28. Take a dip in a gigantic pool
Swim in the largest WPA-era pool -- Astoria Pool in Astoria Park -- for free. It’s approximately the size of four olympic-sized pools next to each other, and served as the location for both the 1936 and 1964 Summer Olympic Trials. While you’re there, gaze at the gorgeous Hell Gate Bridge, which they say would be the last bridge to fall if humans were removed from the Earth.
29. Have a cholado at Las Americas Bakery in Jackson Heights
Because of the huge Colombian population in Queens (it’s literally the largest outside of Colombia), you’ll be able to find the cholado -- a Colombian shaved ice concoction that is a super refresher on a hot summer day -- in Jackson Heights. It starts with a base of hand-shaved ice topped with tangy maracuyá and mora fruit syrups, chopped fresh fruit (strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, papaya), coconut flakes, and a healthy dose of lechera (thick, sweet milk).