The Belmont Stakes is one of the most exciting events in thoroughbred racing. Because it is the last race in the coveted Triple Crown (after the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes), the competition is fierce and the energy in the air is palpable. Attending the Belmont Stakes is an experience everyone should have at least once, so grab your hats, make a few bets, and order yourself a delicious, bourbon-filled Belmont Jewel. It’s time to head off to the races!
Whether you’re a big spender or on a budget, there are plenty of ways to see the Belmont Stakes:
The Belmont Stakes take place at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
BELMONT PARK RACE COURSE
2150 Hempstead Turnpike
Elmont, NY 11003
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Belmont Park doesn’t provide any details about RV parking at the Belmont Stakes, leading us to believe it may not be allowed. Your best bet is to stay at a nearby campground (see below!) and catch a rideshare, train, or bus to the Belmont Stakes.
There are a handful of RV campgrounds near Belmont Park that you can choose from. Some options include:
Hotels near Elmont, New York are a little easier to come by. Try these picks close to the racetrack:
Adria Hotel and Conference Center- A well-situated hotel close to the LIRR and several city bus lines (about 5 miles from Belmont Park).
Event organizers suggest that fans allow plenty of time to get to Belmont Park on race day. That’s true whether you plan on arriving by car, rideshare, bus, or subway.
If you’re traveling by car, the exits off Cross Island Parkway are as follows:
From Manhattan, take the Queens Midtown Tunnel to Long Island Expressway East to Cross Island Parkway South.
From Brooklyn, take the Belt Parkway East to Cross Island Parkway North or Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to Long Island Expressway East to Cross Island Parkway South.
From Queens, take the Grand Central Parkway East to Cross Island Parkway South or Belt Parkway East to Cross Island Parkway North.
From Staten Island, take the Verrazano Bridge to Belt Parkway East to Cross Island Parkway North.
From Long Island, take the Northern State Parkway or Long Island Expressway West to Cross Island Parkway South or Southern State Parkway West to Cross Island Parkway North.
From New Jersey (North), take the George Washington Bridge to Cross Bronx Expressway, to Throgs Neck Bridge to Cross Island Parkway South.
From New Jersey (South), take any Interstate bridge to Staten Island Expressway to Verrazano Bridge to Belt Parkway East to Cross Island Parkway North.
From Connecticut and Westchester, take any route to Throgs Neck Bridge to Cross Island Parkway South.
Note: Rideshare services will only be accessible from the Yellow Lot.
Take the F train to 169th street or 179th street, then take the N6 or the Q2 bus to Belmont. Alternately, take the E train to Jamaica Center (Parsons Boulevard), and then take the Q110 bus to Belmont.
For information about service to Belmont Park on the Long Island Rail Road, visit the LIRR website or call the LIRR's 24-Hour Travel Information Center at 718-217-LIRR (5477).
The N6 (MTA Long Island Bus) operates along Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, Franklin Square, Elmont, Hollis, and Jamaica. From Jamaica, the bus starts at Jamaica Bus Terminal (165th Street & 89th Avenue) and runs along Hillside Avenue to Francis Lewis Boulevard to Hempstead Avenue. It stops in front of Belmont Park. Connections: Transfer from the F Train at either 169th Street or 179th Street stations.
The Q110 (MTA Bus) provides service every 20 minutes to and from Belmont during racing days. Buses are available at Parsons Boulevard and Hillside Avenue and from Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue, and various locations eastbound on Jamaica Avenue and Hempstead Avenue in Queens. The bus picks up and discharges inside Belmont at the west end of the track. Connections: Transfer from F Train at Parsons and Hillside; transfer from E Train at Parsons and Archer.
The Q2 (MTA Bus) originates at the Jamaica Bus Terminal (165th Street & 89th Avenue) and runs along Hillside Avenue to 187th Place to Hollis Avenue and ends at Hempstead Avenue and 225th Street adjacent to Belmont Park. The bus picks up and discharges inside Belmont at the west end of the track. Connections: Transfer from F Train at 169th Street or 179th Street stations.
On the MTA (alternate bus service at Queens Village), take the LIRR from Penn Station or Jamaica to the Queens Village Station. Then board the Q27 bus under the trestle on Springfield Boulevard and transfer to the Q2 bus at the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and Hempstead Avenue. The bus picks up and discharges inside Belmont at the west end of the track.
Parking for the Belmont Stakes is not included with the price of admission, but prepaid passes can be purchased in advance online at Ticketmaster. Parking passes are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bus shuttle service will be available to take people from the parking lots to the track.
Tickets to the Belmont Stakes can be purchased in advance online through Ticketmaster. If you’re feeling lucky, you can try to buy tickets at the track on the day of the race, but tickets will only be available if they are not already sold out (and the venue accepts cash only).
We hope this guide to the Belmont Stakes has been helpful! Here at RVshare, we love to help people explore the amazing outdoors or attend an event with comfort and ease. Visiting the Belmont Stakes in an RV allows you to enjoy this awesome event without the stress of tent camping. Regardless of whether you choose to visit Belmont Park in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip! Send us your photos at email@example.com, and tag us on social media for a chance to be featured on our blog or social media!
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