The squeals of tires and the cracks of bats reverberate across the grounds of Selden Batting & Grand Prix as fun-seeking guests get their blood pumping. Big kids and adults buckle up in gas-powered Grand Prix carts, whereas kids at least 50 inches tall get behind the wheel of Rookie Karts and those too tiny to drive slip into a double-seater next to Mom or Dad. After a victory lap, groups don helmets at the batting cages to swing at baseballs, softballs, and floating Faberge eggs. Inside the arcade, hands slam pucks at air hockey and shoo away impulsive jazz hands at Dance Dance Revolution, as redemption games challenge gamers to win prizes.
Selden’s ice-cream stand, meanwhile, overflows with more than 85 flavors, as well as rainbow italian ices, chocolate sundaes, and soft serve. Guests celebrating a birthday can make a reservation for an ice-cream-sundae party or other themed event at Selden, replete with games, go-kart rides, pizza, and sundaes.
Baseball is alive all year-round at All Star Indoor Batting Range Baseball & Softball Academy. Started in 1991 by three baseball fans—Kevin and Brian Gilroy and Frank Rizzo—the facility gives players the chance to practice no matter how many inches of snow or packs of rabid umpires are flurrying outside. The 15,000-square-foot sports haven boasts seven tunnel cages for practicing all aspects of the game. Other elements, such as stadium benches and 7,000 square feet of artificial turf, give the academy the feel of an indoor diamond. To help players take their skills to the next level, the academy also offers private and semiprivate lessons, and maintains a pro shop stocked with essential gear.
Matt Guiliano's Play Like a Pro packs eight hitting tunnels, four batting cages, four pitching mounds, a 90'x40' fielding area, and a 96'x40' soccer field into its 33,000 square feet. The varied areas set the stage for equally diverse play, from private baseball or softball lessons to Sports Bash camps (which cover everything from soccer to European-style handball) to Xbox gaming in the Sports Cave. Or athletes can practice their swing in the batting cages, adjusting the speed of the pitch to anywhere between 35–80 miles per hour.
It can be hard to find one's exercise of choice with options such as the back and forth of tennis, the melodic strokes of lap swimming, or an agile jaunt on the balance beam. Guests at Chelsea Piers Connecticut are saved the burden of such decisions as they take full advantage of the 400,000-square-foot facility's exhaustive exercise options. Modeled after the namesake location in New York City, Chelsea Piers Connecticut provides facilities and instruction for all ages and abilities. The Aquatics Center's Olympic size, 50-meter indoor pool caters to adults, while a 6,000-square-foot water play area entertains water-winged children. At the Field House, runners jog on the 1/5-mile track that circles the 100-yard turf field used for lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, flag football, and more. Chelsea Piers also boasts a full Gymnastics Center, two full-size indoor ice rinks, Squash Club, Tennis Club, as well as basketball and volleyball courts. Members can also take advantage of in-house babysitting services in order to secure some much-needed alone time to test-drive the Adventure Center's trampoline Jump Zone or Climb Zone.
Sculpted into a landscape of fountains, streams, and waterfalls, the 18-hole miniature golf course at Station Sports is just is one of the attractions that entertains guests. Over at the wild west-themed paintball station, players showcase their marksmanship and quick-draw skills by firing off paintballs at moving and stationary targets. Baseballs are hurled between 30 and 90 mph inside five batting cages, while a cage for youngsters features whiffle balls flung at a more kid-friendly pace. Inside Sport Station’s arcade, pucks zip across air hockey tables, bowling balls tumble down lanes, and toes hastily tap on Dance Dance Revolution mats. To refuel after such fast-paced games, visitors can stop by the snack shack for popcorn, hot dogs, and ice cream.
Prospect Sports lacks the elements every baseball player dreams of—the smell of freshly mowed grass beneath their cleats, half-eaten pretzels hurling over their heads, rows of seats that seem to never stop climbing into the sky. But that's because the facility intentionally eschews such romantic distractions in order to foster an ideal training environment, which in turn fosters better athletes. Amid a top-notch synthetic turf that plays like real grass and an adjustable netting system that snakes across 25,000 square feet of space, players hone their skills through performance training, video analysis, and private lessons that focus on specific aspects of sports including baseball and softball. The center also offers a "Build-a-Player" program, which integrates skill and performance training into one program to develop well-rounded athletes that can handle the pro leagues' 400-pound baseballs made of solid gold.