2. Queens Botanical Garden

The Queens Botanical Garden as we know it today evolved from the “Gardens on Parade” exhibit showcased at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. It moved to its current location, at the northeast corner of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, in 1961 and has since grown to a 39-acre oasis of blooming plant life. You can still see cedars from the 1939 fair today. The historic trees frame the iconic tree gate sculpture at the Garden’s Main Street entrance.

The Queens Botanical Garden is open to the public with new limited operating hours that are subject to change. Guests must wear a mask or face covering and maintain a six-foot distance while in the gardens. There are multiple hand sanitizing stations for visitors to use throughout the site, high touch surfaces are routinely sanitized throughout the day, and the garden is trying to reduce the use of paper materials, so check out a map online.