Imagine this for a moment: state-of-the-art sports facilities suitable for Olympic athletes, New York City's favorite gym and stunning views of the Hudson River. This is not a dream come true for fitness lovers, it's Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex.
The idea of building this complex was born from the desire to recover four historic but decaying piers. In the past 20 years, Chelsea has experienced a renaissance: hip art galleries and restaurants appeared, the Chelsea River Park was designed, lots of trees were planted, the High Line was inaugurated and Piers 61, 60 and 59 were transformed into Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, opened in 1995. Since then, the complex has remained a top destination for athletes, coaches, fitness-enthusiasts, locals and travelers alike.
Chelsea Piers house a golf course, a skating rink, a sports club, a bowling alley, a spa, restaurants, climbing walls, a theater and much more. If you think that Chelsea Piers is just for locals, think again! Drop-in activities abound and even tourists visiting for a couple of days can experience what it's like to work out in the best gym of New York City.
In front of the complex, runners, cyclists and pedestrians share the Hudson River Greenway, which is part of an intricate network of trails across the state of New York. You can follow the trail from Lower Manhattan up to the Upper West Side – a great alternative to Central Park.
If you want to go beyond sports, visit the Maritime Center to enjoy the riverfront views from the esplanade or check out the different cruise options. Specialty dining is available at Piers Pizza Company for a casual atmosphere and Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, where you'll find an interesting mix of bowling alleys, video arcade, gaming rooms, dining and drinks.
For those who prefer cultural activities, visit the Ice Theater of New York – a fusion of contemporary dancing, ballet and figure skating. Browse their website to find more information on upcoming performances.
23rd St & Hudson River Park, 62 Chelsea Piers
Opening hours vary widely and depend on the activities available on that day. Consult their website for detailed information on schedules and prices.
From the Manhattan at Times Square walk one block to catch the subway at 50th St, C and E lines (blue). Exit at 23rd St at walk 10 mins along 23rd St to reach Chelsea Piers.
Whichever activity you choose, we guarantee that your visit will give a twist to your New York experience. If you still haven't seen all of the famous sights in your list, visit our Attractions page to get the best tips for your trip.
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