Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

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Give the city’s second-biggest park a day and it’ll show you the world: Its most enduring icon is the Unisphere, the mammoth steel globe created for the 1964 World’s Fair. But there’s also first-rate culture and sports at the New York Hall of Science, Arthur Ashe Stadium and Citi Field (depending on how the Mets are doing). The rolling green fields also encompass a zoo, a boating lake, a skate park, a barbecue area, playfields, and a $66 million aquatic and hockey center. Last summer, wetland plants such as swamp azalea and swamp milkweed were added to better handle the park’s water runoff, improving the catch-and-release fishing in Meadow Lake.

Venue name: Flushing Meadows–Corona Park
Address: Grand Central Pkwy to Van Wyck Expwy between Roosevelt Ave and Robinson Pkwy

Transport: Subway: 7 to Mets–Willets Pt
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Hand's up, what NY State Park includes the following: a major league baseball stadium, a global tennis center, an ice skating rink, a subway line, an 18 hole pitch and putt golf course, a museum, a zoo, a swim center, and a science center, among other things?  The answer is, of course, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.  Stretching from LaGuardia Airport, yes there is an international airport too, to Forest Hills, this park has something for everyone.  For a few extra dollars, you can also rent bikes, paddle boats, or kayaks to enjoy on Meadow Lake. If you're taking out a boat, beware of the dragon boats as they move quick and may cross your leisurely path.  Bike along Jamaica Bay and stop to watch flights arriving and departing LGA.  There also is a ferry available when the Mets are in town. Don't forget to visit the giant Unisphere, one of the few remaining sculptures from the 1964 World's Fair. Yes, the park hosted that too.