• Central Park The city’s playground has rolling hills, forested paths, open green spaces and a beautiful lake.
  • Chelsea Piers Complex Every activity imaginable – from kickboxing to ice hockey – under one gigantic roof.
  • New York Spa Castle A bathing behemoth with wallet-friendly prices, inspired by ancient Korean traditions of wellness.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park This beautifully designed waterfront green space is Brooklyn’s pride and joy.
  • Prospect Park Escape the crowds at Brooklyn’s gorgeous park, with trails, hills, a canal, lake and meadows.



  • Brooklyn Bowl A Williamsburg classic that’s equal parts hipster hangout, concert space and bowling alley.
  • Chelsea Piers Complex Take in a bit of bowling, followed by a stroll along the Hudson.
  • Lucky Strike A fun night of bowling in Midtown.

Out-of-the-Box Activities

  • Royal Palms A mecca for shuffleboard lovers, this place has shuffleboard courts, plus food trucks and microbrews.
  • New York Trapeze School Channel your inner circus star at this trapeze school with two locations.
  • Gotham Girls Roller Derby Watch one of the world's elite teams in a hard-hitting sport blazing through various locations.
  • Jump into the Light VR Go on daring, high-jinks adventures at this cutting-edge virtual reality arcade.

Indoor Activities

  • Cliffs Massive climbing center in Long Island City, Queens.
  • Brooklyn Boulders Another great spot for rock climbers – this one’s in south Brooklyn.
  • Jivamukti Lavish yoga center near Union Square.
  • Area Yoga & Spa A great choice for yoga in health-minded Cobble Hill.
  • 24 Hour Fitness Work out at all hours (and many locations) at this full-service fitness center.
  • MNDFL Feel rejuvenated following an enriching meditation class.

Urban Green Spaces

Best Gardens