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In 2015, I was gifted a gently-used copy of the official guide to the New York World's Fair 1964/1965.  Inside this deceptively tiny book was a treasure trove of vintage ads, colorful previews of experiences, and the promise of a future full of "Peace Through Understanding".  I read that book from cover-to-cover as though it were a number one best seller!

Later that year, I was given an opportunity to visit Queens and the site of the Fair... and you had better believe I took the book with me!  While walking the grounds of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, I opened the guidebook and used the maps within to find my way around.  The walkways which carried millions of Guests as they moved from attraction to attraction during the Fair carried me as I searched for the spots where "it's a small world" and "Carousel of Progress" had made their debut.  I stood on those hallowed plots of land, reading the book's descriptions for the pavilions and listening to the audio from those two attractions, imagining what it would have been like to experience them during the Fair.

That's when I realized that there had to be other people out there who would enjoy spending "a day at the Fair" the same way I was.  I couldn't be the only person in the world who wanted to see what remained of this short-lived fantasy world where people were introduced to videophones, color television, rockets which carried man into space, and "the happiest cruise that ever sailed"...

And that's when the concept for this website started to form in my mind.

The New York World's Fair 1964/1965 is considered, by many, to be the "greatest" of all the World's Fairs.  Not only did it thrill those who were able to attend its two six-month seasons, but it also found its way into modern popular culture, giving it new life and inspiring an entirely new generation.  Nostalgia for this event, which brought the entire world to Queens, is strong for those who were able to attend... and for those who were just born too late to experience it for themselves.

My name is Jason "Tiki" Tackett... and I'm part of that latter group, having been born twelve years too late.

Through travelogue-style articles, I'd like to let you explore some of the remaining elements of the New York World's Fair along with me.  I'd also like to give you the tools you'll need to actually visit and tour Flushing Meadows Corona Park for yourself, experiencing the remaining attractions and learning about the long-gone exhibits as you go.  If you're unable to travel, I'd like to share information, photos, and film clips about the pavilions and exhibits via excerpts from books and pamphlets distributed during the Fair so you may learn more about this celebration of "Man's Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe"!  

So if your imaginations are ready and your internet connection is strong, I'd like to invite you to go on some Adventures at the New York World's Fair with me!  Here are just a few things for you to look forward to during your visit to this site...

Visit a "click through" virtual world which will allow you explore the New York World's Fair from the comfort of your own home!  Learn about the many pavilions, shows, attractions, and experiences available during the Fair's two-year run in this highly-detailed interactive online experience!

Print off your "official" World's Fair ticket and guidemap and take a self-guided tour the site of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park!  The map, paired with exclusive web-based content you can access from your smartphone, will give you the chance to explore the grounds and enjoy "a day at the Fair" for yourself!

The New York World's Fair lives on in some of its remaining attractions throughout the world!  Through 'travelogue' style articles, photos, and videos, visit these remnants of the Fair in their current locations!

Before you head to the Fair, explore our list of vendors which sell World's Fair inspired attire, trinkets, treasures, and collectibles so you can be prepared to visit in style!

Board our virtual 7 Train to other amazing websites about the 1964-65 New York World's Fair!

TIKITACKETT.INFO/WORLDSFAIR is an unofficial New York World's Fair 1964/65 fan site and is in no way affiliated with any single organization or group representing the Fair's legacy.
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