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Hong Kong’s best indoor sports activities

There are tons of ways to have fun in our city without getting baked in the summer or freezing in the winter

By Time Out Hong Kong

Hongkongers are never satisfied. In winter, it’s too cold out and we wrap on scarves at the first sign of the mercury dropping below 20. In summer, it’s too hot and humid to do anything but move as quickly as possible from one air-conditioned spot to another.

Yet we also love our outdoor sports, from cycling to swimming and camping, even though the weather in this little city of ours is unreasonable. Here then, are a few alternatives to work up a sweat regardless of the season.

Hong Kong’s best indoor sports activities

1. Bubble Soccer and Neon Sabre

Sport and fitness Cheung Sha Wan

Taking bubble football to a whole other level, Crossfire Arena offers competitors glow-in-the-dark bubble suits to bump about in when playing on their indoor pitch. Learn drills and strategies that will immediately go out the window as teams waddle across the pitch trying to score before inevitably getting knocked to the floor. Aside from bubble football, Crossfire has a whole host of other fun neon-themed games including archery tag, dodgeball and neon sabres — lightsabre duels, anyone? $160 per person.

2. Racing car simulator

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Sure, you might not really break a sweat in an air-conditioned vehicle anyway, but car simulators are a fun way to try out this motorsport indoors. And you can experience the thrill of accelerating at Sideways Driving Club yourself with their racecar simulators. Make your full throttle dreams come true as you speed through Formula 1 courses on one of their thirteen simulators, but just make sure you don’t drive as fast on your way home.


3. Skiing and snowboarding

Sport and fitness Fortress Hill

While Hong Kong may be void of mountainsides (or snow for that matter), before you head to frostier lands, you can avoid that awkward moment when you fall flat on your face by paying Slope Infinity a visit. Learn and practice with real boards or skis and poles on Slope’s revolving carpet training decks where the angle of incline and revolving speed are both adjustable to beginners and pros. Play (see above) has also got some pretty kick-ass moving slopes and the venue also holds snowboarding and skiing courses too. Rad!

4. Zero Latency (Kwun Tong)

Things to do Kwun Tong

Zero Latency, the pioneer and global leader in free-roam, multiplayer virtual reality entertainment, has opened its 26th epic-scale arena in Hong Kong. It is the ultimate platform for blistering, team-based combats, with five games currently available for play in the arenas. Soil Raiders – the definitive VR e-sports game, enables up to 8 players to roam untethered in a VR game facility. Using state-of-the-art VR headsets, surround-sound headphones and microphones, military-grade backpacks, and simulated weapons/game controllers, you’re guaranteed to be engaging in the most immersive, intense VR experience in the world.


5. Hoverboard racing

Things to do Kwun Tong

Who says hoverboards are not cool anymore? Azzita Hoverland has created an indoor track for people to race around in. Doubling up as a hoverboard retailer and repair center, Azzita’s 5,000 sq ft indoor playground in Kwun Tong invites patrons to zip along the twisty and winding track on electronic balancing boards ($179 per hour). Take it a step further and hop on a hover mat, a type of go-kart powered by a hoverboard. Though they’re a lot pricier and asks for $99 for a 10-minute ride.  

6. Skateboarding

Sport and fitness Kwun Tong

Local skaters needn’t wander around Hong Kong’s cramped and ragged streets any longer. Sk85ive2 is an indoor skateboarding park, well-equipped with rails, wedge ramps and flat banks so you can flip the board any way you want. Co-owned by Vans and local skate shop 8Five2Shop, the park sprawls across 3,000sq ft and, of course, is air-conditioned to keep you cool in the summer heat.


7. Go-karting

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At Hong Kong’s first race-car themed American diner, not only can you gorge yourself on classic diner food like burgers and milkshake, you can go for a spin at their go-karting track. There’s a mix of 12 straight and winding tracks for you to do your first Mario Kart reenactments. Plus there are various sizes of cars so big kid and little ones alike can have a go. 

8. Rock climbing

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Within yet another industrial area in San Po Kong is the biggest indoor rock climbing studio in Hong Kong. Just Climb is over 5,000sq ft in size and has more than 10 routes of various difficulties, promising everyone a moment of Spider-Man heroism. Under the guidance of their professional coaches, including one former Cheung Chau Bun Fest champion, you’ll be scaling their bevelled walls in no time. As Just Climb have got sufficient floor padding and their walls aren’t super high, visitors don’t have to use harnesses (always a source of pain) and can simply enjoy the fun of gripping on for dear life.


9. Trampolining and athletics

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If you're a fan of catching air in this highrise city of ours, Ryze might just be the place for you if you're looking to stay inside while doing it. The main area is completely lined with trampolines, with a few rest areas, foam pits and rope swings for the daring and bold. Ryze has special athletics programs such as their Ninja Course which should have you up and sweating in no time!

10. All-in-one game arena

Things to do Tai Kok Tsui

Hong Kong’s newest indoor activity centre, Superpark has an array of fun family activities for all pre-schoolers and teenagers (and grown-ups, there’s nothing to stop you). Little ones will have a blast in the Adventure Zone with its mini racetracks, giant slides and air ropes, while teens can play football, basketball, baseball, golf and other driving ranges in the ‘game arena’. The ‘freestyle hall’, meanwhile, has more challenging activities such as skateboarding, bullet beds and rock climbing. 

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