Manhattan has the Empire State Building and Brooklyn has the bridge. The Bronx has Yankee Stadium and Staten Island has its famous ferry, yet of the five boroughs, Queens often gets overlooked when it comes to signature and unique attractions. However, this isn’t because Queens lacks noteworthy places. It’s just a bit more off the beaten path, beckoning travelers to visit, but ultimately ending up as an afterthought compared to NYC’s biggest landmarks. Still, adventurous travelers owe it to themselves to visit the largest New York borough. On your visit, make sure to check out these amazing Queens attractions.
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Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
If you were to visit only one spot in Queens, make sure it’s Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, or better known to locals as Flushing Meadows. This park has many of Queens’ most famous and popular attractions including the iconic Unisphere. Constructed for the 1964 World’s Fair, this giant globe sculpture is perhaps the most photographed spot in the borough, and when the fountains are on during the summer, it’s truly a spectacle to behold.
Once you’ve soaked up the sights and sounds around the Unisphere, you can also explore other remnants from the World’s Fair, including several spaceship-like towers featured in “Men in Black.” Other attractions on the park grounds include the Queens Zoo, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum, the Queens Theatre, Citi Field, and the Fantasy Forest Amusement Park. With enough attractions for a few days or a week, a hotel near Flushing Meadows is a no-brainer.
Houdini could escape from ropes and chains throughout his life, but he couldn’t escape his own death, passing away in 1926 from a ruptured appendix caused by repeated blows from an assailant. After a funeral with over 2,000 attendees, Houdini’s body was interred in Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, yet the story doesn’t end there.
According to Houdini’s wife, Bess, Houdini was a firm believer of communicating from beyond the grave, urging his wife and others to conduct a seance near his burial site each Halloween. While you may not be able to conjure up his spirit, the grave, including his bust, is an excellent photo op and a must-visit for any aspiring magician or magic fan.
Steinway Piano Factory
If you ever played a piano as a kid, you know the name Steinway. Started in New York City in 1853, this piano company produces some of the world’s best pianos, coveted for not only their craftsmanship, but also their rich, vibrant sound. The key to these pianos stems from over 126 patents over the years and the 200-year-old machines that are still used to steam and bend wood and produce other piano components. Free guided tours are available every Tuesday, and if you’re an ivory tickler, you can’t afford to miss the opportunity.
With graves, pianos, culture, and parks, Queens has a little something for every type of interest imaginable. The only thing it’s really missing is you. Get out and explore today to see what puts Queens in a realm all its own.