15 top things to do in Queens, NY

There are plenty of things to see and do in Queens. This borough is known for food, the Unisphere, and the home of the Mets. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend or next year, we’ve got the list for you! Here are the top 15 that are on our list.


1. Eat, eat, eat, and eat some more

There’s no telling what good food you can eat in Queens. Just a few to try are…

 

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2. Visit Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

 

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This is one of the borough’s (and maybe New York City’s) most iconic places. It’s the spot for two twentieth century World’s Fairs and continues to draw many visitors every day.

The metal Unisphere is 140 feet high and 120 feet in diameter. It represents the earth and “man’s achievements on a shrinking globe in an expanding universe.”

Directions to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Take the 7 subway to Mets – Willets Point and walk south. You’ll land right in the park. Continue to walk south and then you’ll find the Unisphere.


3. Sip a cocktail at Dutch Kills Bar

 

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A throw-back speakeasy with delicious cocktails, late night offerings, and fast service. Those who come here rave about the tasty concoctions stirred or shaken here.

Directions to Dutch Kills Bar

Take the E, M, R subway to Queens Plaza Station. Walk a few blocks west and you’ll see it on your left.


4. Soak in the views of the Manhattan skyline

 

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It can’t get much more romantic and soothing than to soak in the views of the Manhattan skyline. Don’t forget to bring your favorite beverage as you sit and watch the lights dazzle.

Directions to the skyline of Manhattan

Go to Rainey Park. Take the F subway and get off at 21 St – Queensbridge and walk north for a mile. It’s a little far to walk, so maybe a quick Uber would be a good option.


5. Visit the Museum of the Moving Image

 

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This is the only museum in America dedicated to exploring the art, history, and technology of the moving image.

Their “behind the scenes” exhibit showcases what it takes to make a movie. Artifacts, computer-based interactive experiences, audio-visual material, and commissioned artworks are all shown.

Directions to the Museum of the Moving Image

Take the E, M, R subway to Steinway Street Station then walk west for two blocks then south for one block. The museum will be on your right across from Tacuba.


6. See the Queen’s Giant

 

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The oldest and tallest tree in New York City is the Queens Giant. Wrap your arms around it and snap a few pictures.

Directions to the Queens Giant

The tree is in Alley Pond Park. Since it’s on the far east side of Queens, getting there by subway isn’t possible.

You can, however, take the E, F subway as far as 179 Street Station and take a cab or Uber the rest of the way.


7. Visit the huge pool in Astoria

 

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A massive pool for playing or laps on a hot day in summer. Swim with your friends or come by yourself. Be sure to wear a white shirt though, no colors are allowed on deck.

Directions to the Astoria Pool

Use the N, W subway and stop at Ditmars Blvd Station and walk northwest. You’ll be there in about 5 blocks or .7 miles.


8. Check out the oldest beer garden in NYC

 

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Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden is the oldest beer garden in all of NYC. Serving Czech beer and food, you’re sure to find something you like at this spot. Rent out their huge space for a party or event as well.

Directions to the Brooklyn Museum

Use the N, W subway and stop Astoria Blvd Station and walk north for a block and it will be on you left.


9. Visit the oldest bar in NYC

 

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On the same note, give a visit to the oldest bar in NYC. This bar on a corner street has been serving guests for over 180 years. With tasty food and drinks that will quench your thirst, this is a good spot to hit.

Directions to Neirs Tavern

Take the J, Z subway to 75 St-Elderts Lane Station, walk south for a block, then east for three. It will be on your left once you get to 78th street.


10. Go to a New York Mets baseball game

 

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Sip and cheer the New York Mets on as they play. Come early to tailgate with your friends and family. Many say this is the nicest ballpark in NYC.

Directions to Citi Field

Take Subway 7 and stop at Mets – Willets Point where you can get off and enter the stadium.

NOTE: many people will be taking the same train if you’re going to the game, so make sure you arrive early.


11. Take salsa dancing lessons

 

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If you already don’t know how to burn up the dance floor with salsa moves, here’s your chance to show the world what you’re made of. Don’t be fearful to strut your stuff during one of these classes.

Salsa In Queens offers classes for you (and your partner) to attend.

Directions to Salsa In Queens

Take the E, M, R subway and get off at Steinway Street Station. Then, it’s not even a block off the stop.


12. Take your pup to the park

 

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If your furry friend needs to get and out and run for a bit, take him/her to this park. With plenty of space and doggie friends to play with, he’s sure to enjoy himself.

Directions to Forest Park Barking Lot

Take the E, F subway to Union Turnpike – Kew Gardens and walk southwest for about four blocks.


13. Go indoor rock climbing

 

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Looking to build strength and concentration? Maybe rock climbing is your thing. Head to the Cliffs at Long Island City to get a climb in.

Directions to The Cliffs at LIC

Take the E, M subway to Court Square-23 St Station then walk west for a block.


14. Catch an act at Queens Theater

 

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If you’re into live performances, then this is the place for you to check out. Shows happen almost every night, so you’re bound to find a performance you’ll like.

Directions to the Brooklyn Museum

Take the 7 subway to 111 St. and walk south for a dozen or so blocks. It may be wise to call a taxi if it’s a cold night because it’s a little far to travel on foot. Then, walk east into Flushing Meadows Corona Park.


15. Visit one of many shopping malls

 

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If you’re in the shopping mood, take a trip to one Queens’ many shopping malls. A few to note are:


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