Astoria Queens has quickly risen through the ranks to become the borough’s hottest, most up-and-coming neighborhood. Located along the East River in northern Queens, Astoria has recently seen an influx of trendy restaurants, bars, art galleries and more. Come visit this popular neighborhood to enjoy all of the amazing ways to spend a sunny summer day.
The Perfect Astoria Queens Attractions for Summer 2017
Socrates Sculpture Park
New York City has long been known for its outstanding art museums and galleries. It seems that this trend has even spread to boroughs like Queens, specifically Astoria. Here you’ll find the Socrates Sculpture Park, the crown jewel of the Queens’ art scene, and some of the best views of the East River.
The park, which is free and open to the public daily, features several exhibits, sculptures and multimedia installations. Currently, Nari Ward, open through September 4, and Eva Jensen Design, open through October 28, have exhibitions on display.
What to Expect
Aside from breathtaking installations, the Socrates Sculpture Park also regularly hosts events like free yoga classes, farmers markets and all kinds of music and dance entertainment.
Astoria Park has long been an integral part of Queens’ history. Once a Native American settlement, the land fell under ownership of the city and it was turned into almost 60-acres of open land along the East River waterfront.
It’s mainly known for its huge swimming pool, the biggest and oldest in the city, which has hosted Summer Olympics qualifying events throughout the 1900s. However, the park also features great amenities and attractions like:
- Fitness equipment
- Skate parks
- Tennis courts
- Bocce courts
If you get hungry on your visit, they have plenty of snack bars and food trucks that will satisfy any appetite. There’s tons of benches and open seating areas for those looking to relax and enjoy the sweeping views of Manhattan.
They also host plenty of great summer events like outdoor movies on the waterfront every Monday night at 8:30 p.m., starting July 24.
Most Saturdays this summer, you can join the NYRR Open Run at Astoria Park, which welcomes runners of all skill levels, walkers, strollers and especially dogs. Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. through mid-September, they host Pilates classes, too!
Unlike many other parks, Astoria Park even offers free Wi-Fi hot spots throughout. It’s also the home to the enormous Hell Gate Bridge, which was once the longest steel arch bridge in the world. Nowadays, it serves as the main conduit for train traffic between New York City and New England.
If you find yourself in Astoria Queens sometime soon, you need to make it a priority to check out these amazing, one-of-a-kind attractions!