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10 Free Things To Do In Queens


I've gotten some good remarks about my previous post 10 Free Places To Visit In NYC Today, so I decided to write one on Queens! This is just the tip of the ice burg so there will be other venues in the future. I've been to all these below venues and have enjoyed my time at each one, I hope you will enjoy your time at these venues as well.

  1. Flushing Library - Find Books, movies, comics, video games, free wifi and many other services available free to the public.
  2. Flushing Meadows Corona Park - It's not quite Central Park, though you will find many activities at this park - especially during the summer! It's a very large park, that's why I've also included several related venues on this list.
  3. Playground For All Children - This playground is located at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, near the Queens Zoo! It features some unique musical instruments not seen in any other playgrounds I've been to. It truly is a playground for all children - of all ages!
  4. Queens Botanical Garden - One of the smaller Botanical Gardens in NYC, you can stroll through most of it in about an hour or two. Worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood, it was recently renovated and includes many environmental friendly features.
  5. Astoria Park and Swimming Pool - Astoria Park is one of my favorite water front parks in Queens. The Astoria Pool is a pool that meets Olympic standards! So come by in the summer!
  6. Socrates Sculpture Park - From landfill to public exhibition, this is a must see! Many events are featured at this park, including outdoor movies. It is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale work in a unique environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. This means you are welcome to touch the art!
  7. P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center - Located in LIC, and part of MoMA, it was once a public school - thus the name. It's a museum solely devoted to contemporary art! This one isn't exactly free, but like MoMA, it has a "suggested admission" of $5 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. This means you can pay what you want! The suggested price is not much to pay.
  8. Flushing Chinatown - take a stroll through this neighborhood and you may think you are in China! This is said to be larger than the "original" Chinatown in lower Manhattan. You'll find some of the best Chinese food in this neighborhood, and it's cheap! A stroll is free!
  9. Flushing Townhall - While you're in Flushing, visit the old townhall! It is a landmark and include a 340-seat state of the art concert hall/theater, three museum quality galleries, a classroom, offices, a garden that accommodates up to 500 people for outdoor events, and a visitors' center.
  10. Little India - Visit little India in Jackson Heights. You'll find many great Indian restaurants, and its very easy to get there. Take the 7, E, F, G, V or R trains to 74th Street and Roosevelt Ave.
That's it for now. Hope you like this list. Let us know how you enjoy these free things to do in Queens.

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LisaNewton said...

I love free stuff. If I visit Queens, I'll be sure to print this valuable list out. :)

FrugalNYC said...

Hi Lisa,

Free is good ;) I've got a follow-up to this list next week. You might like that as well :)

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Queens Botanical is no longer free for the most part:


FrugalNYC said...

Hi Anonymous,

An unfortunate result of economic slowdown. At this rate, we are going to lose a lot more services. Library hours are cut back, WCS (bronx Zoo, NY Aquarium) is getting cut backs and many others...

We'll have to make due and support those institutions closest to our hearts. Hopefully some rich folks will be generous enough to donate as well, like how the NYPL go the 100M.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the list, however, you forgot about the shopping area in woodhaven on jamaica ave and the shopping area in jamaica at jamaica center.....

FrugalNYC said...

Hi Anonymous,

You're right. Though, I have not been to that area in a very long time. Quite a good number of shopping malls / areas in Queens have popped up in the past couple of years. Thanks for stopping by!

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