Brooklyn, New York in a Day
This past weekend we decided to make a trip in the opposite direction of the mountains and headed down to New York City to explore the Brooklyn borough. Being a rainy winter weekend, outdoor activities were pretty much off the table so we decided to explore a few ‘out-of-the-box’ indoor activities.
Our first stop was The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. It featured a Floridian theme, complete with cabanas, flamingo wall paper, bar tenders in tropical attire, and ceiling fans above each of the 10 shuffle board courts. In addition to shuffleboard, there were numerous table games that made for a fun atmosphere, to easily forget it was the middle of winter.
Our next stop and highlight of our trip was to Gotham Archery to shoot bow and arrows. Gotham offers the sport of Archery to all different levels of ability, from expert archers to first-timers. If you’re a first-timer at the the range, they offer an hour class that involves a tutorial on safety and how to shoot the bow, followed by multiple rounds of target practice. The instructors brought a lot of humor and energy to the training as well!
|Matt, runner-up in the Balloon Game|
The intro class offered two different bow types to choose from. The recurve bow is the more traditional and primitive looking bow type. The compound bow uses a pulley wheel to lock into shooting position before the archer releases the string. We decided to try one of each. Once the training is complete, each member of the class gets their own bow and target for a few rounds of shooting. There was even a game at the end involving shooting certain color balloons. Once you’ve completed the training course, you can visit Gotham Archery again and rent a bow and lane without any instruction.
|Kristy's brother, A.J., taking a few practice shots|
To end our trip and celebrate our success at the range, we stopped at Brooklyn Tap House for a beer and dinner. This was a great place to catch a game on one of their enormous TVs. They also featured over 30 craft beers on draft!
While this wasn’t a typical winter weekend we had a great time in Brooklyn and are looking forward to visiting again!
Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering