The 10 Best Things to Do in Ridgewood, United States

September 13, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Discover the best top things to do in Ridgewood, United States including Manhattan Skyline, Louis Armstrong House Museum, Gantry Plaza State Park, Cinemart Cinemas, US Open, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the Moving Image, USTA National Tennis Center, The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Bushwick Collective Street Art.
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1. Manhattan Skyline

New York City, NY
Excellent
82%
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5 based on 17 reviews

Manhattan Skyline

Reviewed By shanemoore2018 - New York City, New York

Just looking at the Manhattan Skyline makes me proud to be a Newyorker. The size of the building never fail to impress.

2. Louis Armstrong House Museum

3456 107th St, Corona, NY 11368-1226 +1 718-478-8274
Excellent
79%
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5 based on 153 reviews

Louis Armstrong House Museum

The legacy of the legendary jazz instrumentalist and vocalist, Louis Armstrong, is preserved at this Queens museum.

Reviewed By Samiha A - Brooklyn, New York

Visiting this museum was a very sweet and informative experience. A guided tour (offered in Spanish, too) is required, but will give you a very intimate glance into Armstrong and his wife Lucille's life in their humble house. From original furniture to audio recordings of the couple themselves telling stories of each room, you'll feel like you're walking around the home of a really cool relative that you really like.

3. Gantry Plaza State Park

409 47th Rd, Long Island City, NY 11101-5509 +1 718-786-6385
Excellent
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5 based on 363 reviews

Gantry Plaza State Park

Reviewed By Alyson W - Oakland, Maryland

We were visiting over Christmas holiday and took a walk down to the park. It is very well kept, clean and felt safe. The Queensborough bridge lights were beautiful with the church bells ringing in the back ground seemed almost magical. Would like to return when it's a bit warmer and stay longer.

4. Cinemart Cinemas

10603 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375-6739 +1 718-261-2043
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Cinemart Cinemas

Reviewed By Donald S - New York City, New York

This is a fairly small neighborhood theater. It was renovated not long ago and offers comfortable leather recliners with a lot of space between rows. If you can get the front row, go for it. It is like being in a private theater. The restroom are clean. Typical movie goer fare. It is located on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills near a wide variety of coffee shops and restaurants. The theater does not have parking so you may have to hunt around a bit. Plan on a two block walk since there is more parking at that distance from Metropolitan - especially to the south. Very reasonable prices as well.

5. US Open

Flushing Meadow Corona Park, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing, NY 11368 +1 718-760-6363
Excellent
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

US Open

Each year in the week before and after Labor Day, all eyes in the tennis world are on the USA for the prestigious US Open tournament. The last of the four major international events in professional tennis, the stakes are high, particularly if any home court players or teams are closing in on a 'Grand Slam' win at all four events. Ticket prices run up into the thousands for the most coveted seats, but for a die-hard fan, it is worth it for the chance to see the top athletes in the sport up close.

Reviewed By Reyanne S

No Roger Federer but had a wonderful time. Staff were helpful, beautiful grounds and lots to see and explore.
Merchandise were limited as most sold out before...
Transport to and from was easy with the subway! Good food and drinks!
I'll be back in 2018 to see Roger!

6. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave, New York City, NY 10028-0198 +1 212-535-7710
Excellent
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5 based on 47 reviews

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

At New York City's most visited museum and attraction, you will experience over 5,000 years of art from around the world. The Met is for anyone as a source of inspiration, insight and understanding. You can learn, escape, play, dream, discover, connect.

Reviewed By Kerrie C

I’m not a huge fan of art galleries but I can imagine if this is your thing you will love it. Lots of great displays, sculptures, portraits, landscapes and modern art. Maps available to help navigate this museum with ease. Spent an hour here but you could spend much much longer. Audio guides are available.

7. Museum of the Moving Image

3601 35th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106-1226 +1 718-777-6888
Excellent
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4.5 based on 562 reviews

Museum of the Moving Image

The only museum in the United States that is devoted exclusively to the history, art and technology of movies, television and video.

