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.

Riverside Park

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted on a verdant hillside overlooking the Hudson River, this four mile stretch of land along the West Side includes baseball and softball fields, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds and more. Ulysses S. Grant’s tomb is also located here. 

Rockefeller Center

Famous for its gilded statue of Prometheus and home of NBC-TV studios and Radio City Music Hall, this Midtown Art Deco landmark spans approximately 22 acres and includes commercial office buildings, restaurants, a seasonal ice-skating rink, Top of the Rock Observation Deck and more than 100 shops for men, women and children.

Rose Center for Earth and Space

Home to the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater, Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway, Cullman Hall of the Universe and Scales of the Universe Walkway.

Hours: Daily 10 am-5:45 pm

Museum Admission: Suggested $22 adults, $17 seniors/students, $12.50 children 2-12

Museum & Space Show Admission: $27 adults, $22 seniors/students, $16 children 2-12

Rubin Museum of Art

Paintings, books, artifacts, textiles and more from the Himalayas and the surrounding regions, including Nepal, Bhutan, India, China and Mongolia. Featured events include jazz and acoustic concerts, lectures and film series.

Hours: M & Th 11 am-5 pm, W 11 am-9 pm, F 11 am-10 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-6 pm

Admission: $15 adults, $10 seniors (65+)/students, children under 12, F 6-10 pm and seniors (65+) first M of the month free.

Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America

A wide range of programs and exhibitions featuring visual arts, music and literature from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Hours: Tu-Sa noon-6 pm, W noon-7 pm


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

This division of the New York Public Library specializes in art, books and artifacts relating to African-American, African Diaspora and African experiences.

Hours: M, F-Sa 10 am-6 pm, Tu-Th 10 am-8 pm, Sa 10 am-5 pm

Admission: Free


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