A Guide to Unusual Places to Visit in Jamaica New York

November 21, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

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Jamaica, New York is only 15 miles from Manhattan and part of Queens, one of the largest of the 5 boroughs of New York. Jamaica, close to John F. Kennedy Airport and the New York Subway is popular for business travel and Long Island visitors. Finding hotels in Jamaica near attractions is easy. Additionally, if you want to stay near the airport, you’ll find the Sheraton JFK and the Courtyard by Marriott JFK convenient options. If you are looking to see some off-the-cuff places in Jamaica, stay farther away from Manhattan to find hotel prices that are more affordable.

See Lyndhurst Mansion

Built in 1838 this country villa overlooks the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY. The mansion will take your breath away. Styled in a gothic design, three families shaped it into what it is today. You can visit the grounds for concerts, live theatre, events on the expansive lawn, exhibits, and lectures. Go on a one hour guided tour where you will see the furnishings and lifestyles of past inhabitants. The tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for children 6-14. The budget-friendly Best Western is located nearby. 

Visit Prospect Cemetery

The Prospect Cemetery is one of the few remaining Colonial cemeteries left in Queens, NY and is a reminder of the early history and culture of the families who lived there long ago. Some of the earliest tombstones date back to 1668.  To get a better feel for the graveyard, take the walking tour.  While you’re there, why not take a picture of a monument or two then look up the history of that person?

Play in Flushing Meadows Park

If you’re looking for something active to do, go to Flushing Meadows Park. The park offers trails for walking, hiking, and biking. During your exploration, you’ll find the symbol of Queens, a massive globe dating back to the World’s Fair of 1964 and a gorgeous representation of world peace.  Made of steel with the continents placed strategically for balance, the globe can be seen from far away. Spend the day, bring a picnic, have a barbecue, or just chill out. If you’re looking for a cheap hotel, try the Comfort Inn Flushing or Howard Johnson Flushing since both are close to the park.

Taste Regional Foods at Jamaica Farmer’s Market

From June to November, you can connect with nature and enjoy the regional harvest of Jamaica. Each week, there’s a variety of produce, specialty foods like sauces and salsa, flowers, and dairy to choose from. The local vendors get together to bring you the best of the area, so watch a cooking demonstration, listen to music, or try a yoga class, all of which offer a different twist on a local farmer’s market.

Of course, you can choose to go into Manhattan to see Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, or other major attractions and stay in affordable hotels like the Lexington Inn or search online for more budget-friendly hotels with Hipmunk.com.