The U.S. Open is an exciting annual tennis event that garners international attention. Whether planning a vacation from another country or traveling to New York from within the United States, here are some helpful travel information and tips for vacationing at the U.S. Open.
Booking a Hotel During the U.S. Open
Many tour companies offer travel packages for the U.S. Open, but for the best value, consider booking a hotel well in advance, and getting transportation separately. The subway is a budget-friendly transportation option, and there are many other activities to do in New York City during the U.S. Open that you do not need a travel package for. Make sure to book a hotel well in advance so that you have a room in a good area for a reasonable rate.
Getting to the U.S. Open
There are many ways to get to the U.S. Open, depending on where in New York City you are staying. Many people prefer taking the subway to avoid the crowds and the cost of transportation. The station is Shea Stadium/Willets Point station, and the USTA National Tennis Center is only a short walk down the ramp from the station. If you want to take the railroad, the Long Island Railroad (LIRR)’s Port Washington line also stops at the Shea Stadium/Willets Point station. A tourist vacation brochure should outline travel information regarding common subway routes to help you get around the city if you get lost.
Free Events Near the U.S. Open
There are many free events around the time of the U.S. Open, if you are in town but aren’t able to make it to the games. Although many die-hard tennis fans see the main US Open tournament as the main event, the Qualifying Tournament and Practice Day, both held before the U.S. Open itself, offer free access to good tennis matches. For free family fun, check out Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, held a few days before the opening of the U.S. Open Tournament.
Grounds Admission Tickets
The Grounds Pass, or a Grounds Admissions ticket, is a cheaper alternative for those who want to see a lot of matches. Grounds Admission is only available during the first eight days of the tournament, but for the hardcore tennis fan, it is a way to see a lot of tennis for one price. Grounds Admission allows access to matches held in the Grandstand, the field courts, and parts of the Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Not a Tennis Fan?
Even non-tennis lovers can find plenty to occupy themselves with when vacationing at the U.S. Open, because it takes place in the backyard of one of the most energetic and vibrant metropolitan areas in the world: New York City! There are plenty of sightseeing and tourist options in the city itself. From taking the ferry to the Statue of Liberty to touring Ground Zero, the Big Apple has so much to offer that in between games any visitor will surely be kept busy with fun activities. Pick up a vacation brochure from your hotel for more travel information and ideas for local activities.