Destination guide

Tour the globe without leaving the city

The largest of New York City's five boroughs, Queens is one of the most ethnically diverse urban areas in the world. In one compact area you'll find Asian, Italian, African, Irish, Caribbean, and Hispanic neighborhoods, as well as prominent Greek and Chinese communities (much to the delight of foodies everywhere). The top-notch food is rivaled only by the world-class museums, art, and sporting events. Your GPS will come in handy for finding your Queens vacation rental, as the street naming can be confusing -- even real New Yorkers still get lost here, even though they'll never admit it.

Things to do

From world-class art to World's Fair nostalgia

Chances are you'll recognize Queens from your TV, thanks in large part to the 1964 World's Fair structures in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Most famous are the glittering Unisphere globe sculpture and the iconic towers (you might know them as the spaceships from "Men in Black"), but the grounds also house the hands-on New York Hall of Science. The Museum of the Moving Image is a must-see for movie buffs. For modern art, head to MoMA PS1, set in a former public school, or Socrates Sculpture Park along the East River in Long Island City, which offers some killer Manhattan skyline views to boot.


Whatever you're craving, you won't leave hungry

New York is famously a walking city, which is helpful when you need to work off the stellar dim sum in Flushing, or the Greek food in Astoria. If hot dogs are more your style, grab one at Citi Field while you take in a baseball game or concert. For more sporting action, come in summer for the annual US Open tennis tournament. Rockaway Beach is a local favorite for sunbathing, surfing, and beating the sweltering summer heat in the cool Atlantic waters. Save some time to indulge in a pampering treatment at the sprawling Spa Castle.


A rollercoaster of seasons in the city

When it comes to weather, Queens sees it all. Summers are hot and humid, with high temps from June to September in the 80s and 90s, and possibly even the triple digits. Winters aren't as frigid as in some of the surrounding areas, but you'll still see plenty of snow and below-freezing temperatures from December through February, and even the occasional blizzard. Spring and fall are the most pleasant seasons, but also the most unpredictable, with extreme swings in weather from day to day. To be on the safe side, check the forecast before heading to your Queens vacation rental.

Natural features

Living that big city life

It's no secret that space is at a premium in New York City, and centrally located Queens vacation rental will give you a true taste of cozy city life. Located on the far western end of Long Island, most of the borough's green space comes in the form of city parks. For more room to move, head to the East River waterfront or the sandy beaches of the Rockaways. Jamaica Bay is home to a few small islands and the Gateway National Recreation Area of New York Harbor, but the best wildlife viewing is the people watching.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Queens

Fly into New York, NY (JFK-John F. Kennedy Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into New York, NY (LGA-LaGuardia), which is 6.5 mi (10.4 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Jamaica Station, Kew Gardens Station and Jamaica St. Albans Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around Queens by catching a ride on the metro at Ozone Park Lefferts Blvd. Station, Sutphin Blvd. Station or Archer Av. Station.

Where to stay around Queens?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,367 vacation rentals near Queens. From 725 Houses to 3,870 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Queens for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Queens?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Queens:

  • Manhattan: 3,242 vacation rentals
  • Brooklyn: 1,073 vacation rentals
  • Midtown: 1,107 vacation rentals
  • Upper West Side: 559 vacation rentals
  • Hell's Kitchen: 1,124 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Queens?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Queens. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Flushing Meadows-Corona Park: 5,894 vacation rentals
  • Citi Field: 5,893 vacation rentals
  • St. John's University: 5,812 vacation rentals
  • USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center: 5,896 vacation rentals
  • Queens Museum of Art: 5,901 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Queens listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Queens?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 725 Houses in Queens. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Queens include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 3,870 rentals available
  • Studios: 3,886 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 201 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Queens?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 397 vacation rentals with pool available in Queens. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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