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October 2017

Check Out NYC’s Best Ice Rinks

Another fall/winter season is here, and that means it’s time to partake in all the fun traditions that go with it. Luckily, for ice skating, there are a whole lot of options all over the city where you can lace up your skates and sail over the ice.

Ice Skating in NYC: A Beloved Fall/Winter Tradition

Take a spin on one of NYC’s ice rinks – they’re all around the city.

SPORTS_ICESKATING_ice-skate-on-lake-in-winter_JAN-2015The Bryant Park Ice Rink

The Ice Rink at Bryant Park is fast becoming a beloved New York tradition. It’s the only rink in the city with free admission, and it’s surrounded by the lights, sights, sounds and smells of the Bryant Park Winter Village.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

When talking about ice rinks in NYC, you can’t leave out an iconic destination. Rockefeller Center’s rink is crowned by the presence of its magnificent Christmas tree and is minutes away from Times Square and other famous locations.

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

Skate in all types of weather at the indoor Sky Rink. It’s the perfect place to practice your moves. While you’re here, explore the surrounding Chelsea Piers area.

Wollman Rink in Central Park

Skate amid the beauty of Central Park, an oasis in the urban jungle, at Wollman Rink. After fun on the ice, take a spin on the nearby carousel.

Ice skating in NYC is a fun fall/winter tradition. Get your fill while you stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Celebrate Halloween at Queens Zoo – Boo at the Zoo

Queens Zoo provides a little bit of the wild right in the city. Escape to a natural world teeming with tropical birds, eagles, pumas, coyotes, buffalo, bears, and more.

This Halloween, visit these marvelous creatures for spooky fun at Boo at the Zoo happening on Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Halloween in Queens: Zip Over to Boo at the Zoo

Black drawing of a bat with orange words reading Boo At The Zoo

Boo at the Zoo is the zoo’s yearly Halloween celebration. The animals will get fun treats, and you’ll enjoy face painting and crafting with your whole family. Plus, the zoo’s Haunted Trail is a fun way to get spooked.

Animal Exhibits

Some of the animals you’ll find at the zoo include tiny deer (called pudu), American bison, bald eagles, Andean bear, pronghorns, Canadian lynx, and more on the Animal Trail. You’ll also see domestic animals like Flemish giant rabbits, sheep, cows, and longhorns. Don’t forget the playful sea lions in the Sea Lion Pool!

Ticket Information

You can visit the zoo and enjoy Halloween in Queens with general admission – adults 13 and older are $8, kids $5, seniors $6, and kids 2 and under receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or when you arrive at the gate.

Visit the zoo for Halloween and book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Get Caffeinated at the New York Coffee Festival

Coffee lovers and aficionados: Get ready for the New York Coffee Festival, a three-day event featuring food, music, art, and, of course, lots and lots of coffee.

Raise a Mug (or To-Go Cup) at Metropolitan Pavilion

New YorkCoffeeFestivalDate, Time, and Location

The event is set for Friday – Sunday, October 13-15, 2017 at Metropolitan Pavilion. Sessions will be held at different times each day.

On Friday, attend the afternoon trade session starting at 2 p.m. On Saturday, there will be morning, afternoon, and late sessions starting at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, the morning session is scheduled at 9:30 a.m., while the afternoon event will start at 1:00 p.m.

Charitable Information

All proceeds from this coffee lover’s event will go toward Project Waterfall. This initiative is all about helping people in developing countries get safe drinking water.

What to Expect

This NY Coffee Festival celebrates NYC’s fantastic specialty coffee scene. You’ll find barista demonstrations, artisan coffee tastings, gourmet food stalls, coffee cocktails, workshops, live music, and more. Your ticket for one three-hour event also includes unlimited free coffee!

For a coffee lover’s dream weekend, attend the festival and book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


NYC Museums Offer Unique Visual Journeys

For some culture and a taste of New York City’s thriving art scene, pay a visit to NYC museums. These world-class institutions are so packed with great attractions for you to see, do, and discover that you might need to set aside an afternoon or an entire day to experience it all.

Visit One of NYC’s Top Museums

New York City is known for its museums. Here are some of the top institutions to add to your list.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

This museum is devoted to showcasing thought-provoking, exceptional contemporary and modern art. Here, you’ll find everything from Max Ernst to Frank Lloyd Wright to early examples of the Impressionist movement.

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

If you’re interested in the history of life here on earth, the AMNH will not disappoint. Exhibits range from exploring Egyptian tombs to diving deep below the ocean’s surface. You can also discover the universe, birds in flight, butterflies, and animals from the earliest pages of human history.

The Guggenheim

Get going to the Guggenheim to see more world-class examples of fine modern and contemporary art. Sculpture, paintings, video, photography, and more, as well as names like Picasso, Kandinsky, Gaugin, and Pollock await you.

To take a tour of these fabulous centers for art and culture, and to see more of NYC, book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.