Layover In JFK – Things To Do

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New York City has always been a major center for entry into the US. It was true in the days when most people arrived by ship, and it’s true now that many arrive by air, most of them via John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK). There’s no shortage of things to do on a layover in JFK. In fact, your problem will be deciding what to leave for next time. If you’ve driven into the city to catch a flight, take advantage of an offsite airport parking deal. It will save you money and you won’t have the hassle of driving in New York. Instead, start your layover by taking a cab ride to the first attraction; it’s all part of the New York experience. Here are some ideas for things to do on a layover in JFK.

Less Than 10 Miles From JFK

A good summer stop is Rockaway Beach, about five miles from the airport. Located on the south shore of Long Island, this was once a prime summer family resort. It’s nice to stroll along the boardwalk beside the ocean and breathe in that sea air. You’ll see volleyball, skating, surfing, fishing and swimming. This is a great spot to relax with a bite to eat while waiting to catch your connecting flight.

An unusual sight just over eight miles away is the Ganesha Temple, home to the Hindu Temple Society of North America. Located in Queens on the former site of a Russian Orthodox Church building, the temple was designed and constructed in India and then shipped over. It’s an ornate building, with carved elephant heads and other stunning architectural features.

While you’re in Queens, take some time to visit the Queens Botanical Garden, a living museum of flowers, trees and shrubs, as well as birds and bees. There are seasonal exhibitions throughout the year, and admission is free. The Flushing Meadows Corona Park is another popular attraction which encompasses several other must see sights, including the Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets; the Queens Wildlife Center and the Queens Museum of Art.

More Than 10 Miles From JFK

You’ll have to go a bit further to share some of the key New York experiences. Don’t miss the Statue of Liberty, a gift to the US from the people of France. It’s not the only Statue of Liberty in existence. The first two models, which are much smaller, are housed in artistic collections in France, while a sister statue is located along the River Seine in Paris. However, the US version is by far the most famous and symbolic. It’s a popular tourist attraction, so you’ll need to catch an early ferry to see the Statue and Ellis Island.

Finally, Central Park is a must-visit when in New York. The idea for the park was conceived in 1858, but it was 13 years before construction was complete and it took even longer to complete the landscaping. The park has been in constant use since its completion and now plays host to more than 25 million visitors a year. There is always something going on in Central Park. You can sit on a bench and watch the skaters and cyclists, take a stroll and enjoy the greenery, check out the ever changing exhibitions and see street performers do everything from juggling to song. It’s a truly beautiful space which will make your layover in JFK a pleasure.

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  7. Iris - Travel Says:

    There really is a lot to see and do when you have a lay over my first would be seeing the Statue of Liberty, followed by the Empire State Building.

  8. Holly Africa Holiday Says:

    I would have to agree with the above comment there is so much to do in New York, this is where Sex in the City was done and its just the place to be!!