Places to Cool Down for the Summer Around Queens, NY
Between Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island, a borough of over two million stands proudly. Queens. Noted astronomically for its variety in cuisine, diversity describes many facets of Queens’ character, from industry to the backgrounds of its residents, to the activities and events that unfold each day. If you’re spending summer in and around this unique borough, read on for some of our favorite ways to pass the summertime in Queens.
Rockaway Beach Jet Ski Tours
For the more adventurous visitors, look past the double decker buses, subway, or observation decks, and take control directly on a jet ski tour. This is a unique and fun way to both beat the summertime heat and see so much of the city, on a variety of guided tours that will take the family past some of the biggest landmarks in not only Queens, but Brooklyn and Manhattan too.
Before heading off to an indulgent dinner at home cooked up by family or at one of the many talented establishments around Queens, a sunset cruise is a great addition to any summer plans here in Queens. This is a great opportunity to see Queens and New York from the water while enjoying the warm wind and colors of the sunset, and also serves as a wonderful photo opportunity with the city as a backdrop.
Away from the water is the esteemed Queens Museum celebrating New York City and Queens’ heritage with the World’s Fair, an art museum with an emphasis on outreach and education. Over six thousand items of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs are on display here, giving a rare glimpse into the tradition of the older World’s Fairs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A collection paying homage to the local invention of Tiffany glass is also on display, where over three hundred thousand pieces of glass are on display for artists, glass blowers, and the public alike. Also present is the famous continually updating panorama of the City of New York, a true 1:1200 scale replica of New York City.
New York Hall of Science
As one of the few surviving relics of the 1964 World’s Fair today, the New York Hall of Science is a center of interactive, hands-on learning. “Don’t call us a museum” is a quote on their website, and that seems to reflect their approach to getting visitors involved in the learning experience. Some of the unique interactive opportunities at the New York Hall of Science include stepping inside a deep sea vehicle, examining the brains and cognition of different animal species, a challenging arts and crafts approach, and an introspective journey through happiness. Aside from these, there is also a rocket park celebrating the vehicles of the space race, and a fun space-themed mini-golf course. This is a great family-friendly and indoors activity away from the turbulent summer weather, meaning rain or shine, you can count on this item in your itinerary to stay open.
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