Visit Far Rockaway Parks and Beaches
Located less than four miles from Rockaway Beach and just over 20 miles from Times Square, the Country Inn & Suites in Far Rockaway provides comfortable lodging in Queens. From our convenient location, it’s easy to walk to the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue subway station for day trips into Manhattan, where you can visit Strawberry Fields and Bethesda Terrace inside Central Park. For fun things to do closer to the hotel, explore Norton Basin Natural Resource Area or take your kids to the playgrounds at Beach 30th and Beach 9th streets.
Parks and Preserves:
- Bayswater Park (1.1 miles)
Let your kids climb and jump around on the playground, which features sculptures of a dolphin and a seal. Pack a picnic lunch and take in views of Lower Manhattan, or play basketball and tennis on the courts.
Phone: +1 (212) 639-9675
- Norton Basin Natural Resource Area (1.1 miles)
Connect with nature at this nearby 11-acre preserve, home to more than 1,700 feet of winding trails. Fish from the shore to catch striped bass, flounder and more, or spot red-tailed hawks, egrets and other wildlife in the marsh.
Phone: +1 (718) 482-4900
- Bayswater Point State Park (1.2 miles)
Embrace the solitude at this state park, which offers fishing, picnic spots and hiking trails. The 12-acre park features beachfront areas, wetlands and woodlands that provide havens for birds and other wildlife.
Phone: +1 (718) 471-2212
- Beach 30th Street Playground (1.2 miles)
This park offers a water play station with a ship and sprinklers that delight children. You can also find toddler areas, a variety of swing sets and a sand pit for digging.
Phone: +1 (718) 318-4000
- Beach 9th Street Playground (1.3 miles)
An ocean breeze keeps everyone cool at this park at 9th Street, where the kids can swing and climb on playground equipment while you pick a shady spot on a park bench to read a book.
Phone: +1 (718) 318-4000
- Rockaway Beach (3.9 miles)
Known for its mention in the eponymous Ramones song, this trendy town is popular with surfers and families seeking fun in the sun. Find concession stands, playgrounds and outdoor activities galore at this destination minutes from the hotel.
- Long Beach (6.7 miles)
Head south to Long Beach for a day of sunning, surfing or beach volleyball. At lunchtime, visit one of the food trucks that park along the boardwalk or wander into a nearby restaurant for a quick bite to eat.
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square (21.4 miles)
More than 500 artifacts spread across 20 galleries will keep you engaged for hours as you encounter oddities at every twist and turn. Look for the shrunken head, and be sure to check out The Black Hole exhibit during your visit.
Phone: +1 (212) 398-3133
- Pier 66 at Hudson River Park (22.4 miles)
For kayaking, sailing and boat tours, head to Pier 66. Wander into the 500-acre park to play miniature golf, ride the carousel or just sit and people-watch.
Phone: +1 (212) 627-2020
- Bethesda Terrace (24.6 miles)
Make your way into the heart of Central Park to admire the sandstone carvings and sculptures at Bethesda Terrace, a bi-level area with a fountain that overlooks The Lake.
Phone: +1 (212) 310-6600
- Strawberry Fields (24.8 miles)
Dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, this area of Central Park is named for the Beatles’ famous song. Linger in this peaceful spot to reflect on the mosaic memorial, which is shaded by American elms and surrounded by park benches.
- Cunard Building (25.3 miles)
Don’t miss the spectacular architecture and vaulted interior of the 22-story Cunard Building. Stop and marvel at the intricate murals of mythical and historical figures on the ceilings in the central dome.
- Liberty Island (35.2 miles)
No trip to the Big Apple would be complete without a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. Visit the pedestal or climb up to the crown, and then stop by the museum to learn more about the colossal Lady Liberty.
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