An Insiders Guide to the US Open

This is a guest post by Soha Yamin, who operates Travels with Soha, that offers luxury tennis excursions.

The U.S. Open is one of the world’s most exciting sporting events. Both casual tennis fans and true devotees of the sport can enjoy attending this annual event. Although tennis championships have been held in the U.S. since 1881, the U.S. Open began in its modern form in 1968, when the tournament was held at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York. In 1978, the event was moved to the National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, which has since been renamed Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. 

If you are flying into New York to see the U.S. Open, both JFK and LaGuardia airports are quite close to Flushing Meadow Park, where the tournament takes place. While you’re in town, there is plenty to see and explore aside from the tennis matches. Let’s look at some of the possibilities.

Flushing Meadow Park

Unisphere

As long as you’re going to be at the park to watch the games, you may as well explore some of the park’s many other attractions. Prior to becoming the home of the U.S. Open, Flushing Meadow Park was best known for being the location of the 1939 and 1964-1965 World’s Fairs. The famous Unisphere globe sculpture, which was built in honor of the more recent fair, is still standing. The park also contains other well-known sculptures, such as Freedom of the Human Spirit and Free Form. Other attractions at Flushing Meadow Park include the Queens Theatre in the Park, where a variety of performances can be seen, and the Flushing Meadows Carousel. 

Queens Museum of Art

The Panorama of the City of New York

Also on the grounds of Flushing Meadow Park is one of New York’s most interesting museums. The Queens Museum of Art is most famous for The Panorama, an impressively detailed diorama of New York City. The Panorama was built in 1964 for the World’s Fair, but has been refurbished several times. The museum also has many World’s Fair related exhibits, as well as a variety of art from all over the world.

The New Chinatown

While New York’s best known Chinatown is in downtown Manhattan, the Chinatown in Flushing is actually larger. This neighborhood now has one of the world’s largest Asian populations outside of China. Here you can find a wide selection of shops and restaurants. In addition to eating a delicious Asian meal, you can find traditional Chinese herbs and exotic souvenirs. 

Astoria

Astoria is one of New York’s trendiest neighborhoods, and is located in the borough of Queens, not very far from Flushing and the U.S. Open. Astoria is fun to explore on foot or in a car, with its many Greek and other ethnic restaurants. It’s also the home of Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, where you can relax on a hot summer day with a pitcher of beer. There is often live folk music as well.

A Short Trip to Manhattan

New York City

The U.S. Open is held in Flushing, Queens, but you are not very far from Manhattan and its incomparable attractions. These include Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building and shopping on Fifth Avenue, to name just a few. The #7 subway train goes directly from Flushing to Manhattan. You can drive or take a taxi and get to Manhattan in about 30 minutes.

The U.S. Open is Close to Many Attractions

Visitors to the U.S. Open can find lots to do and see after watching a few exciting matches. Whether you explore nearby neighborhoods such as Flushing and Astoria, or venture into Manhattan, you are never far from everything that New York City has to offer.

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