Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is one of NYC’s best-kept secrets. Most visitors to New York only catch a quick glimpse of the park while riding in a cab from JFK Airport to Manhattan, but we believe it’s a must-see NYC site!
THE WORLD COMES TO FLUSHING
Situated in the Queens district of New York, Flushing Meadows Park was home to both the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.
For the 1939 event, America was emerging from the Great Depression, and in an effort to boost business in the Big Apple, a group of New York businessmen got together and decided to create the international exposition. Over 44 million people attended the 1939 World’s Fair, which was the first exposition to be based on the future! The slogan was “Dawn of a New Day,” allowing visitors to peer into “the world of tomorrow.”
The doors opened on April 30th, 1939 and, funnily enough, this was also the anniversary of the date George Washington took his oath of office to become the very first president of the constitutional United States. On opening day, over 200,000 people got to witness the television being introduced to the general public and Albert Einstein giving a speech on cosmic rays! It was certainly a day to remember.
The 1964 World’s Fair was no less eventful. The famous Unisphere (the enormous stainless steel representation of the Earth in Flushing Meadows park) is a remnant leftover from the 1964 fair. This giant globe was dedicated to “Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe.” The three rings encompassing the structure are believed to represent the paths of Yuri Gagarin (the first man in space), John Glenn (the first American to orbit the earth), and Telstar (the first active communications satellite). The Unisphere has become a bit of a movie star, having been featured in movies such as Person of Interest, Black Rain, and Men in Black.
A Family-Friendly Location!
Flushing Meadows Park is one of the most family-friendly parks in New York City! Whether you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids, or a great first date idea, check out Flushing Meadows miniature golf! The Flushing Meadows putt putt course features 18 holes and is absolutely beautiful. It’s more of an idyllic mini version of a classic professional golf course than what you’d normally see at your typical silly putt putt golf locations. The course is open year-round and is well-lit for a round at night!
The Flushing Meadows Park pool is located in the Natatorium(opens in a new tab). The Natatorium was originally built as part of NYC’s bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, and features both an Olympic-sized swimming pool and an ice skating rink! Whether you want to go swimming or skating with your family, the Natatorium has you covered. If you prefer to stay above water, check out the kayak and pedal boat rentals(opens in a new tab) on North Meadow Lake during the summer!
Queens features one of the largest Asian populations in New York City. In fact, many locals call it NYC’s “real” Chinatown. The neighborhood is also the fourth-largest commercial district in NYC, and features the third busiest intersection behind Times Square and Herald Square! But as you can perhaps imagine, delicious and affordable food is abundant.
We recommend you check out Rolls Rice(opens in a new tab) (a short walk from Flushing Meadows) for a unique spin on traditional rice rolls. Each roll is named for a different Asian airport, and features enticing flavor combinations you won’t find anywhere else! For dessert, head to Happy Lemon(opens in a new tab) and get strawberry cheese tea. Cheese tea sounds like a very unlikely combination, but it will change your life with delightful flavors dancing about your taste buds!
If you have any time left, explore the Shops at Skyview Center(opens in a new tab). This is a mall featuring several outlet stores. If you’re looking for a great deal on sneakers, the Nike store and Converse outlet located within the Shops at Skyview Center are the places to go.
The best way to experience Flushing Meadows Corona Park is to take a tour. Your guide will be able to unveil all the history, point you towards fun activities, and help you find the neighborhood’s best food. Contact us today for all the details!(opens in a new tab)