Parks and beaches in Queens are almost always a great choice for a weekend morning or late afternoon. Here's my list of the best parks in Queens. New park Fort Totten really should get added to that list. It's weekend events are many and varied.
And if you can make it to the Rockaways, the beaches -- especially at Fort Tilden and Breezy Point -- are great fun. Though you can sometimes see Manhattan from the peninsula, the Rockaways are almost a continent away in the summer.
Got more suggestions for outdoors in Queens? Please share in the comments.Unisphere