An hour's train ride from Brooklyn took me to the far area of Queens, crossing the Broad Channel and to Jamaica Bay.
More than 330 species of birds make this spot one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeastern United States. From ponds and lakes to the open Bay, salt marshes, forests of oak, birch and aspen, this area truly is a refuge from the city.
Just a short bus ride from the Refuge, Far Rockaway Beach on the Atlantic Ocean offers a long stretch of sandy beach, shells, surfers and a great boardwalk.
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Far Rockaway Beach