Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main St., Flushing
The Queens Botanical Garden is a gorgeous getaway from the borough’s concrete backdrop. Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the five-acre exhibit of exotic and domestic plant life was first unveiled at the 1939 World’s Fair. Known then as “Gardens on Parade,” the showcase wowed and impressed the world. After residents fought to keep the garden open and helped expand on its original size six years later, it was relaunched as the Queens Botanical Garden Society, and relocated to its current location in 1961.
The borough’s premiere botanical garden hosts numerous programs and educational tools for kids, ages 2 through 15, adults and teachers, who incorporate the natural oasis into their lessons. The botanical garden is also one of the cheapest ways to have fun in the city, with free admission during the off-peak months of November through March.
During the spring and summer, adult tickets cost $6, while seniors and students with a valid ID get into the garden for $4. Tickets for kids between the ages of 4 and 12 cost $2, while infants and toddlers can see the beauty of the botanical garden at no charge year-round.