New York layovers at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) leave plenty to do for passengers stuck both inside and outside the airport. As the hub for American Eagle and a future hub for Delta, the airport is the smallest of New York’s three airports. Located in Queens on Long Island, the airport is roughly 8 miles from downtown Manhattan, which makes the city an accessible destination for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your LaGuardia layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the LaGuardia airport during your New York layover, there’s plenty to do while you wait for your connecting flight. Here’s a map of the airport to help you get situated. Food and beverages, shops, ATM and banking as well as additional services are listed here by location. There are Internet Stations post-security at Gate D3, a post office pre-security near baggage claim B, and you can page someone pre-security at the Arrivals Ground Transportation Counter.
There are a number of hotels by the airport including the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel which is located 3 miles from the airport (connected with a shuttle). For a full list of New York hotels at varying price points, click here, and for a list of hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
All luggage storage facilities have been suspended at the airport. Layover Guide suggests trying to book your luggage through to your final destination, or in the case that you cannot, you can always get a cheap hotel room to store your bags. Some hotels may offer hourly rates, upon request.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport for a long layover, there’s a number of transportation options. Taxis are available in front of all terminals. Sample fares from LaGuardia to upper lower Manhattan costs $24-28 and to see a full sample quote list, click here. Car rental and van service is also available, and there is public transportation (buses and trains) also available – click here for more information. Private transfers can also be booked.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A New York Layover (for Overnight NY layovers, click here):
New York Tours
There are so many New York tours to choose from – you can book New York cultural tours to museums, Ground Zero, and the Statue of Liberty, or take a trip above the skyline with helicopter tours, book show tickets to Broadway, cruises, and tons more! Also, with the New York City Explorer Pass you can get access to over 50 top attractions, tours and activities.
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, to visit where roughly 12 million immigrants entered the United States. The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is a great place to learn about the history of Ellis Island. There are security checks, so make sure you don’t have any sharp objects. Don’t miss the audio tour at Ellis Island – it’s full of interesting history. You can check out ferry times and locations here.
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
It’s hard not to visit New York without remembering the tragic attack on September 11, 2001. Head through the Financial District to Ground Zero to visit the location where the twin towers stood. It may surprise you how big the space was — about 12 million square feet. Check out the Ground Zero Museum Workshop.
Nothing says New York like Broadway. There are dozens of different types of shows to watch, including musicals, dramas, comedies, and so much more. Book ahead online here.
New York is known for their pizza, and for those who love a slice, there’s no better way to spend your day then trying the best pizza in the city. These tours include a great selection of New York pizza, as well as visits to the city’s top pizzerias.
Central Park is a great way to enjoy New York’s biggest park. You can enter the park at 59th and check out all the artists. Inside the park you can ride the carousel, skate at Wollman rink, visit the zoo, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, see Strawberry Fields and you can’t miss the ducks at the pond. You can also stop for a bite at the boathouse. Click here for Central Park bike and pedicab tours.
Rockefeller Center & Home Of The Rock Observation Deck
Rockefeller Center is where you’ll find the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, as well as shopping, restaurants, the NBC Studio Tour and the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center. If you need a quick view of New York, the observation deck is much less crowded than the Empire State Building, yet has great views. It is a 3-tiered observation deck on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors and you can enter on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue.
Empire State Building
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