HIstory has it that a seed company owner, John Lewis Childs, bought land for development and named the area to promote his business. Stemming from a strong past of flower cultivation and renowned farms, the village of Floral Park was formally incorporated in 1908 and gets its name from the flower farms that once filled the area. The Jericho and Union turnpikes are the other main streets in Floral Park. The housing here is made up of attached homes, wooden colonials and more, while Indian restaurants can be found on Hillside Avenue. Read on to learn about the best things to do in the area!
1. Centennial Gardens
This is an active storm basin sometimes referred to as a ‘sump’ on a 5-hectare (12-acre) parcel of land that has served the residents of Floral Park for more than 70 years. Throughout decades of service, storm waters collected in the primary, secondary and tertiary basins of the Nassau County Storm Basin #120 before excess water was passed down the system to a basin in Elmont. In the late 50s, the amount of water flowing into the storm basin was reduced by the placement of storm sewers, dropping the water table by about 2.7 meters (9 feet). In today’s storms, most of the basin is not required because of this.
Address: 251 Floral Pkwy, 11001 Floral Park, NY
Website: Centennial Gardens
2. Averill Boulevard Park
A safe, clean, town park to exercise and picnic in with a variety of great facilities. The amenities provide opportunities for socializing, exercising and unwinding from stress and provides an outlet for the pressures of daily life. Have fun in the water with the outdoor pools, spray pool, wading pool and diving. Play ball at the basketball, volleyball, handball, paddleball, softball and baseball courts and fields or just have a good stroll or jog on the path, play with the equipment in the playground, challenge friends and socialize over the game tables and more.
Averill Boulevard Park
Address: Averill Boulevard Park, 145 Averill Boulevard, 11010 Franklin Square
3. Queens County Farm Museum
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This spot occupies the largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland in New York City and has a history dating back to 1697. The longest continuously farmed site in New York State encompasses a 19-hectare (47-acre) parcel and includes a greenhouse complex, farm implements and vehicles, an orchard and herb garden, planting fields, livestock and historic farm buildings. Leave the daily grind with a visit to this serene getaway in the city.
Queens County Farm Museum
Address: 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, 11004-1129 Floral Park, NY
Website: Queens County Farm Museum
4. Park Place
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With its modern decor, welcoming staff, cuisine (French, American and Italian dishes) and live music on weekends, this restaurant is located on Covert Avenue on the border of Floral Park & Stewart Manor and continues to enthrall diners. The favorites featured on the menu are tuna tacos tar-tar, lobster mac and cheese, Kobe beef sliders and steak frites as well as Funnel Oreos for dessert. Reserve a celebration in the semi-private party room: bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, engagements, funeral luncheons, communions and much more are welcome here. Catering for work functions or private parties is also included.
Address: 41 Covert Ave, 11001 Floral Park, NY
Website: Park Place
This place stands out for the wide-ranging Med-Continental cuisine and the lovely, quirky, nostalgic decor. Crabtree’s is a family owned, dainty, white tablecloth spot with garden seating that serves Mediterranean fare, including seafood and brunch. With open, spacious seating and dim lights, it is the go-to place for an atmospheric dine-in with a loved one, family or friends. The experience is enhanced by the well-thought out menu consisting of excellently prepared food, the lovely music, the friendly management and staff that treat you like family and the prices that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Many make it a regular stop and it is not hard to see why.
Address: 226 Jericho Turnpike, 11001 Floral Park, NY
6. Green Meadows Petting Farm
A hands-on touching experience with the animals and pony rides for the kids. There are plenty of fun things to do in Green Meadows Petting Farm with the programs and special events that they have enlisted. Don’t forget to bring your camera for the petting farm.
The friendly critters love to be fed, touched and get their pictures taken. Children get to milk a cow, ride a pony and learn about the many animals. In the spring, school children can learn about the many neighborhood cultures (Native American, Spanish American and African) at the Festival of Cultures, an outdoor event. Ideal for schools and libraries. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Frogs, Bugs & Animals program.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
Address: Green Meadows Farm, Box 20245, 11002-0245 Floral Park, NY
Website: Green Meadows Petting Farm
7. The Floral Park Recreation Center
When it comes to year-round recreation and sports activities, the heart of the Incorporated Village of Floral Park is The Floral Park Recreation Center. The Rec Center is a hub of indoor and outdoor activities with staff who are dedicated to providing fun and enjoyment. Pass the time while feeding your mind with the reading materials, programs and excursions provided by the Floral Park Library.
The Floral Park Pool also has many types of programs, activities and special events. The Recreation Center has a wide variety of activities for children and adults. If you would like to visit, you will have to get one of the village residents to accompany you.
The Floral Park Recreation Center
Address: 124 Stewart St, 11001 Floral Park, NY
Website: The Floral Park Recreation Center
Flowers, farms and nature
Visitors to the village of Floral Park get to learn about its agricultural history as well as enjoy its nature and activities.
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