The Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex is New York’s jock nirvana − a sprawling 30-acre sports village on the Hudson River where you can rock climb, skate, golf, bowl, swim, or just work out. And after all that calorie-burning you can treat yourself to one of Artichoke Baselli’s famous pizzas.
While New Jersey is not usually associated with the word ‘thrilling,’ the walk there across the George Washington Bridge certainly is, along a walkway suspended between the river and the sky. A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge provides the same breezy experience, with a downtown perspective.
Governors Island is an urban getaway where you can bike or walk along a 2-mile long waterfront promenade while absorbing views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline; you get one hour’s free bike rental on Fridays. Swimmers can plunge into two large and stylish pools surrounded by beautiful hand-decorated Italian tiles at the West Side YMCA or the longest pool in Manhattan, a full Olympic-length 50 meters, at Asphalt Green.