Clarion Hotel La Guardia Airport
9400 Ditmars Blvd.
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
Phone: (718) 335-1200
Fax: (718) 458-1239
Named after the legendary jazz great who lived a few blocks from the site, this stadium is now the No. 2 venue at the USTA National Tennis Center after the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The arena has played host to some of the most exciting moments in tennis history. After being refurbished, the stadium provides a more intimate experience for spectators but still retains its legendary appeal.
At over 1200 square acres, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is Queens' largest park. It is the site of two former World's Fairs, one in 1939 and the other in 1964, as well as the home to the famous symbol of the 1964 Fair: the Unisphere. The park also encompasses Shea Stadium (where baseball's the New York Mets play), the USTA National Tennis Center, three lakes, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum of Art, a golf course and a skating rink. The park holds several events regularly. To learn more check the website.
The largest pool in the city, Astoria Park Pool is a true New York treasure. This pool measures in at 330 feet (100 meters) and was designed to hold 3000 people. With a magnificent view of the Triborough Bridge sitting just along the horizon, a more scenic setting for a public pool is hard to imagine. During a scorching New York City summer day, there are few places more desirable to find yourself in.
The best kayak training in the Northeast from Certified instructors.
Abigail Playground is one of a kind, by virtue of it being steeped in history. This 0.53 acre(0.215 hectares) facility, owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, is named after Abigail Adams. She was related to not one, but two, Presidents of the United States of America- wife of James Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. In 1996, the playground received funds so that it could be upgraded to include safety surfacing. The playground includes features like basketball half-courts, benches and swings.
It is acclaimed for hosting the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. It has over 800 members, 38 courts, 10 of which are indoors for all year round facility use, along with a junior Olympic pool complex. It also features a swimming pool wherein one can take lessons in the same. Come here with family or friends and indulge in a sporting activity, however if it leaves you too tired then have a wholesome fare at the restaurant here.
The New York Hall of Science is an interactive museum geared towards children. The Space Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair took place here, but now it houses more than 160 exhibits detailing the history and evolution of science and technology. A highlight is the outdoor Science Playground, a park filled with interactive games and displays. Fictional characters and scientific arts and crafts are used extensively much to the delight of the little ones here.
Harlem Meer is not actually a "sea" as its name in Dutch would imply, however, this little lake in the Northeastern end of the park is a delight nonetheless. Most tourists rarely travel this far up in the park (unless they are visiting the nearby conservatory gardens), so it is always filled with locals who bike, run, play and fish far from the tumult of crowds. The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center is open at the north end of the lake and it provides information about the area and activities. Additionally, the area around the park is filled with historical landmarks from the Revolutionary War, like remnants of Fort Clinton and McGowan's Pass.
Overlooking the picturesque Harlem Meer within the Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center is one of the numerous visitor centers that help visitors better experience the park. Established in 1993, the center offers numerous educational programs as well as fun activities for budding naturalists and those keen enough. Besides this, the center also hosts an array of exhibitions throughout the year. The beautiful structure, is a rare building within the park that was purpose-built to serve as a visitor center.
Trump Lasker Rink becomes one of the main attractions of Central Park in the winter, with families from all over the city flocking here to get a piece of the winter action. The facility has a number of amenities such as skate rentals, locker provisions, skate lessons and a lot more. A part of the rink is reserved for use by local university teams, while the other is open to the public. So grab your skates and head here already!
One of the bigger parks in the neighborhood, the Crotona Park lays sprawled across 127.5 acres (51.6 hectares), and is the sixth largest park in the borough. One of the main attractions of the park is the diversity of tree life that can be found here, about 28 species in total, and visitors can find more information on the plant as well as animal life here at the Crotona Park Nature Center. Besides the abundant natural scenery, the park also has the largest swimming pool, at 300 feet (91.44 meters), five baseball fields, 11 playgrounds, and 20 hard tennis courts. The park holds a weekly farmer's market from July through November. The market takes place every Saturday and features cooking demonstrations and offers free nutrition education.
Right in the heart of Manhattan stands this oasis of rolling pastures and gardens, stretching from Midtown to Harlem. It was created in 1857 by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, and sprawls over a wonderful 843 acres (341.15 hectares). Bustling with activity, walkers, rollerbladers, bikers and joggers hurriedly compete for space while lovers meet at the Bethesda Fountain on Bethesda Terrace. To the north, visitors wonder at the architecture of Belvedere Castle, and found nearby is the Delacorte Theater where plays are staged during summer. Over time, Central Park has blended so seamlessly with Manhattan that it is hard to disassociate the two. Also within its folds are other delights, including the Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center and the Central Park Zoo, as well as the wonderfully-restored Carousel.