Jamaica in Queens is a sound alternative for travelers who like want to be close to the action of Manhattan, New York, but aim to avoid the Big Apple prices. At only 15 miles from Manhattan, with an efficient subway system, Jamaica is a clear choice for those on vacation and business.
Queens Most Visited
Although first time visitors of New York will be keen to spend time in Manhattan — catching a show at Broadway, scaling the heights of the Empire State Building, or rowing a boat in Central Park — New York’s largest borough of Queens cannot go ignored! Queens Zoo is open all year round and hosts seasonal exhibitions such as sheep shearing. The Queens Public Library holds books in a variety of languages such as Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and is one of the largest library systems in the United States. The Hilton New York JFK Airport is a pricey but luxurious accommodation option in the area and offers perks like a hot buffet breakfast and premium cable channels.
Budget travelers do not have to miss out on the sports fun! Citi Field, home to the New York Mets, is found in Queens. Supporting the Mets is a cheaper alternative to visiting the Yankees, which may suit the pockets of families visiting the city. The child- and pet-friendly Sheraton JFK Airport Hotel is only one train journey (#7) away and offers a free shuttle to JFK for the end of your trip.
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John F. Kennedy International Airport
Many of America’s cheaper domestic flights connect through JFK International Airport in Queens — hence the need for so many airport hotels! Most hotels offer a shuttle service between the airport and hotel, such as Garden Inn & Suites, an economical choice for businesspeople visiting the city for work. Companies may also appreciate the Lexington Inn JFK Airport, another cost–cutting alternative. Its business center features computer, fax, and copying services.
Naturally, both hotels offer complimentary Wi-Fi. If you’re looking to mix business with pleasure, these hotels are also close to Aqueduct Racetrack and Casino as well as Belmont Racetrack.
Queens Beaches and Parks
Move over Central Park: There is a bigger kid in town! Flushing Meadows Corona Park is 897 acres of amazement playing home to not only Citi Field Baseball Park but also USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which hosts the U.S Open! Flushing Meadows Park is not just for sports fans. though; The New York Hall of Science may appeal to your internal geek, while the Queens Museum of Art and the Queens Theatre in the Park will capture the cultured traveller.
The moderately priced Jets Motor Inn is a nearby hotel option. If Flushing Meadows Park wasn’t enough, tourists may want to step back in time via train, bus, or car, to the home of the hot dog: Coney Island! This vintage amusement and theme park area is a heart-warming throwback. Sunbathe on the beach, ride the Cyclone, and prove it happened by taking a photo at the old school photo booth.
Parks, beaches, sports, and hotels are more than enough reasons to visit Queens. Remember that New York is more than Manhattan! If you are heading to NYC check out more things to do in New York.
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