Now that summer is winding down and fall is starting to make its appearance, I decided to share some of my favorite places we were able to visit this summer.
- Roosevelt Island – Roosevelt Island is located in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. Shortly after we moved to NYC, we had some friends tell us about the Roosevelt Island Tram which takes you from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan. With the fare being a free subway transfer or simply the cost of a ride on the subway, this is an inexpensive way to take in some unique views of the city. On the southern tip of Roosevelt Island there is a cute, little park (with nice water fountains and decent public restrooms, FYI), a tree-lined walkway along the water, and a lookout point at the very tip of the Island where you can get great Manhattan and Queens city views.
- The Bethesda Fountain – Located in the central portion of Central Park, the Bethesda Fountain is by far one of my favorite spots in NYC. Between the street performers and incredible architecture, there always seems to be something new to see no matter how many times you visit.
- Top of the Rock – This tourist attraction offering stunning views of NYC, especially of the Empire State Building, is located on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors of the Rockefeller Center. Tickets do cost $34 for an adult, but it is definitely worth paying for the experience at least once!
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Home to the iconic Unisphere, this 1,255 acre park is nothing short of impressive. Between the vast amount of green space and the many attractions — including the Queens Museum, Arthur Ashe Stadium, and the Queens Botanical Garden, to name a few — there is never a shortage of things to do and see. A favorite event of ours is the Queens International Night Market held every Saturday (in the summer) from 6 PM – Midnight. This is a great place to try new foods, hear live music, and learn about the many different cultures that make up NYC.
- Jones Beach – OK, I know this one isn’t technically within the city limits, but since it’s less than an hour drive from where we are in Queens, I thought I would throw it in the mix. Taking a break from city life is a necessity, so being able to take a day to relax at the beach was definitely a highlight of the summer for us.