Uncover secrets of the World’s Fair with free, monthly walking tours of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Photo via Wikimedia
For two six-month seasons in 1964, the World’s Fair came to Queens, with exhibits featured from over 80 nations spread across 646 acres. The fair came at a time of mid-20th-century innovation and culture, at the height of the Space Age. It served as a moment of peace before the start of the Vietnam War, with its motto “Peace Through Understanding.” And while many New Yorkers attended the historic event, or have heard stories recounted by parents and grandparents, it’s hard to imagine what it was truly like to experience.
Making it easier to understand what the World’s Fair was really like, the city’s parks department is offering free, monthly tours of the park, allowing visitors to hear the stories behind the Unisphere, the New York State Pavilion and many more landmarks.
Photo of the Unisphere Fountain via Wikimedia
Led by Flushing Meadows-Corona Park volunteers, tours take place on the second Sunday of every month. The one-hour tours begin at 11 am and 1 pm and start at the Unisphere. No registration is required and the event is free. The next tour is scheduled for May 13.
And don’t miss the “World’s Fare,” a massive food festival coming to CitiField this weekend, April 28 and 29. The event will include more than 100 food vendors, representing over 100 cultures. There will be an international beer garden offering up a selection of 80 craft beers from 45 breweries and unique art exhibits. Before the event sells out, buy tickets here.
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