Insider’s Guide for Things to Do in Floral Park

Incorporated as a Village in 1908, Floral Park is a family-friendly and diverse village located in Nassau County on the border of Queens. Families can find many things to do in Floral Park, and we’ve highlighted some of our favorites.

The Floral Park Library has many activities for children and teens as well as adults.  They offer story time, crafts, book clubs, and classes such as defensive driving and help for job interviews.  The Floral Park Recreation Center offers residents extracurricular activities for men, woman, and children such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, and tennis.  Residents can also enjoy the recreation center pool, as well as the playground.

If a treat is desired, Floral Park has plenty of options to curb a sweet tooth.  On Tulip Avenue visitors can stop at the Tulip Sweet Shoppe or Tulip Bakery.  If on the east side of town, a quick stop on Covert Avenue at La Bella Bakery is a great option.  Buttercooky Bakery on Jericho Turnpike has more options than ever imaginable.

Looking to keep the kids moving after school is finished for the day?  JJ’s Dance Studio on South Tyson Avenue and Center Stage Performing Arts Studio both offer a variety of classes from September to June for children ages three and up with recitals held at Queens college and Adelphi, respectively.  Just north of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, Cherry Lane Gymnastics offers Mommy & Me and Separation programs for younger children and a traditional gymnastics program for ages 5 and up.

Want to buy children a special present either for a special occasion or no reason at all?  Be sure to stop at Matty’s Toy Shop where they sell everything from games and puzzles to action figurines and dolls.  On the border of Floral Park and Stewart Manor, The Manor Irish Gift Shop has traditional Irish gifts, jewelry, and home décor for everyone.

There are plenty of family restaurants around town for families to enjoy.  Villa d’Este, on Jericho Turnpike serves traditional Italian food at affordable prices for both lunch and dinner.  A few blocks away at Crabtree’s Restaurant, families can enjoy Mediterranean food in a wonderfully decorated dining room.  During the warmer months, families can savor eating outside on the garden patio.  A price fixe Sunday brunch menu is available as well as traditional lunch and dinner menus.  Closer to the center of town on South Tyson Avenue, families can order German food at Koenig’s.  Family owned and operated for over 60 years now, its lunch and dinner options have many options, and Wednesday night is buffet night.

Flora Park, a family friendly town with beautiful homes, shopping options, and activities, has something to offer for everyone.

By Pamela Boccia

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