by Michael Hsu, 03/17/2014 [Updated 09/09/2015]
Photo: Kate Glicksberg
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New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St., 718-699-0005
Like many structures in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the New York Hall of Science was built for the 1964 World's Fair. Back then it was part of an exhibition that explored the wonders of space travel. These days it houses some 450 hands-on science exhibitions—visitors of all ages can experiment with light and shadow, walk through a hall of mirrors, scale an 8-foot climbing wall and delve into the world of molecules. Two space rockets donated by NASA are still on display, and you'll find some classic science displays like a Möbius strip and a probability machine, in which balls fall freely to form a bell curve. Outside, there's an enormous science-themed playground with fog machines, seesaws and some killer slides.