South Ozone Park, part of the larger Ozone Park area of Queens, New York, is curiously named, given that it's in the eastern part of the neighborhood. Nevertheless, South Ozone Park hotels are conveniently situated for anyone who wants to see the sights of Queens and its next-door neighbor, Brooklyn, without having to travel too far. Within a reasonable distance of South Ozone Park, you can be strolling along sandy beaches, kayaking in a marine park, or perusing world-class art inside some of the best museums in the city.
South Ozone Park is less than 3 miles from John F. Kennedy International Airport, and easily accessible from the airport via taxis or the JFK Airtrain service, which will take you to Howard Beach. From there it's a quick subway ride to the South Ozone Park subway station at the Aqueduct Racetrack, the only racetrack in New York City. The racetrack offers seasonal (late-October to April) thoroughbred racing, as well as a casino, and marks the western boundary of South Ozone Park. With South Ozone Park car rentals, you'll be able to drive along the neighborhood's main thoroughfare, Rockaway Boulevard, to the Rockaway Peninsula. Here you can go surfing, enjoy sandy beaches, see rows of historic beachfront bungalows, and explore the remains of Fort Tilden, an abandoned military fortress dating back to World War I.
Alternatively, take the Belt Parkway east to Coney Island, another beach destination. Its amusement parks include historic and contemporary thrill rides, and it's also home to the New York Aquarium. When you tell the family you're taking them to a New York hotel, they won't be expecting a beach vacation. But on a sunny day you can hit the beaches along the south coast of Queens in the daytime, and retire to hotels in South Ozone Park NY at night.
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