There are plenty of ways to get the heart rate racing in NYC—from roller coasters and suspenseful attractions to aerial tours and a chance to feel like one of The Flying Wallendas!
Located on the Atlantic Ocean in Brooklyn, this historic and family-friendly area boasts a sand beach, boardwalk, Luna Park (home of The Cyclone, one of the world’s oldest roller coasters), Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, the New York Aquarium, Ford Amphitheater and Nathan’s Famous (for hot dogs and fries).
(up to 3 hrs) In this immersive, interactive theater piece, mask-wearing audiences wander at will and at their own pace through a 100,000-square-foot environment—an abandoned 1930s luxury hotel—eavesdropping on scenes and characters that conjure up Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”
The two trapeze school locations offer a number of classes for beginner and advanced fliers include flying trapeze, silks, static trapeze, trampoline, lyra, balancing and acrobatics and Spanish web. Online advanced registration is required, and new students pay a $22 fee on top of class price.
This multisport, 30-acre waterfront facility features two indoor ice-skating rinks, an indoor swimming pool, a golf driving range, gymnasium, weight-training room, track, batting cages, the largest rock climbing wall in the Northeast and a full-service spa for men and women. Hours/prices vary.
See how high you can climb at Brooklyn Boulders, a rock climbing facility in Gowanus. Beginners and advanced climbers can use the 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and take fitness classes like yoga, acroyoga and capoeira. New climbers have the option of enrolling in introductory courses.
A national historic landmark, the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier offers access to several decks featuring historic aircraft, multimedia presentations, interactive exhibits and flight simulators, plus the guided missile submarine USS Growler, the British Airways Concorde and the space shuttle Enterprise.
Both individual and group classes, single classes or packages are available at this skateboarding school for all levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced). Classes are offered in several locations in the city: Beginner classes are held at the Bandshell, in the middle of Central Park. Equipment rental $15.
Box at the oldest boxing gym in the United States. Take a swing in one of the rings, spar with a punching bag, pin someone to the mat or use cardio equipment and free weights. The gym has special day rates for both exercisers and those who just want to take a look around and watch.