Borough Excursions: See What Queens Has to Offer

Are you new to Queens, just in town visiting, or were you born and raised here, looking for a chance to see what makes Queens the awesome borough it is? A great way to do that is by taking a tour.

Borough Excursions is a Queens-based tour company that aims to show off the finer points of the outer boroughs. Owner Doris recently answered some questions for us, so our Queens Mamas readers can really get a sense of what Borough Excursions has to offer.

QM: What prompted you to start Borough Excursions?

D: I moved here from Boston about five years ago and as friends/family visited me I wanted to show them more than Times Square.  I explored Queens and the outer boroughs and made it a point to visit museums, landmarks and other places of interest in each borough.

Can you give a sample itinerary of a Queens tour?

Queens off the Beaten Path Tour
Saturdays at 10am & 2pm

Guests of hotel partners will be picked up at hotel.  Everyone else who books a tour will be picked up at Citi Field # 7 Train stop.

Tour starts with visit pass the Louis Armstrong House Museum then continues on Northern Blvd to Astoria. We will pass Kaufman Studios/ Museum of Moving Image, exterior view of houses from TV’s Seinfeld: George Costanza’s parent’s house 22-37 37th Street and movie “Arthur”: girlfriends house at 31st & Broadway. Then it’s on to the Ed Koch/Queensborough Bridge to Manhattan – pass Rockefeller Center and Times Square, head down to 34th Street then back over 59th Street Bridge. Then on Queens Blvd – “McDowell’s Restaurant” 85-07 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst pass Wendy’s restaurant used in Coming to America Movie, then stop at Rego Park Mall for forty minutes. Continue to Flushing Meadows Park from Iron Man 2 and Men in Black, and US Open, Queens Theatre in the Park, and stop at Queens Museum of Art for half hour. Next, head to Downtown Flushing pass Flushing Town Hall, Quaker Meeting House, Lewis Latimer House, and other landmarks along the Freedom Mile. Finish off the tour with a stop a local bakery for a cupcake treat!

What’s the most interesting stop, in your opinion, on the Queens tour and why?

It has to be Flushing Meadows Park because of the history and all the great things the park has to offer.  The zoo is perfect for a quick trip.  The theatre has fantastic shows and the museum has the panorama.

What are some examples of custom tours people can request?

Anything really.  I had a Russian family hire me for 4 hours to show them Brooklyn and the Russian part of town.  I had to do some research but they had a great time in Brighton Beach and dinner.

I noticed on your website that you’re doing a Halloween tour. What’s included, and what age range would you consider is appropriate for it?

The Halloween Tour is a visit to the Queens County Farm on a day that there is a festival or in the evening to do the corn maize.  I think the morning / festival event is appropriate for kids of any age and families.

 

For more information on Borough Excursions, or to book your own tour, visit their website or call 646-301-6241.