When people think about visiting New York City, they often conclude that Manhattan is the epicenter of everything that is happening. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. NYC is comprised of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens. Every borough has its own distinctive flavor and wealth of things to do. Queens, the largest and third most populated borough, is one of NYC’s most overlooked and underrated places. If you get the chance to check out the city, do not forget to put Queens on your stop list. There are many things to do in Queens, the aptly named regal jewel of NYC.


Louis Armstrong House Museum

“What a Wonderful World” is one of the century’s greatest songs. It is no wonder that its singer/composer’s personal museum is in Queens. In fact, for the remaining 28 years of his life, Louis Armstrong lived in Corona, Queens. Tour guides will spend 40 minutes taking you through Satchmo’s house, inviting you to feel his inspirations while having a close and personal view of his daily habitat. If you are a fan of jazz music, particularly of Satchmo, you will absolutely adore this tour. It is rare to get so close to a legend, but this beautiful house in Queens certainly gives you that chance.

Louis Armstrong House Museum in Astoria, Queens, New York City

Queens Botanical Garden

Here you will find 39 acres of pure tended beauty and bliss. Roses and herbs drape the Queens Botanical Garden, filling the air with exquisite fragrances. This garden also has a wonderful arboretum that you can see. This garden is true to the spirit of ‘green’; solar energy is used to maintain the garden and recycled rainwater helps keep it growing. The garden’s flowers are carefully picked to encourage bird and bee visitors, natural assistants to plant growth. If you have an afternoon to spend in paradise, put the Queens Botanical Garden on your list of things to do in Queens.

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Zoo

Who does not love spending some time at the zoo? Well, it is a good thing that Queens can offer that to you, too! The Queens Zoo is perfectly sized to show you the wonder of its animals without wearing you out. Mountain lions, bears, deer and bald eagles reside in this 11-acre animal sanctuary. The associated petting zoo across the street adds to your zoo-going experience. This is a wonderful family-friendly activity to add to the list of things to do in Queens.

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Queens Zoo

The Queens Zoo has 5 acre and is located in the New York City borough of Queens.

Citi Field

If you are a baseball fan, taking a trip to Citi Field should be at the top of your list! Home to the New York Mets, this newly built stadium is a state-of-the-art facility that now includes batting cages and its own wiffle ball field. The food court is not just any food court; where else can you find burgers sharing space with lobster rolls?

A portion of the new stadium is dedicated to Jackie Robinson in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. You do not have to be a Met fan to appreciate Robinson’s historic achievements in both baseball and race relations in the U.S. Take in a game or two, or just stop by for a visit. Citi Field has a little bit of something for every baseball fan.

Citi Field, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Kick off your shoes and run through the grass at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The 140-foot Unisphere will stop you in your tracks as you take in the wondrous centerpiece that once graced World Fairs. You can play golf or even fly model planes in this vast park. There are places to barbecue if you want to make a picnic out of it, too!

Make no mistake. Queens is full of fun and interesting activities. If you are looking to make your way to NYC, dedicate a day to this stately borough. There are tons of things to do in Queens and you will not regret your visit!