Get Jazzed About the Louis Armstrong House Museum!

The NYC landmark is adding new concerts and exhibits.

The end of summer and the beginning of fall usher in some of the best months to discover all the things to do in Queens. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a great year-round family-friendly attraction in Queens.

This landmark Queens' museum is continually coming up with new exhibits, which celebrate and educate the whole family on the rich cultural legacy of Satchmo's brilliant life. It has been designated as a National Historic Landmark as well as a New York City Landmark. The school group tours offered by the museum meet New York State and New York City Learning Standards. Family members of all ages will enjoy expanding their cultural knowledge and appreciation.

Louis Armstrong House Museum

The museum also hosts concert events throughout the year, and they have added another great concert for the end of August. The Queens Jazz Heritage Concert with Dennis Lichtman and his Queensboro Six takes place Saturday, August 29, 2015. This concert celebrates many of the borough's pioneers of jazz. The sounds of Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Clarence Williams, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Bix Biederbecke and John Coltrane will be featured as well as a tribute to the immortal Satchmo's legacy. The magic of the downbeat starts at 2 p.m., and the afternoon will be swinging.

Another special exhibit is running now through October 4. Red Beans and Ricely Yours: Louis Armstrong and Food shares Satchmo's great love of fabulous cuisine. You will see some of Lucille's special recipes, photographs, menus and other souvenirs from around the world.

The Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport welcomes jazz lovers, and we hope you can catch one of the great concerts at the museum. We invite you to enjoy our luxurious accommodations and start your museum day out right with a comfortable night’s sleep. It’s also the perfect place to unwind after spending time at the museum. For more information, visit our website.

Watch the New York Mets Fight for the Playoffs!



NY Baseball is heating up as the Mets aim for the World Series.

The New York Mets are in a battle for first place in the National League East and look to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Backed by young star pitchers Jacob DeGrom and Matt Harvey, the Mets have been on fire with one of the best home records in Major League Baseball. Don't miss your chance to catch a NY Mets home game in the last months of the regular season.

Autumn in New York is famous for the changing leaves and crisp fall weather, and the conditions are perfect for baseball at Citi Field. Home series remain against divisional rivals like the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves, and a Subway Series against the New York Yankees will be a September highlight. The Mets close their season against their closest competition, the Washington Nationals. These games will be electric!

Baseball fans can grab their favorite snack and cheer on the home team while enjoying the beautiful late summer weather. After the game, be sure to check out the exciting nightlife and other things to do in Queens. Talk about the latest victory at the area's numerous bars and restaurants or argue about that controversial call while strolling along one of the many parks.

The Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport is located less than ten minutes from Citi Field and is convenient for travelers coming in and out of LaGuardia Airport. With amenities like free wireless Internet, plush bedding, a fitness center and outdoor pool, we invite you to stay with us during your trip to New York. The Big Apple Bar and Grille is located in the lobby of our hotel, allowing you to enjoy a great meal before heading out to the game.

Find Your Ideal Queens' Venue

Discover premium meeting space in Queens at the Courtyard LaGuardia.

New York is a city rife with business of all kinds. It is often difficult to find meeting venues in Queens, and if you are part of a faith-based organization, it can be even more difficult to find the right meeting space for the right cost.

Queens Meeting Venue

However, when you book at the Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport, you can discover the benefits of choosing us as your event venue. We offer special deals for faith-based organizations, including Double Marriott Rewards Points, discount parking and rental-free rooms when you purchase food and drinks for 50 or more people.

We can even arrange for custom reservations. When you or a representative contacts us, we will work with you to determine what room size is best for you. We can also suggest food and beverage choices, as we offer everything from light snacks and drinks to full catering services with delicious dishes on the menu.

Our helpful staff will work with you and answer any questions you may have. We are committed to working with faith-based organizations, and we offer spaces ideal for prayer services and meetings, pastoral commemorative events, choir group rehearsals and performances, Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs. Our service can accommodate retreats for groups of any size, including couples' groups, singles' groups and men and women's retreats. If you are hosting an event for those who are out of town, we are conveniently located near the LaGuardia airport, making travel even easier for your party of guests.

If you want a glimpse of the venues available before you book, visit our hotel's webite to get a look at what rooms might be best for you. With our accommodating services and amenities, we are committed to making your special occasion in Queens the site of your most successful event yet.

Participants Are Gearing Up for Making Strides of Queens!

This fun charity walk in Queens will celebrate breast cancer survivors while raising awareness.

If you're looking for an exciting way to make a huge difference in the lives of those who have been diagnosed with cancer, Making Strides of Queens is a way for you to contribute to the fight to end breast cancer. As one of the many fun things to do in Queens, this fundraising event is one of the largest breast cancer awareness walks in the nation. The community of Queens has come together to help end breast cancer by fundraising and participating in this fun and supportive walk.

