The Visitor Center, operated by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers, is located at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. You can pick up park information, and see small exhibits and animal displays. It is the meeting place for many Park Ranger-led tours. For information on hours and programs, please call 718 846-2731
The Seuffert Bandshell is named in honor of George Seuffert Sr., whose band started the tradition of free, public concerts in Forest Park. The Bandshell is host to seasonal performance and events. It features public restrooms, parking for 298 cars and 3,200 seats. Click here for the current schedule. The Bandshell is available for use by permit April through November.
Picnic and BBQ area
Located behind the Bandshell parking lot and across from the Carousel, is our Picnic and BBQ area. Surrounded by towering oak trees, this shady nook has open lawn areas, BBQ grills and wooden picnic tables. It is a great place to hold a special event, and it is close to the Visitor Center, restrooms, playground, Skate Park and Strack Pond. Groups of 20 or more need to apply for a Special Events permit, which takes 30 days to process.
The Forest Park Carousel
The Forest Park Carousel is believed to be one of two remaining carousels made by master carver and folk artist Daniel C. Muller. It is open seasonally and has a snack bar, picnic tables and scheduled children’s performances. The carousel is available for birthday parties, corporate event and other rentals. Call 718 788-2676 or visit rideoperationsgroup.com for more information.
Strack Pond, located opposite the Bandshell parking lot, is a reclaimed kettle pond, named after a local veteran. It is a great spot for a bird watching, fishing and peaceful reflection. A ¼-mile long trail wraps around the pond. Entrances are located opposite the Bandshell parking lot and off Woodhaven Boulevard.
The first Pine Grove in Forest Park was established in 1914 when 2,500 pine trees were moved from Forest Park’s nursery and transferred near the 109th Street and Myrtle Avenue entrance of the park in remembrance of local war veterans. Most of the trees in the grove are Eastern White Pines. To commemorate the park’s centennial in 1998, 100 additional pine trees were planted by volunteers around the park, creating four new pine stands.
You and your family can enjoy the seven playgrounds located along the park’s perimeters. The nautical-themed Dry Harbor Playground, located in Glendale, has a spray shower, basketball and bocce courts and a softball field. The Mary Whalen Playground in Woodhaven, sits at the bottom of Oak Ridge and features swings and a spray shower. In Richmond Hill, visit the Jackson Pond Playground and Gardens as well as the Greenhouse and Giovannelli Playgrounds. The Greenhouse and Giovannelli Playgrounds have spray showers and play equipment. Located on both sides along Myrtle Avenue, is Jackson Pond. It has play equipment, a large enclosed spray shower area, picnic tables, a woodland adventure path, sitting area, and basketball courts. In Forest Hills, along Union Turnpike you can find the Joseph DeVoy Playground, which is nested in a wooded cove. It features climbing equipment, swings, and a storytelling area. Frolic in the forest themed Sobelsohn Playground, located in Forest Hills off of Park Lane South. There, you will find play units, a swing bridge, frog spray showers, hidden bird houses, handball and basketball courts.
Try out your “ollies” and “grind” moves at our Skate Park, located off Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard, north of the Visitor Center. Challenge yourself on the grid rails, quarter pipes, launch ramps, wall rides and half pipe. Helmet and pads are required and there are no bicycles allowed. The park is open from 10 am to dusk.
The Forest Park Golf Course
The Forest Park Golf Course, located on Forest Park Drive, off of Forest Parkway, is an 18 hole public golf course and considered one of the city’s more challenging courses. Enjoy the game among forested borders, pristine lawns, ponds and views of the Manhattan skyline. Don’t forget to stop at the pro shop and snack bar.
Call (718) 296-0999 to book a tee time.
Victory Field, located along Woodhaven Blvd. between Myrtle Avenue and Forest Park Drive was built in 1927 to commemorate World War I veterans. The complex has five ball fields, a 400-meter track, 13 handball courts and a wheelchair football playing area. Inside the track area, there is also a multi-purpose soft ball, soccer and football field. Park permits are required for groups to use this facility.
The dog run
The dog runs are located in Woodhaven, surrounded by a hilly grassy area off of Park Lane South and 86th Street. It features a doggy water fountain, challenge course, as well as small and large dog play areas. It is managed by the K9Korral members, who host special dog events and socials. We also have the Barking Lot located in and Kew Gardens, behind The Overlook over 9000 sq. ft of space for your dogs to play and exercise.
Get your matches in at our 14 tennis courts, in Richmond Hill, atop a ridge off of Park Lane South and 87th Street. Our tennis season is from April through November and permits are required to play.
The Oak Forest
The most continuous oak forest in Queens can be found in Forest Park. Protected as a “Forever Wild” area, it features 150 year old oak and tulip trees and is home to songbirds, small mammals, pheasants, hawks and owls. No bicycles, baby carriages or unleashed dogs are allowed in this area of the park. Three marked hiking trails help you traverse the undulating topography and explore this 165-acre forest. The Yellow Trail, starts by Metropolitan Avenue off Forest Park Drive. This one mile loop takes you around the northern section of the forest and passes a famous vernal pond, which is a hot spot to view migrating song birds. The 2.4 mile Orange Trail, which starts at the intersection of Memorial and Forest Park Drive, takes you around the forest perimeter and through the Pine Grove. The Blue Trail starts off Woodhaven Blvd. on Forest Park Drive. This 1.75 mile loop intersects with the bridle path and Orange Trail.
Forest Park is also home to one of the few existing equestrian paths left in Queens. This 4 mile crushed stone path meanders through the forest but is easy to navigate, with a few small hills. When using this path, please yield to the horses for your safety.