Queens Zoo

The Queens Zoo is located in Corona, Queens New York. It is a Wildlife Conversation Society Park.   It is a small zoo that goes around in a circle.  You are able to see all the animals this way.  There is also a petting zoo there as well.  They are open until 5:30 pm on weekends from 10 am.   These are the summer hours from April to November. During the week, they are open from 10am until 5pm.  They are also open during the winter months from November until March.  The hours are from 10am until 4:30pm.

Yesterday we went with our son and nieces for a nice afternoon at the zoo.  It was a prefect day. The kids got to see many animals and spend time together.

Some of the animals that you can see at the Queens Zoo are as follows: lots of different ducks at the waterfowl marsh (where you can feed the ducks for 25 cents), alligator, sand hill crane, bald eagle, lynx, puma, Roosevelt elk, owl, coyote, sea lion, bison, pronghorn antelope, push, chacoan peccary, thick-billed parrot and an Andean bear.  There is also an aviary with many different kinds of birds.  That’s a lot of animals for a small zoo.

The petting zoo has a lot of domestic animals.  The kids are able to feed them for 25 cents as well. Some of the domestic animals are pigs, goats, wheels, llama, horse, donkey, and chickens.  The kids had a great time feeding the animals and we were there for a while feeding them.

If you are looking for a quick place to visit, definitely go and check out the Queens Zoo.  It makes for a wonderful afternoon with your children. Happy traveling.

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Holiday Train Show

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We took our son to the Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens.  We had a great time.  My husband and I went to the Holiday Train show 5 years before. We really enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to take our son.  Last year, I wanted to take him but he was only a month old and he would not really pay attention to it.  This year was better.

The Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens in New York City is very popular.  Many people make it a tradition to take their children to see it.  There are many trains that run through many tracks.  It’s amazing to see all the buildings that are build using natural things like bark, pinecones and so many other things found in nature.  When we got to the Botanical Gardens, the lot was full, so I was afraid that it was going to be very busy.  It was busy but we were able to walk through and see everything.  The train show is located at the Conservatory at the Botanical Gardens. There are timed tickets but that makes it easier to view it.

The change between the past 5 years was that there is a short video about the person who created the train show as well as how they put the whole thing together.   It’s amazing how many people it takes, how many trains there are, how many tracks there are and how they come up with the whole idea.

The buildings that are designed are all Manhattan buildings.  You have Rockfeller Center, Yankees Stadium, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and so many others.  It’s amazing just taking your time to view these buildings created.  I could not stop taking photographs of everything.  I really recommend everyone to visit the train show at least once in their life. I am lucky that I live in New York and I am able to visit it every year.  I can not wait to make it a family tradition and visit the Train show every year with our son.

One World Observatory

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It’s finally finished and we finally found time to go and visit one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere.  One World Observatory is an amazing place to visit.  The view from the top is just breathe taking.

One World Observatory was built to symbolize our freedom in New York City after tragedy struck on 9/11.  Growing up in Queens and taking the 7 train to get to high school, I remember seeing the World Trade towers.   On that tradgeic day,  it hit me how important it is to love your loved ones and just live in the moment.

My husband, son and best friend went to One World Observatory on a Saturday afternoon.  It was a bucket list for us to visit this amazing building.  We ordered tickets before we got there and we didn’t have to wait to long on line.  You do go through metal detectors like at the airport. I did not have a problem with that because I knew that it was for my safety.  Once we finished with the metal detectors we continued on our way to a room to get the elevators.

Once in the elevators,  the workers tell you to face the panels.  I was now interested.  As the elevator goes up, on the panels you see the history of the city and what it looked like.  It was amazing and I have never seen something like that.  Once we got to the 102nd floor,  we exited the elevators and continued to another room.  In this room, there were panels and there was a short video.  Once the video stops the panels rise and you get the first view of the Manhattan skyline from the 102nd floor.  We exited the room to now go to the I observation deck.

As we entered the observation deck, your breathe is taken away. The view is breathe taking and you don’t know where you want to look.  We walked around and saw the whole city plus New Jersey.  Even my son said some ohs and ahhs.

Once we finished at One World Observatory, we went and saw the water pools. My husband and I have seen them after the tradegic event and even today it still brings chills to me.  I stood in a moment of silence while there and traced my hand over the names on the panels.  I may have never known these innocent people that lost their lives but I felt their families pain.  I look forward to going back and visiting when my son is older and understands becaus I will tell him the history of that tradegic day and what One World Observatory means to me as well as my husband.