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Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has so much to see and do

People cool off in the fountains under the

People cool off in the fountains under the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Photo Credit: Michael Falco

You should visit Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens. There are many things to do, such as visit the museums, ride a bike, or even go to the Queens Zoo. You know this park, it is the one with the giant Unisphere from the 1964 World’s Fair and it is right next door to Citi Field.

The Queens Zoo has many animals such as seals, a variety of birds, and across from it is a petting zoo, where you can feed and touch farm animals such as goats, sheep and llamas. You can also see bunnies, chickens and cows.

At the zoo’s big aviary you’ll see multiple birds, like macaws, bobwhite quail, cattle egret and many more. Then there are all the animals, such as alligators, turtles, owls, longhorn bulls and more. Also along the animal trail there is a section where you can learn about how eagles are an endangered species. There is also a bird-themed migration playground.

The New York Hall of Science is a good place because this year they have added new exhibits such as the virtual world “Connected Worlds,” and an arts and crafts section. In “Connected Worlds,” you are to plant and take care of habitats — jungle, wetlands, mountains, valley, desert, plains, and a water source called the reservoir. Each habitat has its own unique plants and you can interact with animals.

I enjoyed this exhibit because it was fun to interact with the creatures and planting the seeds was fun and the mystery of the seed is cool.

In the art area you take your favorite thing you like in art and combine it with science and you can make educational art. Every month there is a new theme. Another theme was shadow puppets. For this one you need your imagination.

The top floor is the sports room. This floor combines everyday sports and shows you how it works with science. I liked the reflex race car because it showed me how race car drivers use their fast reflexes. I also liked the balance surf board because it tests your balance. Another activity I enjoyed in the sports room was the batting cage, which shows how the effects of different sizes of balls that get pitched. Also, the bike-powered fan was cool.

I enjoyed this section a lot because of all the interactive things like the Mars rover, where you can try to pick up space rocks yourself.

Besides the zoo and museum, you can also ride your bike over the highway, play baseball, and there is an open field to do what you want. While I was there, I walked around and throughout the park are trees and there were even cherry blossom trees that Japan gave us and they are still there, and they are beautiful when in bloom. There is open space and you can have a picnic. This place also holds a lot of history because Flushing Meadows-Corona Park hosted the World’s Fair. People from all over the world came to Flushing Meadows and it was one of the largest international exhibits.

If you want, bring your skateboard to the skatepark. You can also visit Meadow Lake and rent a boat for even more fun. For more info visit: and search for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.


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