60 types of butterflies, fish, reptiles, amphibians and crabs.
Food and Drink
Once a street food favorite, Arepa Lady opened a brick-and-mortar location in 2014 before moving to its current location in 2018. Colombian owner Maria Cano is known for her savory arepa, which is a Latin American dish made of baked cornmeal. But the menu has many options, including chuzo and patacones (fried plantains).
This bar and grill may look like a regular German beer garden, but Gottscheer Hall is a cultural institution preserving so much more. The hall is named after the Gottscheer people and language from what is now modern-day Slovenia. While the speakers of Gottscheer might be dropping in number, this beerhall will remain, offering visitors great beer as well as some delicious German pub eats.
Al-Sham Sweets & Pastries
Specializing in Middle Eastern treats, the Jordanian-owned Al-Sham Sweets & Pastries is the perfect place to delight in flaky baklava offered in a variety of flavors. This shop is part of “Little Egypt,” the Queens neighborhood filled with Lebanese, Egyptian and Palestinian immigrants and restaurants. Al-Sham is the perfect stop for some affordable bites to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
The proprietors of the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden claim it is the oldest beer hall in New York City. Founded by the Bohemian Citizens’ Benevolent Society of Astoria, the bar was opened in 1919 as part of a complex that included a farm and a gym; only the bar remains. It is a great spot to gather a group of friends to enjoy a few rounds and watch a game on the large projection screens.
Golden Shopping Mall
Familiar to Queens residents, the Golden Shopping Mall sprung forward in the American consciousness when it was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations; it’s also appeared on other food tourism media. The mall’s food court offers some of the most diverse Chinese gastronomic fair outside of China. Not all the vendors speak English, so you may have to rely on the English-language menus.
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