249-05 Jericho Turnpike
Bellerose, NY 11426
Phone: (718) 343-4400
Fax: (718) 343-4401
Offering the chance to keep in shape or just paddle around seven days a week throughout the year, the Echo Park Indoor Pool Complex is a valuable resource for locals, and visitors may purchase a day-pass to get their swimming in. The diving tank, saunas and weight rooms for men and women, lockers, and snack bar are the backdrop to regularly scheduled swimming (or other exercise) classes. Other cultural activities are also hosted here; see website for details.
This riding academy is located within Hempstead Lake State Park and offers group trail rides and private lessons in huntseat, dressage, and English style riding.
The best kayak training in the Northeast from Certified instructors.
The New York Racing Association is responsible for maintaining this city racetrack. A world of entertainment unfolds at "The Big A" in Queens. Every conceivable type of handicap race is offered here, each attracting the top horses and jockeys because of generous purses. A fine restaurant, grill, bar, smoking lounge, sports bar, children's playroom, arcade and picnic area are available so that the entire family can enjoy the day.
It is acclaimed for hosting the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. It has over 800 members, 38 courts, 10 of which are indoors for all year round facility use, along with a junior Olympic pool complex. It also features a swimming pool wherein one can take lessons in the same. Come here with family or friends and indulge in a sporting activity, however if it leaves you too tired then have a wholesome fare at the restaurant here.
At over 1200 square acres, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is Queens' largest park. It is the site of two former World's Fairs, one in 1939 and the other in 1964, as well as the home to the famous symbol of the 1964 Fair: the Unisphere. The park also encompasses Shea Stadium (where baseball's the New York Mets play), the USTA National Tennis Center, three lakes, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum of Art, a golf course and a skating rink. The park holds several events regularly. To learn more check the website.
Found in lovely Eisenhower Park is the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, a fantastic little venue that features movies and theater throughout the summer. They have cultural movie nights, community theater plays, philharmonic performances, the Best of Broadway; and the beautiful surroundings only enhance a fantastically intimate experience. Call ahead for details.
Named after the legendary jazz great who lived a few blocks from the site, this stadium is now the No. 2 venue at the USTA National Tennis Center after the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The arena has played host to some of the most exciting moments in tennis history. After being refurbished, the stadium provides a more intimate experience for spectators but still retains its legendary appeal.
The Nassau County Aquatic Center is a magnificent facility comprising of 50 meter wide by 68 meters long swimming pool and state-of-the-art facilities. This public access aquatic center was constructed in the year 1998 as a part of the International Goodwill Games, and now, hosts various school and national level swimming and diving events. The 10 meter diving tower is, perhaps, one of its kind in the city and thus, making it a major attracting for diving enthusiasts. The pool is open for people of all ages with various recreational, therapeutic and training purposes. Besides, the center also comprises of a health club that overlooks the pool, and comprises of professional exercise equipments and amenities. Visit their website for more information.
Overlooking the harbor, the North Hempstead Beach Park provides for a recreational and picnic space. You can simply stroll along the beautiful promenade and enjoy the cool breeze along with scenic views. If weather permits, you can take a boat ride too; there are sporting activities too that includes fishing, shuffleboard, basketball, baseball, handball, paddleball and so forth. It also has other facilities like BBQ areas, jogging track and separate picnic areas. The North Hempstead Beach Park hosts Sunday Afternoon Summer Concert Series that takes place between the months of July and August. Call for details.
Extremely accessible for locals and visitors to Long Island, Eisenhower Park offers a wide variety of facilities for sports : three golf courses, 16 lighted tennis courts, 25 athletics courts, a batting cage, an aquatics center for swimming, playgrounds, and even miniature golf! Later, perhaps while catching your breath, visit one of the memorials, watch a show at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, or dine at the beautiful Carltun on the Park restaurant.
The Sands Point Preserve makes full use of its 216 acres: landscaped gardens lead to tangles of trees, meadows become cliffs overlooking beaches, vines of honeysuckles and other flowers surround a freshwater pond, and a castle sits on sweeping lawns. Explore Long Island history by touring the elegant gray-stone Hempstead House or the French eclectic Falaise, after exploring the natural beauty of this diverse environment on 6 marked trails. Educational visits are welcomed, and festivals or special events often take advantage of the spectacular scenery. See website for details.