Mets baseball and the U.S. Open are the big-ticket attractions in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, but there is more to do here than cheering and booing from the stands (even though that’s fun too).
Marvel at the Panorama at the Queens Museum of Art
Created for the 1964 World’s Fair at the behest of Robert Moses, the 9,335-square-foot diorama of New York City is as awe-inspiring now as it was then.
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Drop in on the residents of the Queens Zoo
It may be disproportionate to the borough in size (11 acres) and diversity (fauna from the Americas only), but the Queens Zoo is a hit with kids. Don’t miss the aviary, a geodesic dome left over from the 1964 Fair where birds fly freely.
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Get your skate on at the World Ice Arena
The park’s NHL-standard indoor ice rink is open daily for public skating. For summer hours, check the schedule.
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Row your boat on Meadow Lake
New York City’s largest freshwater lake, the 93-acre, man-made Meadow Lake, is conducive to boating and fishing. Rent a paddle boat or watch others row while you munch on your favorite variety of knish from Knish Nosh.
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Nathalie Alonso is a Queens-born journalist based in Astoria. She has covered happenings in the borough from baseball and development to the arts scene since 2006.