06/24/14 1:00pm

Jim Licato

Of course, nobody wants to sleep with the fish, but it is fun to check them out in their natural habitat for a few hours every now and then. Summer is whale- and dolphin-watching season in Queens, and American Princess Cruises offers four-hour trips from the Rockaways through local waterways to observe the marine ecosystem as well as seabirds, turtles, seals and other aquatic creatures…and hopefully spot a whale or dolphin. According to the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, about 25 whale species — including fin, humpback, and sperm — and bottlenose dolphins swim in New York City and Long Island waters during the warm weather months.

Details: Whale and Dolphin Watching, Riis Landing, Rockaway Point Boulevard at Heinzelman Road, Breezy Point, now through August with special trips during the fall, usually noon to 4 pm, $45 for adults/$35 for seniors/$25 for children.

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11/16/12 9:00am

Image Source: Austin’s Steak and Ale House

Two restaurants with great tradition in Queens – Austin’s Steak and Ale House in Kew Gardens and Bayside’s Bourbon Street — will hold the Benefit for Long Beach/Rockaways Hurricane Relief. The sister venues will offer an open bar and complimentary buffet with live music and special guest bartenders. Half the night’s proceeds will go directly to local residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Austin’s Steak and Ale House
Friday, November 16
82-70 Austin St., Kew Gardens
5pm – 9pm | $45

Bourbon Street Restaurant
Friday, November 16
40-12 Bell Blvd., Bayside
5pm – 9pm | $45