athletic spots

BEST BATTING CAGES

Unlimited Sports Action

Developing that signature baseball or softball swing takes time, patience and dedication. Unlimited Sports Action in Port Washington has the space where people can do that and more. Its state-of-the-art indoor turf field offers a 130- by 80-foot space that ensures protection from Mother Nature so that you can get to the batting cages no matter the time of year. Full cage rentals or half-field rentals are available at an hourly rate. Whether you’re looking to go pro, stay in shape or compete with friends, work out the kinks in your swing with the best batting cage around! 30 Beechwood Ave., Port Washington, 516-767-7675, unlimitedsportsaction.com

BEST BOWLING ALLEY

Herrill Lanes – New Hyde Park

Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park is a modern, family oriented and independently owned bowling center that’s been in business for over 40 years. It offers open play and tournaments for adults as well as children. Herrill has 36 Synthetic lanes, computer scoring, a full-service Pro Shop and even a coffee shop. Its Chatterbox Lounge, with bartender Jodie, offers drink specials nightly. Herrill Lanes puts on Rock-N-Bowl with Cosmic Lighting every Saturday evening, where the DJ plays groovy tunes from the 60s to the present. Party packages are available for children’s birthdays as well as adult organizations. Herrill is wheelchair accessible from the front and side, so visitors of all abilities can join the fun! 465 Herricks Rd., New Hyde Park, 516-741-8022, herrillanes.com

BEST DRIVING RANGE

Heartland Golf Park

If you’re looking for a place to sharpen your driving skills, Edgewood’s Heartland Golf Park is the place to go. Its automatic tee system makes keeping track of how many shots you get to take easy. You also have the option to hit the ball from the ground level or you can try out one of the elevated booths. Plus you don’t have to wait for warmer weather to hit the driving range — the range at Heartland Golf Park is heated, so you can come all winter long to keep your game sharp for golf season. So what are you waiting for? Grab your clubs and take a ride over! 1 Executive Dr., Edgewood, 631-667-7400, heartlandgolfpark.com

BEST EXTREME SPORTS FACILITY

Gym-Nest

The mission and philosophy at the Gym-Nest is to develop happy, healthy, responsible children through its programs. The gym’s goal is to build self-esteem, confidence, hard work, and a love of learning. It believes that excelling in sports is a byproduct of these attributes. On the surface you see cartwheels and flips, but if you look deeper, you will see much more. Gym-Nest uses gymnastics achievement to inspire your child to enjoy learning — to crave it. Yes, it is no secret that it teaches gymnastics, but it also increases confidence, self-esteem, perseverance, and attention to detail. The program is based on teaching solid and sound gymnastics in a fun, safe and progressive manner. Each gymnast is trained using individual goals rather than group goals to maximize his/her potential. Whether your children are interested in recreational or competitive gymnastics, Gym-Nest will help them make the jump! 1145 Station Rd., Medford, 631-205-5437, gym-nest.com

BEST INDOOR TENNIS FACILITY

Sportime

During the cold winter months, those looking for a place to play tennis should come to Sportime, offering 154 indoor and outdoor courts throughout Long Island, New York City and other parts of the state. Sportime’s philosophy is “fitness for real life” and is reflected in its facilities which offer state-of-the-art equipment at affordable prices. The company provides various adult and junior programming and is the proud home of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at multiple locations. All Sportime members are welcome to rent indoor court time at all of the franchise’s locations at substantially discounted rates. With both indoor and outdoor courts, members are welcome to practice their tennis game all year round. Sportime facilities can be found in Amagansett, Bethpage, the Hamptons, Kings Park, Lynbrook, Roslyn, and Syosset. Multiple locations, 888-NYTennis, sportimeny.com

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