The US Open is a around the corner and it’s one of our favorite excuses to visit New York City. If it’s the first time you visit this tournament you may have several doubts, where to stay, when to go, to buy the tickets in advance or not, how to get there and what to do while you are not watching the best tennis in the world.
We love to visit New York for the US Open because in September climate is perfect, warm but not too hot, ideal to wander the streets and visit the parks and because we are huge tennis fans here at Wander.
How to attend and enjoy the US Open
US Open takes place in Flushing Meadows, if you are staying in Manhattan the best way to get the US Open is on the subway. The 7 train provides easy service from Grand Central Terminal to Mets-Willets Point Station.
Buying the tickets to access the US Open
If you don’t mind being adventurer you can buy the tickets directly on the ticket office at Flushing meadows, there are usually free spots and you will avoid commissions.
If you want to have everything planned in advance you can buy your tickets here.
When you buy the tickets you might have several doubts, when to go? should I be close to the court? You need to think what kind of experience you want to have, you can go early on the tournament and see more players or go at the latest stages of the Grand Slam and live the excitement of the most competitive games. We have attended several games and our favorite games are always the Semifinals, they are affordable, competitive and luckily you’ll get to see 4 of the best players on the tournament.
If you are visiting during the first week of the tournament you can buy a Grounds Admission Ticket which will give you access (first-come, first-served) to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all field courts. This way you’ll have the opportunity to see more tennis. Check in advance the matches you want to see and upon entry, walk briskly to your favored venue to reserve your seat.
Tips that will help you have the best experience at the US Open
- You can access with a small bag, if you carry one you’ll have to do the queue as all of them get checked before access. If you are attending with kids there is a special line for you.
- We advice you to print in your hotel the daily schedule so you can start planning the day in advance and grab a seat as soon as you get to the courts.
- Bring your sunscreen and a hat to prevent your neck and nose from burning under the sun during the matches.
- If you want an autograph try the practice courts, one of the best chances to get close to the players.
- You can bring one bag maximum size for it is 12"W x 12"H x 16"L (there are speed lines for those who don’t bring one)
- If you want to avoid buying a bottle of water at the event you can bring your own, but make sure it’s not made of glass or metal as they are forbidden.
You can also bring your own sandwich if you don’t want if you don't feel like eating from the diverse food court inside the event. If you want a more fancy option there are some restaurants available where reservations are required. For all dining options within the US Open you can check them here
- Selfie sticks are not allowed!
Where to stay and enjoy the US Open
We shared the best hotels to stay in Manhattan, New York City but today we want to advice you on our favorite areas to stay and different type of hotels you can book here at wander to enjoy the US Open and everything NYC has to offer.
Grand Central Terminal Subway will take you easily to the event, so you might want to stay somewhere close to access it easily in the morning. Plan would be to wake up early, grab breakfast at the hotel or nearby and walk a few minutes to the beautiful station. These are some of our favorite hotels in Midtown Manhattan:
Best hotels in Midtown Manhattan
W New York: this iconic hotel is always a good option, it is on the upper range of the budget, but you’ll be steps away of Fifth Ave. Rooms are quiet thanks to the windows and the decorations is chic and modern as they usually are in this hotel chain.
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Metropolitan - New York City: u Located on Lexington Ave. this hotel has comfortable rooms, free Wi-Fi and a cool bar to relax after a long day at the courts.
Pod 51 Hotel and Pod 39 Hotel: This hotel chain offers cool boutique hotels at affordable prices, funky and smart decoration where they took off all the necessary to please the savvy budget traveler.
Ramada Inn: This is a basic and affordable hotel with a brick construction located at Lexington Avenue and 30th St. It is simply decorated and features cozy, comfortable and quiet rooms.
Things to do in Midtown Manhattan
If you stay in this area you will be within easy access to the New York Public Library, the Rockefeller Center, Empire State, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal and St. Patrick’s Cathedral are the most popular sites to visit. Would be too much to combine a day of tennis with an evening at the theater? Probably not!
If you want to visit some of the most trendy restaurants and bars you can head to Hell’s Kitchen, but there are some options near the Grand Central Terminal if you want to stay within the area.
When we visited the tournament we stayed here and enjoyed a delicious Japanese restaurant in Midtown East, located at 43-45 W 55th St, a small place with lots of Japanese guests and authentic food that escapes from sushi. Although you'll find several dining options here, like the Crave Fishbar or The Smith Midtown.
Best hotels near Flushing Meadows
La Guardia airport is close to the Flushing Meadows, if you take a cab you’ll be there in less than 10 minutes via Grand Central Pkwy and Shea Road.
The Parc Hotel Flushing: Situated in the heart of downtown Flushing, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi. and Free breakfast, a good design with comfortable rooms
Hyatt Place Flushing - La Guardia: This hotel offers great amenities such as an outdoor pool and a complete fitness venue. Rooms are larger than NY average and a Hyatt hotel is always a safe choice.
Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel: At this Sheraton you will find stylish and large rooms, comfortable rooms.
Best hotels to attend the US Open in Brooklyn, New York City
Flushing Meadows is not that far from Brooklyn, you can get to the event easily if you take the Jackie Robinson Park-way to the Van Wyck Expressway North at Exit 12A. Continue straight on to College Point Blvd.
Z NYC Hotel: one of our favorites to stay in Brooklyn, the hotel rooms provide a breathtaking view over the skyline of Manhattan. The only thing you will have to take into account is that the nearest subway station is a bit far from the hotel, so you’ll have to add another 15 minutes to your travel time, who doesn’t love an early morning walk through NYC anyway?
The Box House Hotel Brooklyn: This hotel represents the Brooklyn style, located in the industrial chic area of North Greenpoint, it features contemporary lofts and suites with large windows.
The Paper Factory Hotel: This is another hotel that features the Brooklyn style at its best, with a hip industrial boutique hotel is located only two stops from Midtown Manhattan!
Eco-friendly hotels in New York City
The Element Times Square: book here to be centrally located and close to Grand Central Station. This is the perfect hotel if you want a green option and you don’t mind staying in one of the busiest areas in town.You’ll be in the heart of NYC where the nickname the City that Never Sleeps makes more sense than anywhere else!
1 Hotel Central Park: This hotel is a luxury and green option to stay in one of our favorite areas. Central Park, specially during the month where the US Open takes place is the best spot to enjoy NYC and its lifestyle like a local. If you are attending the tournament during the day you can head back to Central Park for an evening picnic and reach your hotel with a short walk at sunset.
We really love tennis and have visited the US Open several times, if you love it too you can’t miss it! Hope that these tips to enjoy the event in the best way possible help you to have a great time, hopefully your favorite tennis player will win and that will make it perfect! (sorry we can’t help with that)
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