Rain delays and snow-outs are never an issue within Hudson Baseball Center, where instructors lead baseball and softball lessons atop the indoor facility's evergreen turf. Working in individual practice lanes or in group clinics, players focus on improving distinct aspects of their game, including hitting, pitching, and fielding. Regardless of the specialty involved, every lesson places particular emphasis on critical thinking and physical discipline, valuable skills for both playing baseball and wrestling other jury members to settle an impasse. Comprised of former high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, the faculty includes the likes of a Class-A pitcher for the Reds, a high-school All-American with 14 years of coaching experience, and a softball player who spent 13 years with the Hoboken Shockers' traveling team.
Boasting one of Staten Island’s only go-kart tracks, Staten Island Go-Karts launches drivers around exhilarating turns and down straightaways at speeds of up to 20 mph, while its mini golf course's soothing brook and scenic landscaping maintain more moderate adrenaline levels. Speed-demon duos can rocket around the track in one of the rubber burners, tearing through each five-minute race like the Flash riding Seabiscuit (a $6 value each). Each speedy steed features a sturdy shoulder harness, and the track's qualified operator can control all karts to ensure safety.
All-day fun bracelets include access to rides and the indoor jungle gym. Fun Station fills a three-story gym with kid-friendly amusements, such as bumper cars, a roller coaster, and a toddler play area. Little ones can board the Mini-Himalaya roller coaster, which mimics the peaks and valleys of its namesake, or board a stationary airplane, whose imitation of flight is inspired by the dreams of penguins. A toddler play area furnishes a colorful ball pit, and the indoor jungle gym allows energetic tykes to scale the sides. Pint-size bumper cars put kids behind the wheel and give them the chance to interact with fellow drivers while exchanging insurance information. Fun Station keeps its doors open seven days a week, staying active until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Though Fun Station sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Gamers Baseball Academy busts summer’s monopoly on the game, giving athletes an indoor, year-round destination where they can learn the ins and outs of both baseball and softball from a crack staff of college coaches, professional athletes, and college players. The 10,000-square-foot facility nurtures players with its collection of hitting and pitching tunnels, batting cages, defense areas, and a changing room for molting mascots.
Gamers Baseball Academy can adapt to meet the training needs of each individual boy and girl or an entire squad. Athletes can then put their newfound skills to work on the academy’s own baseball and softball teams to recreate the live games’ speeds and intricacies no matter the month.
The Ballpark's 15,000-square-foot indoor baseball facility has been the training ground for regional all-star youth league players and state championship teams since 1999. A team of experienced coaches, led by three-time Star-Ledger Coach of the Year Tony Picaro, teaches fundamentals such as bunting, fielding, and signing autographs while wearing an oversize novelty foam finger. Private and group lessons hone skills after school, and multiday clinics immerse rookies and pros alike in the sport's finer points. Outside class hours, players practice at six public batting cages, a timed home-to-first track, and a pitching mound monitored by radar and off-duty traffic cops. The Ballpark is also a great place to host a birthday party, which include pizza or hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, papers goods, and a free batting cage token.
Five Towns Mini Golf, Batting Range & Wild West Target Paintball offers a lively outdoor haunt where patrons contend with themselves and the laws of physics in a trinity of sphere-based recreation. A labyrinth of brick-ensconced emerald corridors puts putting proficiency to the test in each 18-hole round of mini golf, where steady strokes prevail against shaky hands. Bold contours form breaks more difficult to read than a fossilized Dostoevsky anthology. Each guest also receives five batting-cage tokens, good for 50 hardball or 80 wiffle-ball pitches taken within Five Towns' circular batting range. Automatic pitchers fire baseball facsimiles at four different speeds, topping out at 80 miles per hour, and softball swingers can knock spheroids served up in three varieties of arced pitches or a blazing fast-pitch setting. Two-dimensional denizens of frontier lore populate the Wild West Target Paintball shooting area, where sharpshooters outdraw bandana-faced outlaws and paintballs add chromatic décor to the façades of a central saloon, jailhouse, and Buffalo Bill's freshly buffed fingernails.