My father works in the Aviation Industry and ever since I was a small child I used to love accompanying him to the Airport on business calls. We would sit in the La Guardia Airport staff cafeteria and eat while we watched the planes land and take off, roaring as they went by close to the ground. As an adult, I still get a thrill when a plane flies over my head and I still love to watch them take off and land. Over father’s day I watched a conversation about plane spotting in Queens on my favorite parenting group and it has sparked me to share one of my favorite pastimes with you all. Here are some great family locations to plane spot in Queens.
The most detailed information that you will find is on the NYC Aviation website where they list places to watch planes at La Guardia Airport and JFK, crash sites, and even where you can see Donald Trumps plane land. Here are some of their suggestions.
La Guardia Planes
Planeview Park – East Elmhurst
Views: Great view of runway 4 arrivals and departures,
as well as 22 departures. Runway 22 arrivals are a little more distant.
World’s Fair Marina, Flushing
Views:Great view of runway 31 arrivals, distant view of runway 13
Hermon MacNeil Park, College Point
Parent Recommended Sites:
The corner of 23rd Ave and Ditmars Ave in Astoria
College Point Home Depot parking lot. You see the planes disappear around Citi Field and reappear overhead right before landing. It happens about every 3-5 minutes.
Go to a Mets game. Sit in the top row so you’re that much closer
The Mounds – Springfield Gardens
Views: The mix of arrivals on 22L.
North Woodmere Park – Woodmere
Bayswater State Park – Far Rockaway
Views: Nice view of arrivals and departures on runways 4R and 4L,
as well as 22R departures and 31L
Frank M. Charles Park – Howard Beach
Views: Good for runway 31L departures and 13R arrivals anytime