Standing in the lush grass of this park, you'd never imagine that it was once a swamp and dumping ground. But the gleaming Unisphere (an enormous 140-foot-high steel globe) might tip you off that this 897-acre park was also the site of two World's Fairs. Take advantage of the park's barbecue pits and sports fields, but also don't forget that there's an art museum, a petting zoo, golf and minigolf, and even a model-plane field. There's way too much to see here to pack into
a day, so aim to hit a few primary spots, noting that while several are clustered together on the northwest side of the park, visitors should be prepared for long peaceful walks in between. The flat grounds are ideal for family biking; rent bikes near the park entrance or Meadow Lake from March to October. Although the park is great in daytime, avoid visiting once it gets dark; there has been some crime in this area.
Between 111th St./Grand Central Pkwy. and Van Wyck Expressway at 44th Ave., Queens, New York, 11368, United States