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JFK layover ideas?

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JFK layover ideas?

We arrive on international flight 10:30am on a Thurdsay Sept. 14 and depart domestically at 6:45pm the same day. I realize there will be time needed to clear customs and we need to be at the airport prior to departure and rush hour traffic on the return. But it seems there is time to sneak out and see/do something nearby.

Of course I am not thinking of Time Square or SOL. But maybe something like the World's Fair site or tour of Citi field (our date does not show on schedule as of now) or something else nearby? We are in our low 50's and very capable of walking and like to get out and see things when we can. I think our checked luggage bags will/can be rechecked right away and we wont have much for carry on bags.

Thank you, as your input / suggestions is appreciated.


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1. Re: JFK layover ideas?

Citifield tours only show 30 days out I think. We are booked in for one a week today.

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2. Re: JFK layover ideas?

Citifield and Flushing Meadow Park are right next to each other.

The park contains the World's Fair sites, including the http://www.queensmuseum.org/ (which is currently open on Wed to Sun 11 to 5) and contains the Panorama which is fun. You can walk around the park to see the Unisphere and the outside of the NY State Pavilion, Tennis Center, etc..

it is also one stop (or not a terribly long walk) on the 7 train from Flushing, which is has a lot of good Asian restaurants and some noteworthy historic sites https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763…

Getting to/from JFK is not that straightforward by public transit, it's not a long distance so a cab wouldn't be that expensive

For the return to the airport, Yellow cabs are less available in that area, green Boro cabs (which are legal for street hails and the same metered price nyc.gov/html/…shl_passenger.shtml ) are more likely to be found. Or have the number for a car service such as Dial 7 or Carmel or use Lyft/Uber.

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3. Re: JFK layover ideas?

If you don't have enough time to get to Flushing Meadow http://kingmanor.org/ is walking distance from the Jamaica Airtrain station. The area has some shops and food, but more on the fast food side.

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4. Re: JFK layover ideas?

A couple of additional ideas (in addition to the very good ones above):

-Take the Airtrain from Jamaica and then the E train to Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Av, and walk around in that area to experience some of NYC's incredible diversity (and maybe have lunch or at least a snack - tons of interesting food options everywhere you turn).

- Take a Manhattan-bound 7 train from Jackson Heights (a different part of the same station) for a view of the Manhattan skyline. At Grand Central, you could turn around and head back, or go into the main part of the station for a look around. If there's time, you could continue on to Bryant Park or even Times Square.

As long as you keep an eye on the clock and are realistic about time (which it sounds as though you are), I definitely think you have time to do a little exploring during your layover.

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