Queens Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Queens; our list of the best things to see, including Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Museum of the Moving Image.
  • The best place in Queens: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    1000 Washington Ave
    Tu-F 8AM-4:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-4:30PM. $8 adults, $4 seniors 65+ and students with ID 12+, free for children under 12. The garden is 52 acres and the layout was well planned. It is definitely worth a visit. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1910 and open to the public since 1911. The garden includes an authentic Japanese garden, a Children's Garden, and the Cranford Rose Garden. The garden has the largest cherry blossom trees in one place outside of Japan. There are 42 gorgeous varieties. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts various festivities throughout the year, including Hanami Sakura in May and the Chile Pepper Festival in October.
    food nearby
  • Music Hall of Williamsburg

    Music Hall of Williamsburg

    66 N 6th St
    Door times usually at 8PM.. Hosts larger indie rock concerts for the 18+ crowd. 600-person capacity.
    eat nearby
  • Museum of the Moving Image

    Museum of the Moving Image

    3601 35th Ave
    Tu-Th 10:30AM-5PM, F 10:30AM-8PM, Sa-Su 10:30AM-7PM. $12 adults, $9 seniors/college students, $6 children 3-18, free children under 3.
    Astoria-Long Island City restaurants nearby
  • Queens Museum of Art

    Queens Museum of Art

    NYC BuildingFlushing Meadows Corona Park
    Suggested donation $5 adults, $2.50 seniors/children, free for children under 5. A visual arts center featuring the Panorama of New York City; a large architectural scale model NYC.
    Flushing food nearby
  • Di Fara Pizza

    Di Fara Pizza

    1424 Ave J
    W-Su noon-4:30PM and 6PM-9PM. Cash only. An old-school pizzeria. Waiting for Dom, the only pizzaiolo in the shop, to painstakingly make your pizza or calzone is worth it. People returning to the neighborhood stop by here to indulge their nostalgia for quality that never wavers. This is not really cheap pizza, but it is very good pizza. Toppings include baby artichokes, porcini when available, and baby eggplant, as well as more usual toppings that are unusually good. Don't let the worn appearance of the shop's exterior fool you.
    Mapleton-Flatlands
  • P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

    P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

    22-25 Jackson Ave
    1 Contemporary Art Center (MoMA PS1), 22-25 Jackson Ave, ☎ +1 718 784-2084. Th-M noon-6PM. Suggested admission $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Supported by the Museum of Modern Art, this innovative (and cheap) contemporary art museum is in a former public school building. The conversion left most of the original features of the school - the large ex-classrooms are perfect for installations - and the bathrooms are a blast from the past. P.S.1 is a few blocks south on Jackson Avenue from the Citibank tower; the entrance is a concrete slab (how fitting) which occludes view of the school itself. P.S.1 also has a nice cafe and outdoor seats where every able-bodied New Yorker can enjoy a smoke.
    Sunny Side restaurants nearby
  • Steinway & Sons Pianos

    Steinway & Sons Pianos

    1 Steinway Pl
    They offer free guided tours during fall and spring to see the skilled craftsmen at work. Phone ahead, a month in advance is recommended, to reserve a place on these popular tours, and to check the days and times. Otherwise take the online factory tour on their website.
    Steinway food nearby
  • Knitting Factory

    Knitting Factory

    361 Metropolitan Ave
    Door times usually at 7PM or 8PM. Bar open Mon-Fri 5PM to late, Sat + Sun 12PM to late. The legendary New York concert club moved from Manhattan to Williamsburg in 2009. Check a diverse blend of live music, comedy, and special events. Main room events are all ages, bar events 21+.
    Williamsburg
  • Museum of the City of New York

    Museum of the City of New York

    1220 5th Ave
    Suggested admission $10 adults, $6 students/seniors, free from children 12 and under. Rather large, interesting museum with all kinds of documentation of events in the history of this city and delightful artifacts of life in earlier periods, such as the extensive collection of 19th century dollhouses complete with miniature furniture.
    Central Park restaurants nearby
  • Celebrate Brooklyn!

    Celebrate Brooklyn!

    at the Prospect Park Bandshell
    Most shows are free, but a handful of benefit shows will have a ticket charge. An annual series of concerts that are held throughout the summer.
    food nearby
  • The Noguchi Museum

    The Noguchi Museum

    9-01 33rd Rd
    W-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-Su 11AM-6PM. $10 adults, $5 seniors/students, free for children under 12. Pay what you wish on the first Friday of the month.
    Astoria-Long Island City eat nearby
  • Socrates Sculpture Park

    Socrates Sculpture Park

    3205 Vernon Blvd
    10AM-sunset daily. Free.
    Astoria-Long Island City restaurants nearby
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum

    Brooklyn Children's Museum

    145 Brooklyn Ave
    W-F 11AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. $5 per person. A highly interactive museum designed specifically for children.
    Bedford-Stuyvesant food nearby
  • Roberta's

    Roberta's

    261 Moore St
    11AM-midnight daily. Some of the best pizza in the entire city. Great inside and outside. Ingredients taken from rooftop farms around Brooklyn and Queens.
    Bushwick
  • New York Hall of Science

