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Reserve your place in history on June 7-9 at the 2018 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. This year marks the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, the oldest of the three Triple Crown races dubbed “The Test of the Champion.” Whether coming for a day trip from NYC or coming for a weekend getaway, Long Island’s abundance of offerings will make it a time to remember. Take a look at our go-to guide when traveling for the famed 150th Belmont Stakes event.
SHORT TRAIN RIDE AWAY
When traveling for this premier horse-racing event, look no further than the Long Island Rail Road for how to get here. Whether coming from the east or the west, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) can get you from the end of Montauk to the heart of Manhattan in one quick and easy train ride. Fast and reliable, arrive at Belmont Racetrack car free and enjoy a Long Island getaway.
WHILE YOU’RE HERE
The Garden City Hotel has a long standing history of hosting the who’s who of the racing sphere. An insider tip, The Garden City Hotel is the place to go after the race to spot your favorite jockey. Lavish and chic, the upscale service and amenities show why The Garden City Hotel has been embedded into Belmont Stakes tradition. Also in proximity to the Belmont Stakes, are The Roslyn Hotel and The Andrew Hotel, both known for their elegance. The newly renovated Long Island Marriott features a variety of top-tier amenities and is just 15 minutes from the Belmont track.
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
When looking for where to dine, relax or catch some more entertainment, these top picks will complete any getaway. From the ultimate beachside town of Long Beach to acclaimed chef Michael Psilakis at MP Taverna, there is much to do in the surrounding area. With something for everyone, catch a game or show at the newly renovated NYCB Live home of the Nassau Coliseum, picnic at the estate and garden grounds of Old Westbury Gardens, shop at over 250 stores at Roosevelt Field Mall, and experience high flying fun at I.FLY Trapeze.