The Top 5 Things To Do This Summer in Greater Queens

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At Farenga Funeral Home, we have been a part of Greater Queens for decades. We’re the funeral home our neighbors know and trust. Our owner, Gus Antonopolous, was born and raised right here in Astoria, and our roots couldn’t go any deeper here. We love New York City as much as you do, and we might be a little biased, but we think we live in the greatest city on earth. It is one of the most diverse areas in the world, with over 800 languages spoken on our streets. This richness in culture and tradition make it a wonderful place both to live and to visit – many of you probably have friends and family coming in for the summer! Of course, sometimes as locals, we can get so busy, we don’t make time to take in the sights. It’s easy to take some things for granted when you live here all the time.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of the top five things to do this summer in our great borough. We hope you’ll make use of it – either for yourself or for out-of-town visitors

1.) Gantry Plaza State ParkManhattan skyline

Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline.

With playgrounds, a unique mist fountain, basketball courts, occasional summer concerts, a dog run, and a fishing pier – there’s something here for everyone. If you’re looking for relaxation, beautiful views, and simple fun, Gantry Plaza State Park might be a choice for you.

For more information, call (718) 786-6385 or visit the website at

2.) Queens Zoo

Easy to find, this zoo comes with a low admission price of only $8! It’s a fantastic place to spend several hours with kids – plus, it’s well laid out so it’s easy to see all of the animals. Kids will love the historical aviary, the sea lion feedings, alligators, and more.

For more information, call 718-220-5100 or visit the website at

3.) New York Hall of Science

This is a world-class science museum with lots to do, including both indoor and outdoor activities. This makes for an excellent visit, rain or shine.

Boasting over 450 exhibits, it has “connected worlds,” a science playground, and a mini-golf park. They even offer movies in a 3D theater.

Hot tip: Admission is free after 2pm on Fridays.

For more info, call 718-699-0005 or visit the website at

4.) Louis Armstrong House and Museum

History comes alive at this iconic museum! Even if you’re not a fan of jazz, this home will fascinate, because it’s like taking a trip back in time.

Experience the 1940’s splendor that was preserved in the house by Armstrong’s wife, Lucille, as recorded music and messages play throughout the tour.

It’s a wonderful look at how different life was for celebrities during this golden period.

For more information, call 718-478-8274 or visit the website at

5.) Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach has been called a “true haven of escape” from New York City.

It offers a relaxing boardwalk, food, sprinklers for the kids, fitness classes, concerts, and more.

If you’re looking for huge waves and quiet crowds, Rockaway Beach is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon.

For more information, visit the website at

We wish you and your family a safe and fun summer! Because of the work we do here at Farenga Funeral Home, we have a deep understanding of the importance to spend as much time as possible with loved ones. We hope this list becomes a starting point for making some great memories.