Family-Friendly Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Planetariums, Play Spaces, Amusement Parks, and Carousels in Queens

Family-Friendly Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Planetariums, Play Spaces, Amusement Parks, and Carousels in Queens

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UPDATED November 2018: To us, there is nothing better than spending time with our kids. And what better place to have fun with the family in Queens? From amusement parks and carousels for the thrill seekers, to zoos and aquariums for the animal-lovers, and indoor and outdoor play spaces for last-minute drop-in fun, there are plenty of options in Queens to choose from. And don't forget about day trips and destinations! There are a few venues just a day's drive away that are sure to keep your family entertained for hours. We scoured the borough and found the best family activities in Queens, including locations in Flushing Meadows/Corona Park, Bayside, College Point, and Glendale, as well as in nearby Bergen County, NJ.

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Amusement Parks & Carousels

LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE
354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope, NJ
908-459-9000

The No. 1 Amusement Park in North Jersey is the perfect day trip destination! A magical amusement park and a pirate themed state-of-the-art water park features short lines, free parking, low prices, and awesome family fun. Ride the Scream Machine 360, our Ultimate New Thrill Experience this season! Bring your own food and enjoy our beautiful picnic grove. Safe, wholesome, family atmosphere is just minutes away. Open Memorial Day weekend, then weekends in June. Open daily, 10am-6pm from June 16–Sept. 3. Visit us on Facebook.

WHEEL FUN RENTALS - FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK
Flushing Meadows Corona Park at David Dinkins Circle, Meridian Road
929-343-2366
Flushing Meadows Corona Park at North Meadow Lake
Meadow Lake Road West
917-231-5519
Avenue U and East 33rd Street, Marine Park
917-533-6196
LeFrak Center at Lakeside, 171 East Drive, Prospect Park
718-462-0010
9000 Bay Parkway, Bensonhurst Park
805-650-7770


Rent some fun with Wheel Fun Rentals! Take a spin around the park on our iconic, four-wheel, carriage-style bike called the Surrey. Or feel the splash of the water on a pedal boat. No matter your age or riding ability, there is something for you. Rental products include: specialty cycles, family bikes, two-wheel bikes, bike attachments, pedal boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Product fleet varies by location. Special group rates available for birthday parties and summer camp directors. Convenient locations in Brooklyn and Queens. wheelfunrentals.com, 805-650-7770.

WILD WEST CITY
50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope, NJ
973-347-8900

Come on down to Wild West City-the perfect place for a fun, unique, and educational day trip for all. We have a number of special events and shows that are sure to be hits with the entire family. Wild West City is a western heritage theme park that brings the old west back to life through portrayals of real-life western characters, legendary events, and a frontier town re-creation. Featuring 22 different live action shows throughout the course of the day, we offer visitors the chance to “live” in the old west!

Indoor & Outdoor Play Spaces

BELSHIRE MANOR SWIM & TENNIS CLUB
16-66 Bell Blvd., Bayside
718-939-4888
Email info@ciampaorganization.com

Located at 16-66 Bell Blvd., the Belshire Manor Swim & Tennis Club provides the perfect summertime activities for your whole family. Whether you’re looking to beat the heat, keep the kids busy, relax poolside, or play a game of tennis the Belshire Manor Swim & Tennis Club is the perfect place for you. Full year memberships and daily passes are available. Call, Email or come down to sign up for your membership today.

BOUNCEU OF COLLEGE POINT
132-25 14th Ave., College Point
646-883-JUMP (5867)
Email collegepoint.ny@bounceu.com

BounceU of College Point is "Where Birthdays Come to Life!" We’d love to kick off the summer with you. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or gathering with friends, classmates, teammates, or clubs, we provide the ultimate private party and play experience. We host field trips, school fundraisers, team parties, and of course, amazing birthday parties! We also offer Family Bounce Night and Open Bounce (Preschool, Family, and Cosmic) throughout the week. See our calendar for all open bounce times. Come celebrate with us today!

LASER BOUNCE – FAMILY FUN CENTER
at The Shops at Atlas Park 80-28 Cooper Ave., Glendale
347-599-1919

A hidden gem of an indoor amusement gala, Laser Bounce fuses your vintage arcade with trailblazing, state-of-the-art attractions. Open year-round, seven-days-a-week, this ultimate 21st century playground features, among others, Hologate, an impressive virtual reality adventure, and Mini Rider, a piercingly vivid 3D motion simulator. Divvy up the action with the whole family, as the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Walking Dead games amplify the escapism of Laser Bounce's entree, the jumbo-sized Laser Tag Arena. Birthday parties offered at the Glendale location.

WHEEL FUN RENTALS - FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK
Flushing Meadows Corona Park at David Dinkins Circle, Meridian Road
929-343-2366
Flushing Meadows Corona Park at North Meadow Lake
Meadow Lake Road West
917-231-5519
Avenue U and East 33rd Street, Marine Park
917-533-6196
LeFrak Center at Lakeside, 171 East Drive, Prospect Park
718-462-0010
9000 Bay Parkway, Bensonhurst Park
805-650-7770


Rent some fun with Wheel Fun Rentals! Take a spin around the park on our iconic, four-wheel, carriage-style bike called the Surrey. Or feel the splash of the water on a pedal boat. No matter your age or riding ability, there is something for you. Rental products include: specialty cycles, family bikes, two-wheel bikes, bike attachments, pedal boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Product fleet varies by location. Special group rates available for birthday parties and summer camp directors. Convenient locations in Brooklyn and Queens. wheelfunrentals.com, 805-650-7770.

Museums & Planetariums

BOWNE HOUSE (THE)
37-01 Bowne St., Flushing
718-359-0528
Email office@bownehouse.org

The 1661 Bowne House in Flushing offers guided tours for individuals and school programs for kindergarten-12th grade. School tours meet New York State and New York City learning standards, and are aligned with NYC Social Studies Scope and Sequence. Tours include: Bowne House and Colonial Life in New York; Objects from the Past–an Archaeological Exploration; John Bowne, the Flushing Remonstrance and Freedom of Expression in Queens; and Bowne House on the Go–specialized tour for schools unable to travel to the museum. Group tours by appointment, other tours Wednesdays 1-4pm.

Travel & Destinations

INN AT EAST HILL FARM (THE)
460 Monadnock St., Troy
800-242-6495
Email info@east-hill-farm.com

The Inn at East Hill Farm is an award-winning family farm vacation resort that is open year-round. Guests enjoy hands-on time with farm animals, milking the cow or goat, collecting chicken eggs, horseback riding, patting the bunnies, making butter and cheese, and helping with barn chores. Resort amenities include a children's recreation program, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hiking, tennis, shuffleboard, basketball, water-skiing (July and August only), boating, cross country skiing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice skating. Rates include three home-cooked meals daily, and a bottomless cookie jar!


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