Located in beautiful Flushing Meadows-Corona Park of Queens, New York, the Unisphere has the distinction of being the largest globe in the world. It was designed and built to serve as the major focal point and reflect the theme of the of the 1964 World's Fair which was "Peace Through Understanding".
At 140 feet, the Unisphere stands 12 stories tall. The globe itself is constructed with 700,000 pounds of stainless steel and spans 120 feet, making it the largest globe on earth. There are three rings circling the perimeter of the globe that represent the orbits of three significant leaps in space flight; the first man in space, the first American to orbit the earth and the first communications satellite.
During the World's Fair the Unisphere featured lights showing the location of capital cities around the world. At night special effects lights also simulated the rising and setting of the sun around the globe. The globe is also surrounded on the ground by a ring of flood-lit fountains. The lighting effects on the Unisphere are are no longer in place, however the fountains which where shut off since 1970 where completely restored and put back in service in 2010. The globe itself was also thoroughly cleaned and repaired in 1993/94.
The Unisphere sits right in front of another great attraction, the Queens Museum of Modern Art.
Facts For Your VisitFee: No
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
- Tuesday: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
- Wednesday: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
- Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
- Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
- Sunday: 9:00 am - 9:00 am
Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Corona, NY 11368
Phone: (718) 760-6565
Justin H. Mar-11-2021
Pretty cool landmark. Never knew about it but love going to see local sites out of the way. In the middle of a huge park with lots of walking, green grass,... Read More
Gary L. Dec-01-2020
Filthy filthy filthy... did the city cut the budget on park rangers? Parents allowing their children to urinate out in the open in the bushes and grass... Read More
Norman J. Jan-11-2020
One of queens most famous landmarks, the unisphere is the symbol of this wonderful borough. From tv shows to movies, when you see the unisphere you know it... Read More
Accommodations near Unisphere:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|7||Mets-Willets Point||12 Minutes|
How to get to Unisphere by Subway
Take the 7 Train to Mets-Willets Point. Follow the signs, walking through the park to the Unisphere.
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