QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN43-50 Main St New York NY 11355
Sometimes a city kid just needs some space to scamper. The Queens Botanical Garden has room aplenty to stretch little legs, and it’s a great destination for a family outing. Start off exploring the broad meadow, which has a long stretch of green that will dazzle urban eyes. From there, winding paths lead little ones onto colorful gardens. Stop and smell the roses, or check out the popping colors on the annual and perennial beds. Floral scents fill the air, and the soundtrack is birdsong, making it a special treat for any visually-impaired members of the family. Breezes from the arboretum will have you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Get your kids engaged with nature. In the bee garden, show them how honey is made by pointing out one of the see-through hives. Discreet signs on the grounds work as tip sheets, providing background information for moms and dads to do a little enlightening. The state-of-the-art visitor center has a “living roof” integrated into the gardens, so you show your kids how life may look in a greener future. Keep your Facebook feed fresh with the many photo ops: by fountains, or ducks, or framed by blossoms. If your kids really get hooked on the place, there’s a Children’s Garden built just for them. Sign up for a course and they’ll be learning more as they plant and harvest. They’ll even get a chance to cook, so you might actually get to see them eat their veggies for once.
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