The Unisphere or Globitron

Unisphere is the world's largest globe

Unisphere
Unisphere cc licensed photo by Bill

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.

Nearby attractions include Queens Museum of Art and New York Hall of Science

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Address: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Corona, NY 11368, USA

Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
7Mets-Willets Point12 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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Video about the The Unisphere and the neighbouring Queen's Museum of Art

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