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“Fun for the Kids (and the Adults)” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Alley Pond Environmental Center

Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, NY 11363
718-229-4000
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Owner description: A great place for kids where toddlers get hands-on experience with various animals and discover nature trails.
Floral Park, New York
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“Fun for the Kids (and the Adults)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The center provides an intimate look as some caged reptiles and snakes. It is small but fun for the little ones. There is a small gift shop and birthday parties can be booked here. We enjoy taking walks through the woodsy grounds and "discovering" signs of nature surprisingly close to the Cross Island Parkway. Do wear old footwear though as the mud can be serious. The center is a pleasant diversion for kids but is not big enough to be considered a "trip".

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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“surprising find within the five boroughs of NYC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

About a hundred years ago, the City of New York had the foresight to protect 600 or so acres of land from being developed. Now, it is a recreational mecca for cityfolks (ok, mostly eastern Queens residents) seeking refuge from the concrete jungle. It is not easily accessible with mass transit (bus transfer from subway required), but that keeps it from getting overcrowded like the more well-known Central Park in Manhattan.

It is very family-oriented with tennis courts, handball courts, well maintained soccer and baseball/softball fields, playgrounds, hiking, biking and jogging trials (connecting to Cunningham Park via Vanderbilt Motorway -no cars allowed), an adventure course (summer weekends at no or low cost), nature center, Urban Rangers' camping, picnic and bbq areas. Great for bird watching, too.

From the crack of dawn on, folks can be found walking their dogs, meeting up with friends and strolling the paths under the shades of oak and beech trees, practicing tai chi, jogging, biking etc. One can even explore some unpaved hiking trails, wind around marshes and kettle ponds within and briefly forget about being in the city. It's a big sprawl, and it hosts a lot of club, church, association gatherings on summer weekends. A petting zoo rolls around once a year, and the Alley Pond Striders host a 5 mile race through a challenging hilly course in the spring. There's something for everyone here to enjoy.

Visited April 2013
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Flushing, New York
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“Lots of room to play”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This is a lovely park for walking, jogging, walking the dog, playing on the grass, or just sitting. Picnic areas.

Visited February 2013
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“Must see for all children”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

One of the most interesting exciting and productive learning experiences for children. The classes are all about nature and are so fun your children have no idea they are learning about animals preservation and respect for the environment.. My nephews are members and can't wait for the special classes although the exhibits and the beautiful new trails are all free. I true slice of heaven in queens.

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“Just beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

Love it!!!!!!

Just beautiful perfect for individuals and groups organizations individuals and families. Visited since a child and still go with friends and family all the time at every season everyone should go!

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