Category Archives: Day Trips

Head over to Flushing, Queens and catch a match at the Arthur Ashe or Louis Armstrong Stadiums.

Tennis Fury: The U.S. Open is Here!

The U.S. Open has invaded New York so for the next two weeks, one can expect endless tennis talk across news providers, crowded sports bars, traffic, and A-list celebrity sightings in the city.

You may be inspired to pull out the old tennis racket or to watch Serena smash a tennis ball onto her opponent’s court. No matter the urge, New York has plenty to do during the U.S. Open which will be held every day until Monday, September 8.

If you feel so inclined (and can afford the tickets), why not attend the actual event?? Head over to Flushing, Queens and catch a match at the Arthur Ashe or Louis Armstrong Stadiums. American Express and Grey Goose have sponsored a few special on-site events for attendees including children’s activities and U.S. Open inspired cocktails.

For avid sports bar goers, events like these are yet another reason to cram into a small venue and yell in unison with strangers. Well, have no fear! Enjoy all-you-can-watch tennis matches on the best plasmas in the city at these hotspots:

  • Irish Rover This classic sports pub is located at 37-18 28th Avenue in Queens.
  • Rock McBride’s Also located in Queens, you can’t beat the most friendly neighborhood bar (with the best Happy Hour in Astoria). 27-01 23rd Avenue
  • Legends Heralded as best sports bar in Midtown, this casual bar is a must if you want to stay in the city. 6 West 33rd Street

No worries—there are a few family-friendly viewing options as well. Bryant Park will host U.S. Open watch parties daily 11AM to 1PM and 7PM to 9PM on the Southwest Porch. Brooklyn Bridge Park (Harbor View Lawn) will also host special viewing on a big projector screen daily at 11AM.

If you want to get more active, try hitting a tennis court! Take a lesson at Midtown Tennis Club or find some friendly competition on a public court in the city.

There are lots of ways to feel a part of this year’s U.S. Open! Be sure to use GO Airlink for your transportation needs to Queens during the next two weeks.

Situated on the upper coast of Long Island, this collection of beaches and villages are the premier luxury hang out spot.

A Mini Vacation from NYC

There are endless amounts of things to do in the city, but many wonder what is beyond the high-rises, apartment buildings and packed streets of New York. Here are a few day or weekend trips, just a short distance outside of the Greater New York area.

Fort Tilden Formerly a military installation, Fort Tilden is located in Far Rockaway, Queens. The location offers historical military structures and reclaimed natural areas.

THE thing to do: Visit the beach! Whether simply enjoying the sun or building sand castles, Fort Tilden’s location along the Atlantic and freshwater pond offers visitors all the water they can take!

What to eat: Bring food! There are not many restaurants here except maybe for the one you spotted a few miles back. This is a perfect place for picnic on the beach. Pack cold cuts, some fruit and your other favorite snacks.

How to get there: The recommended means of transportation are by bike or car. If you don’t own either, you can always rent or hire a private car service.

The Hamptons Situated on the upper coast of Long Island, this collection of beaches and villages are the premier luxury hang out spot.

THE thing to do: People go to the Hamptons to beach, but recently, there has been an increasing presence of luxury boutiques and restaurants. Hang out at the harbor or shop at any number of shops!

Where to eat: First, go to Rumba for a variety of island inspired cuisine including Ahi tuna, duck empanadas, and jerk chicken tacos. They also have a rum bar (clever name, right?). Don’t leave before heading over to Scoop du Jour for an irresistible waffle cone.

How to get there: Visitors have the option to use the LIRR, a personal car, or a transportation service like GO Airlink NYC.

Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes This gem rests in Westchester County, New York and provides unprecedented views of nature.

THE thing to do: If camping and hiking are your ‘things’, you belong here! In addition to being the highest point in Westchester, Sal J. Prezioso Mt. Lakes gives visitors a chance to enjoy zip lining, ropes challenge courses and more.

Where to eat: Don’t forget your fishing rods! This site has row boots available, so get in tune with your inner fisherman and catch tonight’s dinner.  (Reminder: It wouldn’t be camping if you didn’t bring ingredients for s’mores.)

How to get there: You should definitely rent a car for this trip, and plan to stay for at least two days.

Sometimes it’s necessary to escape the hustle and bustle of the city! The best part about being in a central location like New York City is that there are a ton of choices within reach. What are your favorite just-out-of-the-city mini vacations?

Zoom Ziplines is open year round and the session lasts 1.5-2 hours.

Alternatives to the Typical Beach Day

When you think summer, you think beach getaways with a bright colored drink in hand. But soaking up the sun and laughter of a summer day doesn’t necessarily need to be on sandy grounds. Family bonding happens best when you’re exploring and stepping out of your comfort zone together. That’s why we’ve compiled a list overwhelmingly exhilarating activities to do when visiting New York.

Zipline at Mountain Creek Only a little over an hour from New York City, this adventure filled activity will heighten your adrenaline to a whole other level. Zoom Ziplines is open year round and the session lasts 1.5-2 hours. The tour includes well trained guides who offer training before you take that first jump. The tour is comprised of 4 dual ziplines and you’re able to buy a picture CD afterwards of all your still shots. Safety is the main concern, so all ages will be in great hands. Try to go on a cooler day where you can feel the breeze as you hover over the beautiful and serene sights of Mountain Creek.

Bronx Zoo There’s no better family activity then a visit to the zoo. For animal lovers, this 265 acre nature park of wildlife habitats and attractions is the perfect destination. It’s almost impossible to conquer the whole area in one day, so you’re going to want to pick and choose the exhibits that most interest you. Common favorites are the Wild Asia Monorail, Bug Carousel, and the Butterfly Garden.

Learn the Trapeze Experience something you never thought you would. This unique and extreme activity challenges you beyond your sense of abilities. A series of classes and workshops are offered in order to teach you the art of this activity, with classes ranging from first timers to advanced flyers. The outdoor locations are at Pier 40 and South Street Seaport so you’re able to see ample views while you’re soaring through the sky.

Sunset Sail Experience the New York City sunset directly on the water. Sunset Sail aboard the Schooner Adirondack gives you the ultimate vantage point including views of Battery Park, Ellis Island, and The Statue of Liberty. Complimentary soda, beer, wine, and champagne is served during your sail. Spending your evening on a boat will be a true treat to your eyes especially once the sun starts to set.

Sure, a beach day is relaxing, but spending a day trying new things and feasting your eyes on true beauty is rejuvenating. New York is full of fun activities for the family that’ll leave everyone thrilled with how the day went.