Aqueduct Racetrack is a horse racing track in South Ozone Park, New York, in the borough of Queens, where thoroughbreds race from October to May.
- Aqueduct is now a racino. That means there's a video slot and gaming casino at Aqueduct. a racino? FAQs about gambling at Aqueduct.
Though less famous than nearby Belmont, Aqueduct hosts excellent racing, including the Wood Memorial every April, a test of three-year-olds headed to the Kentucky Derby.
Visiting Aqueduct Racetrack and Admission
One of the best times to visit is the winter. Admission is free from January 2 to early March and parking is free too.
If you go on a sunny winter day, it's a lot of fun to watch the horses race. Cold, windy, wet days are another story. Admission to the clubhouse, however, is now free.
A day at the races is also great for people-watching. The adjoining casino at Aqueduct is now the bigger draw.
- Grandstand Admission: free
- Free from January 2 to March 7.
- Clubhouse Admission: free
Aqueduct Racetrack by the Numbers
- Main Course: 1 1/8 Miles
- Inner Dirt Course: 1 Mile
- Turf Course: 7/8 Mile
- Attendance Capacity: 40,000
- Trackside Dining: 1,200
Planning to bet at Aqueduct? You may only wager with cash, no credit cards.
Aqueduct Racetrack - By Driving, Subway, or Bus
- The A train to Aqueduct North Conduit Avenue, or
- The A train -- north-bound only -- to the Aqueduct Racetrack Station. Subway stops at this station only on race days, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Courtesy bus service is available to the Admission Gate from the subway.
- Q7, Q11, Q37, Q41.
Aqueduct Racetrack - Driving Directions:
- Directions to Aqueduct - detailed
- Map to Aqueduct Racetrack (Google Maps)
- Address - 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park, NY 11420
From the Van Wyck: Exit 3, Linden Blvd. and follow signs to track.
From the Belt Parkway: East-bound Exit 19.
West-bound Exit 18-B (Lefferts Blvd.). Then follow signs to track.
From Manhattan: Midtown Tunnel to the LIE-East (or the Triborugh Bridge to the Grand Central) > to the Van Wyck South > Exit #3 Linden Blvd. > Turn right on Linden and follow signs to track.
Parking: General parking is $1.
- Free from January 2 to March 7
- Clubhouse Preferred Parking is $5 total.
- Valet Parking is $5.
Aqueduct Racetrack - History
Aqueduct opened on September 27, 1894, when Queens was still farmland and independent of New York City. In 1941 a new clubhouse and track offices were built. In 1959 a new track, the "Big A," opened up. In 1975 the inner track opened for winter racing.
Eating and Drinking at Aqueduct Racetrack
There is a range of food options at Aqueduct, from concession stands and deli, to a sports bar, and all the way to the upscale Equestris Restaurant.
- For reservations at Equestris Restaurant call 718-529-8700.
- Proper attire is required at Equestris.
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Slot Machines and Gambling at Aqueduct
After years and years of delays, there is now a casino at Aqueduct.
New York State approved "racinos" -- video slot gambling at racetracks in 2001 -- but the site in Queens didn't open until 2011. Here are more details on gambling at Aqueduct, the only legal casino gambling operation of size in New York City.