Happened to be in Astoria the other day and looking to entertain guests in town before they headed back home when we stumbled across Socrates Sculpture Park down in Long Island City. For someone who is not a big art fan, the thought of Socrates and sculpture instantly made me think I’d be spending the afternoon looking at the sculptures like the infamous Thinker. Instead, I was surprised that the park provided a great view of Manhattan and the Upper East Side, as well as showcased some interesting art work – all for free. Some of the favorites among our group included a lawn filled with a random assortment of every day objects (tires, doors and trash cans) and an automatic door. The park is great for photo opps, whether its taking a picture of the Manhattan skyline or just trying to create the ultimate Facebook photo. While the exhibits change from time to time, it doesn’t take too much time to see everything in the park. If you are in Queens, looking to lay out and take in some culture, it’s a great place to go – but I wouldn’t make the trip out just to visit the park.The Basics Name: Socrates Sculpture Park Location: 3205 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City Who to take: Friends Price: FREE Overall: If I’m in the neighborhood, why not? Three stars.