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5 Things to Do in Flushing Meadows, New York (Besides the US Open)

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | September 05, 2016

5 Things to Do in Flushing Meadows, New York (Besides the US Open)

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All eyes are on Flushing Meadows, New York, for the 2016 US Open tennis championships.

But while the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is the place to be this summer, surrounding Flushing Meadows in Queens has plenty of other attractions to offer.

Here are five things to do in and around Flushing Meadows that don't involve tennis.

Learn Something New at the New York Hall of Science

There's plenty to see and do at the New York Hall of Science. The museum is an ideal way to spend a late-summer or early-fall afternoon and even boasts a science playground for kids.

Take in Local Art and Culture at Queens Museum

Art lovers won't want to leave Flushing Meadows before exploring the Queens Museum, where many of the displays pay tribute to New York's unparalleled history and culture.

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Catch a Mets Game at Citi Field

The New York Mets are fighting for a playoff berth as the Major League Baseball season winds down, meaning now is the time to catch New York's other baseball team in action at Citi Field.

Explore the Queens Zoo

Check out an American Bison or Bald Eagle up close at the Queens Zoo, where popular exhibits include the Animal Trail and Sea Lion Pool.

Unwind With a Stroll Through Queens Botanical Garden

This time of year the weather is perfect for a relaxing stroll through the Queens Botanical Garden. If you stick around for the fall, you can take in more than three dozen acres of picturesque foliage.

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