You can help the American Cancer Society save lives, and help those who are currently battling a breast cancer diagnosis, by taking part in this special event this October. Join in on the fight to raise awareness and aid in the prevention of breast cancer by signing up for this charity walk. Grab some friends and family members to create a supportive team and help encourage each other to finish this breast cancer awareness walk!

Making Strides of Queens

The walk talks place October 18, 2015 at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, the fourth largest public park in New York City. The walk will take you through the sprawling, lush grounds of the park, past the Queens Museum of Art and around the exotic Queens Wildlife Center. After crossing the finish line, you can celebrate your awesome accomplishments and contributions by relaxing and interacting with other participants. There will be a fun and exciting celebratory gathering with live entertainment, refreshments and snacks for all participants!

The Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport hopes that the Making Strides of Queens, NY will be a huge success in raising funds and awareness!

See the Latest Modern Art Exhibitions at MoMa PS1

MoMa is one of the most family friendly attractions in Queens this summer.

If you are looking for things to do in Queens, one of your best options is to visit MoMa PS1, which is affiliated with the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. At this fun and educational museum, both children and adults can see some of the most exciting works of contemporary art and a variety of special events. If you plan to visit this summer, you should take advantage of the Warm Up music series that is held on Saturdays in MoMa PS1's courtyard. The following Warm Up 2015 events are scheduled for August and September:

  • August 1: Live music from Gavin Russom and Bob Moses; Recordings of Tiga, Frank & Tony and Jaakko Eino Kalevi
  • August 8: Live music from Atom; DJ set by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs; Recordings by Moritz von Oswald, Jlin, Rabit and Dorian Concept
  • August 15: Live music from Untold, Cut Hands and Vessel; Recorded music of Brodinski and French Fries b2b
  • August 22: Live music from Laraaji; DJ set by Andres; Recordings of Hashman Deejay, Kyle Hall and Pender Street Steppers
  • August 29: Live music by Dawn; DJ set by Matias Aguayo; Recordings of False Witness, Murlo, Kingdom and DJ Windows 98
  • September 5: To be announced


If you are looking for a suitable hotel in Queens near the MoMa, consider the Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport Hotel. Aside from offering complimentary shuttle service back and forth from the airport, our hotel is equally comfortable for families on vacation and business travelers. Equipped with amenities like a sundeck, a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi, you'll be close to many of Queens' most interesting attractions. After enjoying the Queens Zoo at Flushing Meadow Park or a Mets game at Citi Field during baseball season, catch live music at the MoMa this summer.


Queens Botanical Garden Is a Cultural Cascade of Fun

Family friendly attractions in Queens are ready and waiting to be checked out.

No matter where your interests lie, there's always something to do when you come to the Queens Botanical Garden. Getting a chance to walk through this area offers a unique example of the serenity and beauty of nature when you're looking for things to do in Queens.

Some of the activities at the garden include floral demonstrations, Children's Garden Summer Sessions, farmers markets that take place every Friday and tours of the farms where locals have been able to grow plenty of delicious produce and craft environmentally friendly solutions such as compost.

Queens Botanical Garden

Other topics that may pique the interests of adults and children alike are the art exhibits held throughout the year or the Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch that's held in the weeks leading up to Halloween.

Coming up this summer, adults will be able to participate in the second annual Botanical Brew Fest, set for Saturday, July 25. Ticket buyers will be able to sample both local and international craft beers, expertly made by breweries that are looking for creative ways to entice those who love their beer.

Whether you're driving in from out of town or flying into LaGuardia Airport, the Botanical Garden is a great place to visit that could take a few days to fully absorb. The Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport is perfectly situated when you want to conveniently explore the area. 

2015 US Open Coming Soon to Queens!

The ultimate tennis experience in Queens comes the first week of September.

The United States Open Tennis Championships is returning to the courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Each year, one of the largest summer events in Queens, New York, features the tennis championships of the Open, including men's and women's singles and doubles, mixed doubles and other tournaments for juniors, seniors and even wheelchair-bound players.

US Open

The US Open is operated by the United States Tennis Association, a non-profit that donates all proceeds to tennis foundations in the United States. The players compete for a total of over $35,000,000 in prize money, and each year's pot is larger than the last. This makes for great spectating, as athletes feel the heat of competition and prestige rides on each serve. The action kicks off with the Men's and Women's first rounds on Monday, August 31, 2015, and the finals are hosted two weeks later, on the 11th, 12th and 13th of September.

