Summer dates in New York: Sporty dates in New York City

Challenge your partner to a game of minigolf, a bowling match or a Skee-Ball championship on these sporty summer dates.

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Miniature golf at Pier 25

     

     

  • Brooklyn Boulders

    Brooklyn Boulders

     

    Brooklyn Boulders
  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Bocce ball at Union Hall

     

     

  • Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl

     

     

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    The Whiskey Brooklyn

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Miniature golf at Pier 25

 

 

A little competition is a turn-on, right? If you agree, plan a summer date in New York that involves playing a game or a sport. We found five venues where you can climb, golf, bowl and more with your main squeeze.

Play miniature golf on Pier 25

  • Free

Attempt to impress your date by sinking a hole in one on this waterfront minigolf course, which features kitschy obstacles like waterfalls and a cave. It can get crowded, but luckily the Hudson River provides a lovely backdrop as you wait your turn. (212-766-1104, ext 228; manhattanyouth.org). Daily noon–6pm; $5.

  1. West St, (at North Moore St)
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Climb at Brooklyn Boulders

Prove you’re a trustworthy partner by helping your date scale a 10-to-28-foot wall at this Gowanus club. During its “Learn the Ropes” class, instructors teach you how to tie knots and secure harnesses before having you spot your companion (and vice versa) on a climb. If the adrenaline rush leaves you both wanting more, the class fee ($75) includes a pair of day passes as well as a second day’s rental for shoes, harnesses and chalk. (347-834-9066, brooklynboulders.com)

  1. 575 Degraw St, (at Third Ave)
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Throw balls at Union Hall

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Although this Park Slope bar’s two bocce courts are occasionally reserved for league-only play (Sat, Sun noon–4pm; Mon 7–10pm), at all other times they’re available first-come, first-served at no charge (718-638-4400, unionhallny.com)

  1. 702 Union St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Send pins flying at Brooklyn Bowl

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

If you end up waiting for a lane at this Williamsburg bowling alley, fear not: You can kill time chatting over a plate of Blue Ribbon’s fried chicken and one of several local brews from Kelso and Brooklyn Brewery. Once you get rolling, gauge your date’s pop-culture bona fides by throwing out this line: “This is not Nam, this is bowling. There are rules." (718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com)

  1. 61 Wythe Ave, (at North 11th St)
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Hang in an adult rec room at the Whiskey Brooklyn

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

There are plenty of ways to indulge in a little flirty trash-talking at this Billyburg pub: In addition to two handcrafted shuffleboard tables, the bar also features a variety of arcade games (including Pac-Man and Big Buck Hunter) and two Skee-Ball lanes (which dispense tickets for beers and shots prizes). (718-387-8444, whiskeybrooklyn.com)

  1. 44 Berry St, (at North 11th St)
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