7. Alley Pond Park, Queens
Spanning 636 acres, Alley Pond Park is home to a diverse number of sights. Within the marshy greenery of the park, you can find the oldest and tallest tree in New York City and a Dutch windmill. While the park is home to many secrets, it also offers numerous trails that can help you find your way. An interactive map of the trails featuring points of interest can be found here.
Alley Pond Park is one of many beautiful locations along the western outskirts of Queens. The nearby Little Neck Bay and neighborhood of Douglaston retain a small-town vibe that is unique within the city, making for a splendid weekend escape from the hustle and bustle.