Queens – Exploring Queens on a Budget

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If you’re visiting Queens, New York, you may want to splurge on one thing but save your pennies for another—and that’s just fine. With cheap airport and city parking, you can pinch your pennies by reserving parking through On Air Parking, so you can splurge on the things that really matter. In this list, we’ll cover a few fun, unique options for things to do in Queens, including places to eat and attractions to engage in.

Visit Houdini’s Grave

This is a free attraction, and a bit on the funky side, but you can visit the grave of ever-famous escape artist Houdini in Machpelah Cemetery, located in Queens, New York. His grave is home amongst other members of the Weiss family, leading up to a monument of a granite bench where a woman figure stoops in mourning. There was a recently-replaced (as of 2011) bust of Houdini, and it’s believed to be the sole graven image found in this Jewish cemetery.

The Underground Home

This is a stunningly, perhaps excessively luxurious, 12,000 square foot home that was built in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 1960s. It was built fifteen feet deep in the ground, home underneath Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Unfortunately, you can’t visit the home, but it is something you can get close to by visiting the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which is home to the remnants of the World’s Fair. Admission to the park is free, as it’s a public park, and their facilities include barbecuing areas, dog-friendly areas, places you can fish, indoor pools, and more.

Louis Armstrong House

You can visit the Louis Armstrong House, which is open for tours by advance registration Thursdays through Saturdays. It includes a variety of collections including the Louis Armstrong collection, The Satchmo collection, the Institutional History collection, and more. Adult tickets are $20, seniors (65 and over) are $14, students (with valid ID) are $14, same with military/veterans and visitors with disabilities. Corona residents can enter for $5, and children under 6 are free. You can take a look at their full fees and pricing online.

Queens Botanical Garden

You can visit the Queens Botanical Garden, which features their Helen and Martin Kaltman Fragrance Walk, a Circle Garden, the Wetland & Woodland Garden with The Fred Gerber Woodland Walk, and a Magnolia Walk, along with more like an Herb Garden, Bee Garden, and an arboretum/Crabapple Grove. Adults are admitted for $6, seniors (62 and up) are $4, students with ID are $4, children (age 4-12) are $2, and children (3 and younger) are free. Operation hours fluctuate, so be sure to keep an eye out for those changes.

Diner Bar

If you’re looking for a chic, stylish diner serving classic American eats for brunch, lunch, dinner, and late at night, with a full bar, look no further than Diner Bar. With 4.4 stars on Google Reviews (and over 1.4 thousand reviews making it that way.), you can rest assured that their food lives up to the hype. Menu options include a brunch menu, which features egg specialties, salads, sandwiches, and burgers, a dinner menu, which has appetizers like jumbo lump crab cakes and truffle mac & cheese bites, entrees like roasted salmon or fajitas, and a burger they named Juicy Lucy.

Remember that you can reserve your parking online with On Air Parking, for both the airports and cities across the United States. Reservations can be canceled with no additional fees up to the start date of your reservation. If you have questions, you can contact customer service Monday through Friday, 10am to 7pm ET, by calling 888-487-2754 or texting 424-532-8940.