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How to have the perfect day near the U.S. Open in NYC

When your eyes tire of watching tennis balls fly at the U.S. Open, explore these options around Flushing Meadows

Written by
Jennifer Picht

So, you've got tickets to the U.S. Open, but you don't know what to do before or after the match? We got you. Since the ever-fun tennis tournament is held at Flushing Meadows—Cornoa Park, you should have no trouble finding ways to entertain yourself on and off the court. Walk through one of New York's best parks, play some mini-golf and grab drinks at a rooftop bar that's only a quick cab ride away. 

Local tip: “Going to Citi Field for a game? Head to Mikkeller Brewing: There’s 60 beers on tap and a variety of different foods from vendors like Great Northern Food Hall.”—Danny Yu, Time Out Designer

Things to do near the U.S. Open

  • Things to do

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.

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  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Queens

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!

  • Bars
  • Queens

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.

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