By McCarton Ackerman and E.J. Crawford, USOpen.org
Visiting the US Open provides the experience of being on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the most electric Grand Slam in tennis, a sports and entertainment spectacular like no other in the world.
It also affords a trip to another singular enterprise – New York City. So if you’re planning on attending the 2014 US Open, make sure to take the time to visit the city as well and make the sport for a lifetime part of your trip of a lifetime.
Here are a few can’t-miss places to visit:
Broadway: The drama happens on the stage as well as on the court in New York, so take the time to see a play, catch a musical and be part of the wonders Broadway has to offer.
Central Park: Nothing says summer in New York City like Central Park. Take a trip to the Great Lawn or visit Strawberry Fields – it’s an oasis of nature in one of the world’s largest cities.
Citi Field and Yankee Stadium: If you love sports – and since you love tennis, there is a good chance you do – these iconic ballparks are a must-see. Citi Field, modeled after the old Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, is just minutes from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, while Yankee Stadium, home to the most iconic franchise in American sports, is just a subway ride away.
Empire State Building: The sight of so many dramatic movie moments, and a frequent visiting spot for the US Open men’s singles champion, the Empire State Building is an icon in its own right, complete with some of the best views of New York City.
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden: Located in the vibrant Queens neighborhood of Astoria, this is New York's beer garden. Serving up brews and a lively atmosphere for more than 100 years, this lively and spacious venue will keep you entertained well after the matches have eneded.
Museums: From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Natural History Museum and everything in between, New York City boasts some of the finest museums in the world. So whether you want to see paintings by the masters, modern art, sculptures or even celebrations of pop culture, New York offers a cultural experience for every visitor.
Bagels and Pizza: These two foods are staple items for New Yorkers and home to some of the best options for both in the world. Upper West Side mainstay Absolute Bagels often has a line out the door during morning rush hour, but you don't need to travel outside of Flushing for some of the best slices in the city. Check out Lucia Pizza after your day of tennis has come to a close.
Statue of Liberty: One of the great symbols of American liberty and freedom, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most historic landmarks in New York. The ferry ride out to the statue also offers great views of the New York skyline.
Times Square: Perhaps no spot encompasses all the electricity and excitement of New York quite like Times Square, with neon lights, pedestrian walkways and more to see and do than many cities can offer.
Comedy and Improv: New York City has arguably the best stand-up comedy and improv scene in the country. Legendary comedians can be found performing nightly at the Comedy Cellar in the West Village, while Upright Citizens Brigade in Chelsea is the place to watch future "Saturday Night Live" cast members perform improv.
Buy your 2015 US Open tickets and start planning your trip to New York today.