Spanning four piers and 28 acres of waterfront real estate, Chelsea Piers is the city’s premier sports complex. The historic piers were used by Cunard Line’s famous Lusitania and Mauretania in the early 20th century, and were the destination for White Star Line’s Titanic.
In the ’90s, long after the golden age of transatlantic ocean liners, the piers transformed into a massive collection of world-class sporting facilities. Today, locals and visitors alike can experience 25 different sports along the Hudson River, with exciting options including baseball, rock climbing and golf, in what is surely the most comprehensive sports complex in Manhattan.
Things to do at Chelsea Piers
The driving range on Pier 59 is four stories of automated-tee stalls that hit over a 200-yard screened-in fairway, which looks to the river and beyond. If you’d like to play a full game, visit one of the simulators upstairs and choose from hundreds of worldwide courses.
Other activities include playing on the professional-sized indoor soccer field or skating around the hockey rink, which is open year-round. Visitors can learn to box in a professional ring at the fitness gym, or take the kids for an outing of tumbling and gymnastics. There’s also a 23-foot-high rock-climbing wall.
Yachts of all sizes dot Chelsea Piers’ many slips, and you can enjoy a number of elegant dinner cruises that circle the island. Basketball, bowling, swimming and batting cages and more are just the tip of the iceberg when visiting this behemoth sports complex.