I'm planning a trip to NY and I was wondering, is it possible to visit the USTA tennis center during the year? It takes a while to get to Flushing Meadows from Manhattan so I want to make sure if it's worth the trip... Anyone here ever made a visit maybe?
Less than five minutes on Google provides the following:
The US Tennis Association (USTA) holds the US Open every August at the Arthur Ashe Stadium and USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The tennis courts are open to the public throughout the year. There are indoor and outdoor courts, and programs for adults, youths, and seniors. Find out more from the USTA website.
Question: Can I Play Tennis at the US Open in Flushing Meadows?
Answer: Playing tennis at the US Open isn't just for the tennis pros. The USTA's Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows is the home of the US Open Tennis Tournament, and for 11 months of the year, the tennis center is open to the public for play (but not during the US Open tournament).
To reserve a court or to sign up for a lesson, visit the USTA's website or call the USTA at 718-760-6200.
Often access to the USTA is only through the west gate (and its adjacent parking lot). Ask the USTA when reserving your court for the best way to enter and where to park.
Welcome to Flushing Meadows Corona Park!
Check Out the Park in the Heart of Queens, New York
By John Roleke, About.com
Queens is blooming with the warm weather. It's a great time to get out of the house and over to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, between Flushing and Corona, New York.
Flushing Meadows was once a swamp and an ash dump, but now it's the largest park in Queens and a great place to stretch your legs or ride a bike. There are also museums, sports, history, a zoo, and more to check out. The biggest draws are the Mets at Shea Stadium and tennis at the US Open, but the park can satisfy your need for an outing almost any day of the year.
The park is so big that it plays host to the New York Mets at Shea Stadium and US Open Tennis, as well as to hundreds, even thousands, of visitors who come for weekend picnics, strolls, festivals, soccer games, and other activities. There are two lakes, a pitch-and-putt golf course (miniature golf), playing fields, picnic areas, and bicycle rental stands (more on park activities).
The Park is home to the Queens Museum of Art (and its amazing diorama of NYC's five boroughs), the New York Hall of Science (an interactive science learning center), the Queens Zoo, the Queens Theatre in the Park, and the Queens Botanical Garden. The park hosts several annual festivals, including the Colombian Independence Day Celebration (one of the largest Latino events in NYC) and the Dragon Boat Festival.
The World's Fair was held in Flushing Meadows Park twice: in 1939-40 and again in 1964-65. Two towers from the 1964-65 World's Fair -- also featured in Men in Black -- still dominate the area's skyline, though they are in a sorry state. Other facilities from the fairs include the NYC Building (housing the museum and an ice rink), the Unisphere, and numerous statues and monuments.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is ringed by highways, and is easily accessible by car, subway, train, or foot. There are four main sections:
Corona Side: West of the Grand Central Parkway in Corona, the park consists of grass lawns, the New York Hall of Science, and the Queens Zoo, which includes a wonderful outdoor aviary in a geodesic dome that is open year-round.
Central: Overpasses connect the western section to the central part of the park, which is home to the Unisphere, the Queens Museum of Art, the main sports fields, and the Queens Theatre in the Park. Shea Stadium and its parking lots dominate the northern rim of this section, along with the US Tennis Association's Arthur Ashe Stadium, where tennis greats meet every August for the US Open.
Southern: The central part of the Park connects to the southern via an underpass and an overpass. Meadow Lake is in the southern section, and is ringed by a trail for biking, running, inline skating, and walking. There are cricket fields and fields for baseball, softball, and soccer. Two large playgrounds (one on each side of the lake) are near picnic grills and tables. The boathouse rents out paddle boats and row boats, and a lakeside promenade gives folks a chance to catch a breeze at the northern tip of the lake.
Continue further south, across Jewel Avenue, and you'll find Willow Lake, which is currently inaccessible.
Eastern: Separated from the rest of the park by College Point Boulevard, the Queens Botanical Gardens is more readily accessible from Main Street, south of downtown Flushing.