Poets House

The center devoted solely to poetry holds readings, conversations, workshops and exhibitions throughout the year. The library contains more than 60,000 volumes, which are available to read in-house. The children’s room offers young ones the opportunity to experience poetry first-hand, either through readings and performances by noted poets and actors or by composing their own poems on old-faxhioned but fully functioning manual typewriters.

Hours: Tu–F 11 am–7 pm, Sat 11 am–6 pm. Children’s room: Th-Sa 11 am-5 pm

Admission: Free

Promenade at Brooklyn Bridge Park

A serene footpath on the Brooklyn shore of the East River offers spectacular views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.

Prospect Park

Some might say Prospect Park is to Brooklyn what Central Park is to Manhattan. And, the comparison is pretty spot-on. BK’s largest park—coming in at 585 acres—was even designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same landscape architecture team behind Central Park.

Prospect Park Zoo

The zoo’s 12 acres contain an interactive discovery center, sea lion feedings and more than 125 species. Thru Nov. 1, 2015: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $8 adults, $6 seniors (65+), $5 ages 3-12, under 3 free.

Queens Botanical Garden

More than 39 acres of plant life take center stage at this luxurious garden, originally an exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair. Apr. 1-Oct. 31: Tues-Sun 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 1-Mar. 31: Tues-Sun 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Apr.-Oct.: $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children over 3. Free Wed 3-6 p.m., Sun 4-6 p.m. and Nov. 1-Mar. 31.


Queens County Farm Museum

Dating back to 1697 and at 47 acres, this is New York City’s largest remaining tract of farmland and the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. Featured are livestock, gardens, fields, an orchard and more. Tractor-drawn hay rides (seasonal: Apr.-Oct.) and free guided tours of the farmhouse are available on weekends.

Hours: Daily 10 am-5 pm

Admission: Free

Queens Museum

Exhibitions and programs relating to contemporary urban life. One of the main attractions here is the Panorama of New York City, a 10,000-square-foot three-dimensional scale rendering of the city’s five boroughs. Conceived for the 1965 World’s Fair, the panorama offers exquisite detail and scope.

Hours: W-Su 11 am-5 pm

Suggested admission: $8 adults, $4 seniors/students, children under 18 free

Queens Zoo

Nearly 70 species of animals roam freely in naturalistic habitats here, where a barnyard, aviary, sea lion pool, waterfowl marsh and bear spectacle exhibition enthrall visitors. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $8 adults, $6 seniors (65+), $5 ages 3-12, under 3 free.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square

The NYC outpost of this famed “odditorium” presents such unusual displays as shrunken heads and decorated skulls. Among the interactive attractions is The Black Hole.

Standard Hours: Daily 9 am-1 am (with exceptions)

Admission: $32 adults, $24 children 4-12, age 4 and under free

Riverbank State Park

This 28-acre, multilevel park is about 70 feet above the Hudson River, and boasts an Olympic-size swimming pool, a covered skating rink, running track, amphitheater and two playgrounds. Basketball, tennis and paddleball courts, as well as softball and soccer fields are also available. Daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m. (Hours are subject to change, so call before arrival.) Prices vary by activity.


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