Things to do near the U.S. Open
Watch global tennis pros crush it on the court during the U.S. Open, a two-week tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Tickets for the matches can be steep ($65 to $100 for the cheap seats), but you can attend free of charge during the qualifying tournament, when 128 women and 128 men compete, or watch the top dogs practice on the grounds. Whether you go to see a match or ogle celebrities, the annual sporting event boasts more fun than you can shake a racket at.
Need to kill time between tennis matches? Test your putt-putt skills at this 18-hole course (open until 1am) that has lovely views of streams and waterfalls. One round lasts only 30 minutes, so if your attempt is a bust, try for round two. Just imagine you’re practicing for the national golf championship, coincidentally also called the U.S. Open. Go figure!
We love stadium concessions (some of us say they’re the best part of sporting events), but if you want to enjoy cocktails and bites outside of the stands, this scenic rooftop drinkery is worth a pit stop. Order some Taiwanese grub, like pork-belly buns and beef-scallion pancakes, paired with the drink of the summer: a frosé martini.