Take kids to marvel at the Queens Giant – a tulip tree that is around 134 feet high – the tallest tree in New York, and according to the Parks Department, probably the oldest in the metropolitan area. You will find this tree on the white trail – an official walking trail within the park, but don’t leave out the green trail which has lots of trees to view in all their fall glory. White pine, black oaks, red maples, American beech and Sassafras with their yellow-red colors are just some species that can be seen in this 655-acre park with over 30,000 trees. Stay for a picnic and let the kids use the playgrounds, or perhaps even come here with bicycles and use the cycling trails while you fill your senses with the crisp fall air and brilliant foliage color.
Hours: Alley Ponds Education Center 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Contact: (212) 639-9675