As I was looking for things to explore in NYC I came across the area where the 1964 World’s Fair was in Queens.
The fair’s motto was, “Peace through Understanding.” There were over 51,000,000,000 people that attended it. That is a lot of people that visited.
I thought it would be a great way to spend the day without having to spend any money. We took the 7 from Times Square and it takes you to the closest subway stop to Flushing Medows (the name of the park).
Be AWARE there is a lot of walking. It is almost a mile there and back to the subway. So if you are taking the metro you will have to walk a little bit of a distance before you make it to the Flushing Medows park. There is also quite a bit of construction going on at Tennis Courts on the way there. So you might have to go around.
There is a Museum that is at the front of the property. The building is called the New York Pavillions and It was apart of the 1939 World’s Fair that was on the same grounds. We didn’t go in. It cost to go inside, but we opted out of going. I actually don’t think it was open because we went on a Monday and there are a lot of museums in NYC that are closed on Mondays. But, the park is open and it is free.
You can walk around the museum building and you see the Unisphere which was the main attraction at the Worlds Fair. It also has been a part of several movies including Men in Black.
It is huge. I really didn’t realize how huge it would be.
It is so beautiful and powerful. No wonder so many people came to see it 51 years ago.
There were also a few sculptures and artisan instalments around the grounds.
On the grounds, there are still a few other buildings that were built for the world’s fair that are still there.
The towers are massive. But they are basically blocked off. I wish we would have been able to explore them, but they are a part of a musical theater that is on the grounds.
Here are a few pictures from the World’s Fair.
If you continue walking towards the zoo there is a little fair area. The tickets are $1.00 a piece and every ride but two cost 3 tickets and the other two rides cost 4 tickets. It really isn’t a bad price considering the park is FREE.
This carasoul was from the world’s fair. It is 3 tickets. My son Loved it.
The train is 3 tickets.
My son Loved it!
The end of the walk.
I would say check the park out if you have time. There is a lot of space for kids to be able to just run. Which is what they much rather do more than anything else. It is a way to relax and spend by the Unisphere or exploring the grounds.