Reviewed By Charles L

My family went there out of the way coz we read from a tour book saying it as a top new attractions for families. Man it was so wrong. The place is definitely not kids-friendly. Our kids, 12 and 8, finished the museum in under one hour. There are a few interesting exhibits. But most of museum is boring, dark, spooky, or even scary for children. One video exhibit even has animated porn! Workers there are very unfriendly. Not going back any time soon. And I will NOT recommend it to any friend with kids. Not worth the money and time to get there.

8. USTA National Tennis Center

Flushing Meadow Park, Flushing, NY 11368 +1 718-760-6200
Excellent
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4.5 based on 382 reviews

USTA National Tennis Center

Once known as the U.S. National Championships, the US Open originated as a single men’s tournament held solely for entertainment purposes back in 1881. Not long after, women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles also became a part of the growing annual tradition.

Reviewed By Tom D - New York City, New York, Usa

My wife is the Tennis fan and I surprised her with tickets to the Women's Finals.

We decided last minute to go on Labor Day too and bought General Admission Tickets.
i went against the the grain and did not buy the parking pass/permit. We traveled in and followed the parking signs and parked with ease for $25 in Flushing Meadow park the first day and took a luxurious shuttle bus to the venue. During the women's finals we parked closer to CitiField and crossed the bridge to gain access that day.

The General Admission tickets did not give us access to Arthur Ashe Stadium but we were able to watch the matches on TV screens all over the Center and at the Bar. General Admission also prevents you from sitting closer to the courts at the Grandstand, temporary Louis Armstrong stadium and the other bigger courts but there is general admission seating.

We downloaded the US Open app which was very informative and a big help navigating the grounds. There are a variety of sit down restaurants and also a food court area with a variety of options and picnic table type seating. We chose Mojito Restaurant/Bar and sat at the bar to avoid waiting for a table.

If there is a match you want to watch and you did not buy seats for that specific court, I suggest you get there a match or two early to get a spot. We hit the grandstand for a match and it was standing room only and people were standing 4 or 5 deep so we could not see anything.

Our visit during the women's finals gave us nose bleed seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium but we were inside! The view of the court was actually good that high. There are Jumbotrons to see the little details and the replays.

The cost wasn't that bad +/- $320 for 2 tickets via Stub Hub. The day of the event, there were still tickets available and they were cheaper then what I payed. If you want to roll the dice and take a chance wait till the last minute for cheaper ticket prices.

Souvenirs/Signature Drinks are plentiful and all over the place, If one store or kiosk is packed, walk a little and you'll find the same items at the next place with a smaller or no line.

The crowds were polite and the experience was great. If I still live in NY next year, I'd definitely do it again.

9. The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum

180 Greenwich St, World Trade Center, New York City, NY 10007-0089 +1 212-312-8800
Excellent
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Through commemoration, exhibitions and educational programs, The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, a nonprofit in New York City, remembers and honors the 2,983 people killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, as well as those who risked their lives to save others and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath of the attacks.

Reviewed By Nicolle_H11 - Derbyshire, United Kingdom

This place really hits home with the impact that was suffered that day. Just visiting the memorial itself is an experience but the museum goes into great detail. It had all been done with class and the way they show tribute too the people that tragically died that was very respectful, to the extend that when it is someone's birthday they put a while rose in there name on the memorial, a lovely touch that I am sure the family will appreciate. I would definitely recommend visiting and the museum too and not to rush through it, its a lot to take in.

10. Bushwick Collective Street Art

Corner of St. Nicholas Av and Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Excellent
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5 based on 163 reviews

Bushwick Collective Street Art

Reviewed By 27susie - Dundee, United Kingdom

We walked all around this area, and if you check sometimes the artist open there studios. The art is varied and is absolutely amazing. We stopped for lunch at a local bar, and spent around 2 hours taking over 100 photos.

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