Best of New York City's Recreation Centers
Become a part of a community of New Yorkers learning new hobbies, getting fit, and meeting new people. Join a recreation center!
We have recreation centers in all five boroughs. Most membership types afford you access to all recreation centers in the city. For more information on how to join a recreation center or to find a recreation center near you, visit our Recreation Center membership page.
Best Recreation Centers for …
Swimming and therapy
At Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center, adults and seniors can join free water exercise classes, that range from gentle walking in the water to modified aerobics classes that keep you fit without the joint pains. More information about Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center
Roller skating in Brooklyn like it's 1973
Dust off your roller skates! Brownsville Recreation Center in Brooklyn hosts Friday Night Roller Skating in the gym. Stop by and show off your dance moves. More information about Brownsville Recreation Center
Becoming a filmmaker
At Chelsea Recreation Center in Manhattan and St. Mary's Recreation Center in the Bronx, youth and teens ages 12 to 18 can sign up for video production classes that teach storytelling, storyboarding, producing, and editing. We also offer graphic design, animation, music production, Adobe or Office certification, and web design courses for kids and adults at recreation centers across the city. For more information about media and technology programs, please visit the Media Education Programs page.
Shooting hoops after work
Too cold outside for a pick up game? Play indoors at the enormous indoor basketball court at the West Bronx Recreation Center. Drop in after work or school on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., or join us for Wheelchair Basketball on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. More information about West Bronx Recreation Center
Pretending you're an Olympic sprinter
A new state-of-the-art indoor track and field athletic complex opened in Ocean Breeze! The center hosts many of the city's major meets and is making its mark as a training facility for athletes. You too can train or workout here for free with your membership. There are cardio and weight rooms on the lower level.
Is your kid the next track star? Sign them up for out track teams. Memberships for kids are free! More information about the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex
Swimming with a view
Warm up with a few laps around the pool at this indoor, Olympic-sized pool at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park aquatic center in Queens. The pool looks out on the park's historic World's Fair sites, including the New York State Pavilion and the Unisphere. The aquatic center also offers free learn to swim classes for adults, children, and toddlers, as well as senior aerobics sessions, mommy and me hours, and adapted swim programs for people with disabilities. Or, you can join the center's swim team. More information about Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool and Rink
Join a recreation center with a pool and get access to all 12 of our indoor pools around the city. More information about our Indoor Pools
Finding fitness for all abilities
McCarren Play Center has an exceptional range of programs geared toward people with disabilities. Programs include kids sports, seated fitness, adaptive basketball and Zumba, and computer instruction. More information about McCarren Play Center
McCarren Play Center is just one of our five adaptive hubs around the city that host adapted programs and classes. Find more adaptive hubs at our recreation centers
Carving your next masterpiece out of wood
The Greenbelt has its own wood shop with woodworking classes taking place weekly. Beginners and experienced folks are welcome. Members learn detailed woodcarving techniques, including intricate cutting and advanced woodworking skills. More information about Greenbelt Recreation Center
Cueing your next move
Play against some of the best players in the city at St. James Recreation Center in the Bronx. There are three pool tables here. Challenge someone to a game or learn how to play. One of the center's members won the NYC Parks 8-ball Billiards Championship last month! More information about St. James Recreation Center
Making the most of your retirement
Pick up a new hobby, like oil painting, line dancing, quilting or tap dancing, at the Fort Hamilton Recreation Center in Brooklyn. Annual memberships for seniors cost $25. More information about Fort Hamilton Recreation Center