US Open Travel: What to Do in Queens
US Open Travel: What to Do in QueensWhile the best of the best compete in the last matches of the 2014 US Open, you may find yourself wondering what you can do in between matches. When it comes to New York City travel, the Big Apple has much to offer whether you’re staying near the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center or venturing outside of Queens. Flushing Meadows Planning to stay near the US Open? The Tennis Center is located within the largest park in Queens, Flushing Meadows. The park includes facilities such as The New York Hall of Science, Queens Museum of Art, Queens Wildlife Center and more. Take a brisk walk along Meadow Lake, a place for fishing, boating and sailing. On the opposite side of Flushing Meadows, visit Citi Field, where the Mets play. With 898 acres, Flushing Meadows has something for everyone. Louis Armstrong House Museum Walk through the halls where one of the greatest jazz musicians lived with his wife. Although he gained world-renowned success, Louis Armstrong and his wife, Lucille Wilson, chose to live humbly among New York City’s working class in Queens from 1943 to 1971. Thanks to candid home tape recordings, as you tour the House you can listen to the couple enjoying dinner, entertaining guests in the living room and Armstrong playing in the den. This time capsule and National Historical Landmark is truly inspiring for jazz fanatics or anyone who can appreciate a guided historical tour. Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk If you’re looking for a quiet getaway from New York City’s hustle and bustle, look no further than Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk. Take a dip in the water or Jet Ski along the peninsula if you have half a day, or even a full day, to relax. Not only does this beach offer miles of clean and quiet shoreline, it’s free! Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden Less than six miles away from the US Open action, you can take a break at New York City’s Czech hotspot. Grab a cold one with your friends and munch on some Eastern European grub. The menu has Czech favorites such as potato pancakes, fried Muenster, beef goulash and more. This beer garden offers more than just hearty food and various beers; Bohemian Hall hosts many events, too. Stop in to watch stand-up comedy, take a Czech language class or enjoy “quiet clubbing” with friends. World Ice Arena Cooling off after watching an outdoor tennis match is just a 15 minute walk away! Whether it’s your first time on the ice or you’re a seasoned skater, drop by the World Ice Arena during their public skating hours to enjoy a break from the heat. The arena rents out skates and pricing may be found online. US Open travel knows no bounds in New York City. The Parking Spot would like to congratulate all players of the 134th US Open. Best to luck to the women’s finalists on September 7th and the men’s finalists on September 8th!