    New York Hall of Science

    a 300 ton spherical grid of steel
    The site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. The area around the park still includes some architectural and artistic relics of the events (including the Unisphere, a 300 ton spherical grid of steel, the world's largest globe, as featured in "Men In Black"). The park is very expansive, so be prepared to walk, or rent a bike near the Passarelle Building at the north entrance. The park also includes: New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), 47-01 111th St (northwest corner of the park, scross Grand Central Pkwy), ☎ +1 718 699-0005. Sep-Mar: Tu-Th 9:30AM-2PM, F 9:30AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM. Apr-Jun: M-Th 9:30AM-2PM, F 9:30AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM. Jul-Aug: M-F 9:30AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM. $11 adults, $8 studens/senoirs/children. Free admission (Sep-Jun only) offered F 2PM-5PM and Su 10AM-11AM. Originally a pavilion for the 1964 World's Fair, this science center is now full of hands-on exhibits for the public. Highlights include Sports Challenge, Rocket Park (featuring full sized Atlas and Titan tickets), and a science playground.Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St (east end of the park), ☎ +1 718 886-3800. 8AM-6PM daily Apr-Oct, 8AM-4:30PM daily Nov-Mar. Admission is charged Apr-Oct: $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 studens and children over 3, free for children under 3. Free admission for all Nov-Mar. Large garden and arboretum featuring a variety of plants, and also a Victorian-style wedding garden.Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building (west end of the park, behind the Unisphere), ☎ +1 718 592-9700. W-Su noon-6PM. Suggested donation $5 adults, $2.50 seniors/children, free for children under 5. A visual arts center featuring the Panorama of New York City; a large architectural scale model NYC.Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St (west end of the park, across Grand Central Pkwy), ☎ +1 718 271-1500. Apr-Oct: M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5:30PM. Nov-Mar: 10AM-4:30PM daily. $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children (3-12), free for children under 3. An 11-acre zoo featuring over 40 wildlife species including bison, mountain lions, and bears.USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, (Take a right after entering the north entrance from the Subway or LIRR), +1 718 760-6200, [3]. Home of the U.S. Open and also the largest public tennis facility in the world. It features 3 stadium courts, 9 indoor courts, and 14 outdoor courts which are available to the public year-round.
    Flushing restaurants nearby
  • Museum for African Art

    Museum for African Art

    36-01 43rd Ave
    The Museum for African Art is the center for discovering the arts of Africa, from classic to contemporary.
    Sunny Side food nearby
  • Permanent Records

    Permanent Records

    181 Franklin St
    M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-8PM.
    Sunny Side
  • Jewish Children's Museum

    Jewish Children's Museum

    790 Eastern Pkwy
    The Jewish Children's Museum is the largest Jewish-themed children's museum in the United States. It aims for children of all faiths and backgrounds to gain a positive perspective and awareness of the Jewish heritage, fostering tolerance and understanding. The permanent collection features exhibits designed to be both educational and entertaining to children, often employing interactive multimedia. At the miniature golf course on the roof, for example, each hole represents a stage in Jewish life. The museum is in the Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidic community of Crown Heights near the headquarters of the Lubavitch movement. The museum is run by Tzivos Hashem, a Chabad organization dedicated to the education of Jewish children. The museum opened in 2004. In 2005, the museum was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
    Brownsville restaurants nearby
  • Sugar Hill Supper Club

    Sugar Hill Supper Club

    609 DeKalb Ave
    Su-W 9AM-7:30PM, Th 9AM-8:30PM, F-Sa 24 hours. $13-22. An old school Bed-Stuy southern/soul food restaurant with outstanding crabcakes and frequent live jazz (always one, at least, on the first thursday of the month) as well as R&B, dance floor downstairs. The atmosphere is simple but elegant—a white tablecloth kind of place.
    Bedford-Stuyvesant
  • The City Reliquary

    The City Reliquary

    370 Metropolitan Ave
    Th 7PM-10PM, Sa-Su Noon-6PM. Small storefront museum with random artifacts from the city's history.
    Williamsburg eat nearby
  • Lola Star

    Lola Star

    Coney Island Boardwalk between W 12th St and Stillwell
    M-Th 11AM-7PM, F 11AM-10PM, Sa-Su 10AM-9PM. Boutique and souvenir shop on the boardwalk.
  • National Arboretum

    Entrances: 3501 New York Ave NE & 2400 R St NE
    This is the biggest hidden gem of the city (quite literally). The park's sprawling acres of carefully manicured gardens, and its wide collection of trees from around the world are fantastic for getting away from the urban world, and for a picnic. There are several attractions within the park worth seeking out, including the original columns from the Capitol Building's first incarnation, now standing alone mimicking Roman ruins, a Japanese garden, and a great bonsai collection. This is one of D.C.'s favorite hidden cherry blossom destinations—you can stroll serenely through them, while inwardly chuckling at the uninformed hordes sweating it out at the sardined Tidal Basin. They are not exclusively of the sakura variant downtown. Rather, there is an extensive collection of over 30 different flowering cherry trees, making for an excellent scavenger hunt!
    food nearby
  • Queens Botanical Garden

    43-50 Main St
    8AM-6PM daily Apr-Oct, 8AM-4:30PM daily Nov-Mar. Admission is charged Apr-Oct: $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 studens and children over 3, free for children under 3. Free admission for all Nov-Mar. Large garden and arboretum featuring a variety of plants, and also a Victorian-style wedding garden.
    Flushing eat nearby
  • 92 St. Y

    92 St
    and Lexington Av.. A full season of concerts, lectures, and other events takes place here. The Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall is one of the premiere concert halls in the city, and its lecture and concert series feature many well-known groups and individuals. Some fans particularly recommend the chamber music concerts featuring members of the New York Philharmonic. The Y also offers classes in various subjects.
    Carnegie Hill restaurants nearby
  • Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

    Cross Bay Boulevard Queens
    Year Round 8:30AM-5PM. Exhibits on the natural history of the area and an explanation of how this bird sanctuary was created in the 1950's. Bookstore, restrooms, visitor information.
    The Rockaways food nearby
  • El Museo del Barrio

    1230 5th Ave
    Suggested admission $9 adults, $5 students/seniors, free for children under 12. The only US museum devoted to Puerto Rican culture.
    Central Park eat nearby
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