Tennis is an increasingly popular sport and the Open is one of the biggest family friendly events in Queens, accommodating over 700,000 attendees each year. The Arthur Ashe Stadium seats over 22,000 people and is the main venue for matches at the center. Enjoy the sights of an exciting tennis match from any seat in this spacious stadium, or take the opportunity to tour the city and experience other fun events in Queens during the tennis season.

The Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport is your choice for comfortable lodging when you come watch exciting games featured at the Open. Our free shuttle runs to the airport twenty-four hours a day, which makes getting in and out of town a breeze. Relax amid stylish décor and comfortable amenities. We offer the area's only outdoor swimming pool and sundeck, and, with 288 rooms, we're sure to have a great fit for you. Book your room today!

Arthur Ashe Kids Day - Tennis and Entertainment

Huge grassroots tennis day lets kids mingle with greats

If you're looking for family friendly events in Queens over the summer, you'll most likely love Arthur Ashe Kids Day. This event is perfect for kids who play tennis and those who simply love to be entertained. Hosted on August 29 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Arthur Ashe Kids Day brings together celebrities, tennis stars and families who love the game.

This day is undoubtedly one of the most exciting summer events in Queens, and it's easy to see why. Entire families can play tennis for fun and win prizes, or then they can relax and watch tennis stars practice. Past stars who attended include Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, and Rafael Nadal.

Arthur Ashe Kids Day

Plenty of kids love free entertainment, and the day concludes with a free concert by a rising musical star. Celebrities like Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, Rihanna and Britney Spears have all performed at this event. Other activities offered include hair braiding, face painting, storytelling, professional jugglers and more.

Proceeds from the event go to support the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network, which was founded by tennis star and philanthropist Arthur Ashe.

When you're in town for this and other events in Queens, finding a place to stay that's close by can be a challenge. When you stay with us at Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport, you're staying right at a central transportation hub, making it convenient to get to the event and to virtually anywhere in New York. We offer a relaxing environment where you can kick back, get work done, or both. Take advantage of our free Wi-Fi and enjoy delicious meals at our onsite hotel grill and bar. When you stay with us, you're choosing a community that can help you make the best of your time in this great city.

Amazing Dragon Boat Festival in New York

Dragon Boat Festival NY

Feast your eyes on pure entertainment with this yearly cultural festival in Queens.

Where else can you see tap dancers and dragon boats in Queens? August 8 and 9, 2015, is the time to attend the annual Dragon Boat Festival in New York. This weekend celebration brings Hong Kong's tradition to America, giving everyone a chance to delight in this amazing show of nautical achievement. Be there on Saturday and Sunday to see the festivities as they emerge on stage in Flushing Meadows Park.

More than 200 teams from across the globe will gather in Queens to compete on the beautiful NYC lake. Spectators will have fun cheering on their favorite team at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival as the colorful boats with dedicated rowers race across the water. The event will take place rain or shine, so be sure to dress and pack appropriately.

In addition to the races, there are many things to do at the festival including waking up your taste buds and satisfying your hunger in the international food court, witnessing the martial arts demonstrations, and sitting back to enjoy the music and dance performances by artists from around the world.

If you will be coming from out of town for the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, visit the Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport website to find the perfect room for you and the family. We offer all the comforts of home with plush pillows, Revive bedding and large flat screen televisions to wind down your day.

Stage Your Dream Nuptials at a Queens Wedding Venue

Celebrate your marriage at a beautiful hotel in Queens, New York.

If you're looking for a unique and affordable wedding venue, Queens is an ideal location for your nuptials with exciting wedding locations such as the Courtyard New York LaGuardia hotel. Whether you're planning an intimate wedding for 30 or an affair with over 600 guests, your Queens wedding venue provides the right atmosphere for your celebration. At our hotel, you will have the right environment to treat your guests to a spectacular event. Dream wedding don't just happen; they are planned. Hiring the best wedding planners Queens has to offer will ensure that everything is arranged to make your ceremony the best it can be.


We pride ourselves in offering a wedding venue that surpasses your expectations. Our keen attention to every detail helps us provide a memorable wedding event. The exquisite settings coupled with personalized service and style create the right mood for your marriage ceremony and reception.

We understand that every event is different, so we work closely with you to design a seating plan in the perfect space for your special occasion. We will tailor our venue to match your needs whether you're planning for a large group or a small number of guests. We handle all flowers, rentals and catering options carefully to ensure that every detail is prepared for your special wedding reception in Queens.

Located near LaGuardia International Airport and only 8 miles from Midtown Manhattan, the Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport hotel is the best venue for your dream wedding in Queens because it makes travel simple for you and all guests. Explore our website to see the amenities we offer and contact our staff today to get started planning.