Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which has hosted two World’s Fairs, is New York City’s fourth largest park and home to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where the US Open is held each year. But, when the final game, set and match has been won, there’s plenty to do beyond the stadium.

When: August 26 to September 8

Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Court type: DecoTurf cushioned acrylic

Neighbourhood: Flushing, Queens

Closest subway station: Mets-Willets Point

Illustration by Muti

1. Explore Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Photo by Daniel G. Avila

Browse exhibits at Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Queens Museum, or stand beneath the soaring observation towers—seen in 1997’s Men in Black movie. The park also rents bikes, pedal boats and kayaks.


2. Drink craft beer at Mikkeller NYC

Photo courtesy of Mikkeller NYC

Cross Flushing Meadows Pedestrian Bridge to Mikkeller NYC. This brewery offers a diverse selection of food and a taproom that includes more than 70 beers dedicated to the city, such as the Mikkeller NYC Subway Mosaic IPA.


3. Tour Queens Botanical Garden

Photo by Anne Tan-Detchkov

Take a self-guided tour of the 39-acre Queens Botanical Garden. Enter along Oak Allée so you can marvel at the Pin Oaks that date back to the early 1960s. There’s also the Bee Garden, Rose Garden and Herb Garden to explore.


4. Visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum

Photo courtesy of Louis Armstrong House Museum

The former home of the jazz legend is a NYC landmark offering an in-depth historic and cultural experience. With archival materials, screenings and more, visitors get an intimate look into his life.


Vantage point: The Lowery Bar & Kitchen

The Lowery Bar & Kitchen in Sunnyside, welcomes tennis fans to watch the tournament and enjoy its US Open cocktail, the Grey Goose Honey Deuce.


[This story appears in the May 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine]