There's room for all types of workouts in Nexxt Level Sports' 22,000-square-foot, climate-controlled facility. Basketball players can hone their technique on two NBA-length hardwood courts, and baseball players can perfect their swings in 70-foot batting cages instead of going to an orchard and waiting for regulation-sized apples to fall. In group-training classes, meanwhile, gym patrons can focus on strength or build endurance with varied circuit workouts, including strength and resistance training. For a more private workout, personal trainers also lead one-on-one sessions, tailoring their exercises to the clients' fitness goals.
The cracks of baseball bats, the slaps of softballs meeting mitts, and the advice of an experienced team of instructors resound within Thunder Stix Baseball & Softball Academy's cavernous 11,000-square-foot facility. Baseball and softball players alike hone their cuts inside eight pitching machines that can be adjusted from 40 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour, and brush up on their fielding technique inside four netted astroturf tunnels. Robert Banner—the academy's owner and the head softball coach at Alexis I. DuPont High School—and his instructors use the well-appointed digs to help players of all abilities develop their skills in every facet of the game, including batting, fielding, base running, and agility.
The sounds of cheery competition float across Grand Slam USA's 30,000-square-foot arena, which teems with athletic challenges, a vibrant bounce houses, and other diversions. A glow-in-the-dark miniature-golf course leads putters through nine holes of ominous pirate-themed obstacles, including a ramp into a skull's jaws, a hole fraught with sharks, and perilous unswabbed decks. Adrenaline-soaked games of laser tag lead beam duelers through mazes, around partitions, and over platforms, where they rack up points for hitting special targets and rivals. At the end of each bout, players receive individual score cards that detail high scores and lines flubbed during MAS*H reenactments.
The new management team has made some sweeping, eye-catching changes at Big Swing Golf Center. The driving range, which includes 10 heated hitting bays and more than 150 stalls, boasts brand-new mats and balls. Here, PGA Professional Sean Driscoll uses the latest technology to maximize performance during onsite private and group lessons.
The renovated 36-hole mini-golf course has been carefully landscaped with lush foliage and natural-looking rock formations. Unlike other mini-golf courses that are overrun with cheesy decorations, such as pirate ships wrapped in streamers, Big Swing?s mini-golf course surrounds players with murmuring brooks and cascading waterfalls. It uses sloping greens and tricky obstacles to both entertain and challenge golfers. Big Swing is perfect for parties as it also offers three-speed batting cages and Richman's ice cream at Mulligan's Snack Stand.
Sluggersville?s 22,000 square-foot facility abounds with tunnels, cages, and mounds where kids and adults can hone their baseball fundamentals without ruining the yard or busting a window. Prospecting sluggers can grab a bat and swing for the fences while an automatic pitching machine casts baseballs or softballs their way. Pitchers can assume their stance on the Pro Style pitching mound and register fastballs, curveballs, and sliders to a willing catcher or Venus flytrap. Although Sluggersville is a practice facility, students can put their skills to the test as well; the facility hosts league play and camps for kids and teens.
When new owners gained control of Putt Putt Fun Center in 2011, they brought with them a fresh vision that culminated in modern updates. The recently revised center encompasses a spectrum of family fun; the indoor area houses an arcade—fully loaded with air hockey and a Wheel of Fortune game—beside an inflatable labyrinth of moon bounces, slides, and obstacle courses used to train armies of balloon animals. Once visitors have exhausted themselves inside the glowing laser-tag arena or other sheltered activities, they can venture outside to the mini-golf course, where faux caverns and a wooden footbridge arc over abbreviated greens. Nearby, athletes smack baseballs into orbit from the batting cages.