Since 1978, families have flocked to Five Towns Mini Golf & Batting Range for a day filled with raucous fun. On the mini-golf course, they traipse through well-manicured greenery, wielding putters as they strive for holes-in-one. A circular batting range offers 10 different cages including machines that chuck softballs and baseballs at varying speeds, with a special wiffle-ball cage dedicated to little ones and people made of glass. Armed with paintball markers, players take aim at black-hatted villains in the Wild West–themed arena, then further train their eyes and hands in the arcade.
A restaurant, a rock-climbing wall, batting cages, and a custom embroidery shop are all housed in Artistic Stitch’s 30,000 square foot facility. At the cages, Probatter Simulators accelerate batters’ learning processes with sophisticated programming that allows for different types of pitches, aiming lobs in the strike zone, around it, or directly at the nearest Ming vase. A 20’ rock-climbing wall invites visitors to ascend to new heights, and soccer and doge ball games spark friendly competition. In addition to general recreational play, day-camp sessions and birthday party packages allow children to let loose and engage in energetic matches. Famished athletes can replenish their energy at the on-site restaurant, Saverio’s Bistro, which serves up piping-hot brick-oven pizzas, paninis, and pastas.
Seven days a week, crowds gather at Batter up & Bethpage Mini Golf to sink winding putts and take mighty cuts, thanks to a 18-hole mini-golf course and a row of baseball and softball batting cages. The cages are open for solo swingers, but whole teams are also welcome to reserve several pitching machines at once to practice syncing their swings for the seventh-inning stretch's big dance number. Team training is also available through the Batter Up Academy, which seeks to kick-start diamond dynasties via lessons in hitting, pitching, and catching. Next to the cages, a mini-golf course winds along a verdant landscape decorated with shrubs and flowers.
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.
Beams of light dart through a darkened laser-tag arena. The delighted shrieks of youngsters emanate from the colorful horses of a carousel and a fleet of bumper cars. With these and over five other attractions onsite, Funzone Family Entertainment more than earns its name. Visitors smash home runs inside batting cages, or take on virtual opponents in a sports simulator complete with soccer, football, and a zombie-themed riff on dodgeball. More digital amusement awaits in an arcade stocked with classic games such as skeeball and Deal or No Deal, where players can win tokens by selecting the secret "Compromise" option. Open seven days a week, Funzone also caters to younger kids with bounce houses and a multi-level, maze-like play area full of tube slides and netted tunnels.
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.