2013-02-13 / Features

Valentine’s Day In Queens


Take a walk through the Queens Botanical Garden. Take a walk through the Queens Botanical Garden. BY GABRIELLE WINKEL

You’ve got the meal planned, but what else do you have lined up for Valentine’s Day? The Gazette offers some fun suggestions.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

This jewel of Queens has more than its share of romantic and affordable things to do. And what’s more romantic than a hand-in-hand stroll through this park?

Queens Museum of Art

Take a bird’s-eye view of the city with the world famous Panorama first built for the 1939 World’s Fair. Current exhibits include The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. Hours are noon to 6 p.m., admission is $8, www.queensmuseum.org.

On With the Show


At the Museum of the Moving Image, play a video game or make a flip book starring yourself. At the Museum of the Moving Image, play a video game or make a flip book starring yourself. Chaturang: Traditional Dances of India with Nita Kale Kendra at Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Visit www.kupferbergcenterarts.org to get tickets.

Queens Botanical Garden

Take a romantic stroll among the flowers that aren’t deterred by the cool weather including snowdrops with their delicate white blooms, the hellebores with purple and white flowers, and skimmia japonica, with its brilliant red berries. Keep your eyes peeled for intrepid wildlife that make QBG their home—including the pheasants and red-tailed hawks. Located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, hours are from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and admission is $4. For more information, visit www.Queensbotanical.org.

Spa Castle College Point

Enjoy a spa night and relax in several different saunas, pools and the super romantic rooftop pool. Open from 6 a.m. until midnight, the spa is located at 131-10 11th Ave., College Point. Weekday ticket prices are $35 per person. Their Web site is www.Nyspacastle.com.

Long Island City and Astoria are teeming with cultural events that include:

MoMA PS1

For Valentine’s Day how about the exhibit entitled Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt:

Tender Love Among the Junk. MoMA PS1 is located at 46-01 21st St., in Long Island City, hours are from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., suggested admission is $10.

The Noguchi Museum

Dedicated to the sculptor Isamu Noguchi, the museum is located at 32-37 Vernon Boulevard, and the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and general admission is $10. For information, visit www.noguchi.org.

Socrates Sculpture Park

Across the street from the Noguchi Museum and on the East River, Socrates Sculpture Park is an outdoor museum and a park, with all that entails. You might even catch a wedding in progress. Located at 32-05 Vernon Blvd., Astoria and open until sunset, what’s better than their admission price—free! For information on events and exhibits, visitwww.socratessculpturepark.org.

Museum of the Moving Image

The museum has two exhibits that a couple could enjoy. The current exhibit Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off has over 20 interactive, two-player games. And you can make your own Video Flip Book starring yourselves. The hours are 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and the museum is located at 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria. Admission is $12. Visit www.movingimage.us for information on their film and exhibit schedule.

Cruising

Skyline Cruises has a lovely dinner and dancing cruise on the Skyline Princess on February 14, boarding at 6:30 p.m. and cruising from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. and departing from the World’s Fair Marina, Flushing. For pricing and reservations, visit www.skylinecruises.com.

Striking Out

The thing about bowling is not so much who wins, but laughing at how bad you are at this indoor sport. For a fun bonding experience, check out AMF 34th Avenue Lanes, located at 69-10 34th Ave., in Woodside, open from 10 a.m. until midnight. For other lane locations, visit www.amf.com.

Remember any day can be Valentine’s Day, when you are together exploring Queens.

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