Perhaps it’s their diverse backgrounds—a former D1 college assistant baseball coach with a master's in physical education, a sports-psychology counselor and fitness trainer, and an amateur baseball leaguer—that make the coaches at Pitch by Pitch All Sports Camps open to such a wide variety of athletics. Their weeklong camps embody everything from baseball, soccer, and tennis to less regimented sports such as floor hockey and Capture the Flag. Through drills, games, and relays, coaches teach young campers how to command the field with confidence, while still displaying good sportsmanship. And since it all happens at Congers Lake Memorial Park, full-day campers can spend their lunch breaks swimming in the community pool, playing in the game room, or fishing for their lunch in the lake itself.
• For $9, you get a day of table tennis for two people (up to a $20 value). • For $18, you get a day of table tennis for four people (up to a $40 value). The sounds of shuffling feet and travelling balls greet ears as they enter the 13,000-square-foot Westchester Table Tennis Center, and eyes are wooed by gleaming wooden floors and 18 brand-new Double Happiness tables. High ceilings set the stage as duos team up to battle like-minded twos in games of doubles, and Monday-evening beginner nights beckon the ping-pong shy. Facility-provided paddles slice through the spacious areas around each table, sending small plastic missiles back and forth between friends and family, and allowing kayak paddles to return to their intended use as giant mosquito swatters. After a full day of table flurries, men's and women's shower facilities allow athletes to cool down and clean off after a sweaty, fun-filled bout, and an on-site lounge invites prolonged post-game discussions between casual players and Olympic hopefuls.
Within American Gymnastics resides a puffy playground—slides and foam pits sprawl across the 14,000 square feet of primary-colored space lined with in-ground trampolines, a padded spring floor, and USGF-certified equipment. Watching over the space is a team of expert coaches who boast a combined 100 years of experience. They teach a variety of classes for all ages from toddlers to teenagers, and maintain a 7:1 student to teacher ratio. The space also plays host to ballroom-dancing classes that teach couples, individuals, and fairy-tale princes how to thrive on the dance floor.
At Premier Athletic Club, a large team of instructors lead classes ranging from intense barbell-focused BodyPump to soothing restorative yoga. Barre workouts use easy-to-learn ballet techniques to help tone bodies, and boxing boot camps teach striking fundamentals while building strength and agility. Club members get access to indoor and outdoor pools as well as class discounts.
Designed by course architect Dick Wilson, Garrison Golf Club’s 18-hole course covers the tree-lined hills, valleys, and ravines of the Hudson Highlands as golfers drink in sweeping views from 800 feet above the Hudson River. Without disturbing the native birds and wildlife, the course artfully integrates the natural terrain into a challenging layout, featuring multiple shots that must clear deep chasms and rolling fairways that create tricky hill lies and test golf carts’ vulnerability to motion sickness. Stone walls and mature oaks and hemlocks add to the stately scenery as players grapple with testy hazards, such as those encountered at the par three 17th hole, where tee shots must find a putting surface buttressed by sprawling trees, sand traps, and a stream.
An Audubon International–certified course, Garrison Golf Club’s environmentally friendly efforts include a 2-acre organic farm that sprouts heirloom tomatoes, nine kinds of lettuce, and other greens incorporated into dishes at Valley and Terrace Grill, the club’s onsite restaurants. Guests may also opt to wind down at World’s End Bar, a cozy spot ideal for sipping cocktails or interrogating fellow players about the veracity of their scorecards.
Located on the 250-acre grounds of historic Boscobel, overlooking the Hudson River, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival envelops theatergoers in worlds long past. Its inaugural production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1987 carved a path of critical acclaim for it to expand into summer-long festivals, ongoing educational outreach, and artist-in-residence programs. The organization's canon even extends past that of the Bard on occasion: past seasons have taken on The Three Musketeers and Tartuffe.