Travel Guide

Queens, New York City 



When Queens became part of New York City in 1898, the borough was mostly rural occupied by farmlands. Urbanization beginning in the early 20th century has changed the borough’s once rural landscape but many of the former farmlands are now public parks. Most visitors to the city are familiar with Central Park in Manhattan but Queens has more parks than any other borough in New York City. There are over 400 parks in Queens, ranging from the small to large public parks totaling more than 7,000 acres (2,800 ha). This does not include the wildlife refuge at Jamaica Bay managed by the National Park Service.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens (New York City)

Flushing Meadows Corona Park by GK tramrunner229

The largest of the urban park in Queens is Flushing Meadows Corona Park covering an area of 897 acres (363 ha), one a half times larger than Central Park. The park offers plenty of recreational activities including hiking, bicycling, boating, playing fields, and playgrounds. Another major park in Queens is Forest Park, featuring a forested area with several scenic trails, popular with joggers, cyclers, and hikers. Cunningham Park has a rolling terrain with large areas of open space and tree covered areas. Kissena Park lies along Kissena Creek and features a small scenic lake, perfect for picnics or just lazing under the sun.

Forest Park, Queens (New York City)

Forest Park by Jim Henderson

Astoria Park is a small urban park overlooking the East River into Upper Manhattan. The park is home to the largest outdoor swimming pool in New York City and admission is free. Within Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the 39-acre (16 ha) Queens Botanical Gardens, comprising of several themed areas including a Bee Garden and Butterfly Garden. Not many visitors expect to find a wildlife refuge located in the the metropolis of New York City. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge features a varied landscape (woodlands to marshlands) and home to a diversity of fauna including migratory birds.

Astoria Park, Queens (New York City)

Astoria Park by Jim Henderson


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