(Credit: Courtesy Photo)

(Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Known as America’s favorite pastime, baseball is a thrilling sport for amateurs and professionals. While many people are not part of a team, they can head to one of these batting cages to practice hitting a home run. By Jessica Allen/John Friia

(Credit: Sportime)

(Credit: Sportime)

Sportime USA

380 Saw Mill River Road
Elmsford, NY 10523

While children can find endless hours of fun at Sportime USA, adults alike can perfect their hitting at the batting cages. With nine automated batting cages of varying speeds, people can grab a hat and helmet to practice. Instead of paying for a certain amount of pitches, baseball lovers can rent the cage for 30 or 60 minutes with continuous pitching.

The Cage Baseball

62-40 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village, NY 11379

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Rainy days are never an issue at The Cage Baseball in Middle Village with their fully-turfed indoor practice facility, including eight batting cages. When people rent space at the sporting complex, they have a choice between a 75 ft. or 50 ft. tunnel, equipped with a pitching mound, pitching screens and practice tees.

(Credit: Courtesy Photo)

(Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Staten Island Go Karts and Mini Golf

215 Schmidts Lane
Staten Island, NY

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Besides the thrilling go karts and whimsical mini golf, Staten Island Go Karts and Mini Golf boasts nine secure batting cages that are ideal for baseball and softball players. Thrown at various speeds, the batting cages offer a lob pitch machine. Mimicking an under-hand pitch, the lob machine gives children a chance to hit something while perfecting their swing.

5 Towns Mini Golf and Batting Range

570 Rockaway Turnpike
Lawrence, NY 11559

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Opened during the baseball season, 5 Towns Mini Golf and Batting Range offers ten extra-wide batting cages that brings the slugger out of everyone. People can test their baseball skills with four different pitches going as fast as 80 mph. Softball players can stop to the plate and show their skills with three different arch pitches. After striking out or hitting a few home runs, people can try to sink a hole in one at the 18-course mini golf area or survive the western-themed target paintball.

Eisenhower Park in Nassau County. (Credit: CBS2)

Eisenhower Park in Nassau County. (Credit: CBS2)

Eisenhower Park

1899 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554

One of the largest public spaces in the metropolitan area, Eisenhower Park boasts a spacious batting cage that is ideal for amateurs and professionals. Offering nine different stalls with three speeds for both baseball and softballs, this batting cages is one of the affordable options in the area. Cages are covered by a netting that is retractable for inclement weather.

(credit: Randall's Island Golf Center / Facebook)

(credit: Randall’s Island Golf Center / Facebook)

Randall’s Island Golf Center

1 Randall’s Island
New York, NY

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Could you hit a 90-mile-an-hour fastball? Want to find out? Head over to the Randall’s Island Golf Center, which has nine stall batting cages nestled among its golf facilities. You can try your luck at softball or baseball pitching machines, and when you’re done, you can hang out in the on-site beer garden, play a soothing round of mini-golf, or take yourself right back to elementary school via a game of tetherball.

Field House at Chelsea Piers

Pier 62
New York, NY

Chelsea Piers just might be the city’s best gym environment. You name it, and you can do it here: basketball, parkour, soccer, yoga, weight lifting, rock climbing, gymnastics, bowling, golf, ice skating, and more, from classes to drop-ins. And then there are the batting cages, with slow, medium, or fast-pitch baseball or softball. You can also try the ProBatter Simulator, used by the pros and featuring a life-size video screen simulated pitcher.

(credit: The Baseball Center / Facebook)

(credit: The Baseball Center / Facebook)

The Baseball Center

202 West 74th Street
New York, NY

Since 2000, The Baseball Center has offered a massive space (more than 15,000 square feet) to perfect your form on the Upper West Side. Professional coaches are on site, and private lessons are available, as are after-school programs, clinics, and outdoor leagues.

Jessica Allen blogs at We Heart New York.

John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram