Summertime Fun
by Karen Carzo
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer is in full swing! These great places offer a variety of activities that are perfect for corporate and team-building outings as well as social events of every type.  

Chelsea Piers New York and Stamford.  When you think of activity-based events, you can’t help but think of the sports mecca Chelsea Piers.  With a high-tech golf driving range, golf course simulators, year-round indoor ice rink, rock climbing walls, a gymnastics center, basketball courts, indoor soccer fields, batting cages and multiple meeting and event spaces, it’s no wonder Chelsea Piers is one of New York City’s most popular destinations for social and corporate events for the past 19 years.  But New Yorkers aren’t the only people having fun at Chelsea Piers.  The complex’s Stamford location opened in 2012 and features a 400,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility complete with a variety of activities such as trampolines, rock-climbing wall, indoor turf fields, hardwood courts, batting cages, two indoor ice rinks, tennis and squash clubs and an indoor water park.  Both locations offer catering options., 212.336.6777.

Funplex. With two locations in New Jersey (East Hanover and Mount Laurel) each offering more than 100,000 square feet of space, the award-winning Funplex is where function meets fun!  Great for corporate meetings, picnics, holiday parties, planning sessions and team-building, Funplex delivers an outing like no other.  Enjoy activities such as laser tag, electric go karts, scavenger hunts and mini golf.  Bowling Suites feature four private bowling lanes complete with HD TVs, a cosmic light show, surround sound music and iPod-ready set up. Top of the line AV equipment, free Wifi and projection screens are also available.  Funplex can professionally cater yours event delicious, freshly-prepared food, hot and cold beverages, desserts and more., 973.428.1165.

Victorian Gardens at Wolman Rink at Central Park.  This traditional family amusement park, with one-of-a-kind handcrafted rides designed to complement the historic architecture of Central Park, is ideal for corporate outings that include the whole family. While the site offers accommodations for up to 3,000 guests, a spectacular view of Central Park from the Rooftop Terrace, a private VIP tent that seats 70 (and holds up to 120), shaded outdoor picnic area for 300 people, 20,000 feet of combined indoor/outdoor seating area, state-of-the-art sound system and full service, on-premises catering done by Relish Caterers, Victorian Gardens is best-known for its 30,000 feet of rides, games and attractions.  Rides are specifically geared to ages two to 12-years-old and can also accommodate adults of all sizes.  The intimate setting offers the opportunity for adults to relax and enjoy the afternoon while the children experience the joy of discovering the magic of an amusement park., 212.982.2229.

CityView Racquet Club.  Just a hop, skip and a jump across the 59th Street Bridge is the CityView Racquet Club.  Incorporating the warmth and hospitality of a country club with physical activities, CityView seamlessly blends luxury and sports for unique corporate events, cocktail parties, fundraisers, team-building events, birthdays and weddings.  The venue prides itself in creating custom indoor and outdoor events utilizing its elegant lounge and rooftop bar and deck, both with breathtaking, panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.  Guests can also partake in tennis, squash, fitness and spa activities., 718.389.6252.


Skudin Surf School.  The surf is up and so is the fun at this unique location for corporate and social events.  Enjoy a full day on the beach with a private canopy and beach activities that include a 90-minute surf lesson with water and land instruction, surfboard, rash guards and wetsuits.  Other activities include beach yoga, team-building, volleyball and beach tennis.  The Skudin brothers are internationally ranked big wave surfers who bring their life-long passion to your event., 516.713.SURF (7873).

Bowlmor Lanes Times Square. So much more than a bowling alley, Bowlmor Lanes Times Square is a bowling pantheon with seven unique themed bowling lounges all featuring their own spin on New York City and its most illustrious – and notorious – landmarks.  Glow-in-the-dark lanes, projection screens, dramatic architecture and land-side food and drink service make this one of the coolest bowling spots ever to host corporate events.  Want to continue the fun after the games end?  Head to Boomer Esiason’s Stadium Grill.  This sports bar/restaurant is located within Bowlmor and features wall-to-wall flat screens making every seat the best seat in the house., 212.680-0012.


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