Don't Let Summer Slip Away: 12 Best Indoor Places to Enjoy Staying Cool in Queens

Wait, it’s August already?! Just where has the time gone?

We certainly hope you’re making the most out of #summer16 and not stuck somewhere in the Twilight Zone.

Although, there’s probably a slight chance you’ve probably missed out on some pretty rad activities already... due to rain or too much heat, right?

Not to worry, we’ve found the solution. Why not head indoors for some ultimate summer fun?

You might think indoor fun is only for rainy days or those chilly winter months, but trust us―there are so many things still left to do before the leaves start to turn, and we hear Queens has some pretty dope indoor spots ideal for this season. 

Feeling adventurous? Then try some indoor rock-climbing in LIC, or cool off by jumping into an indoor pool in Flushing because the possibilities are truly endless!

1. Komnata Quest (44-02 23rd Street)

Komnata Quest is the new incredible way to have the most immersive adventures imaginable. Komnata Quest is a world famous sensation blowing minds with immersive puzzle adventures at 98 different locations in 27 different cities in the U.S., Europe, and Russia.

Komnata Quest & spoiled NYC have teamed up to give you and your friends an experience unlike any other at their Greenpoint and Long Island City locations. 


We’re giving 5 lucky winners the chance to choose their own adventure for free! Winners get to take up to 4 of their friends to try their hand at one of Komnata Quest’s escape-room adventures designed for 3-5 people. DOPE!

2. The Cliffs at LIC (11-11 44th Drive)


Speaking of tests...put your stamina to the test and explore this colorful and large rock-climbing facility. Whether you’re trying out climbing for the first time or looking for a new training center, Cliffs has a lot to offer. 

They provide a series of classes in toprope, bouldering, and sport lead climbing. Cliffs members also receive a complimentary 30-minute fitness assessment where specialized trainers can identify and help you with any physical issues that may be impeding you from climbing to the next level. 

So what are you waiting for?! Join this summer and climb your way to the top!

3. Indoor Extreme Sports Paintball & Laser Tag (47-11 Van Dam Street) 


Are you an extreme sports lover? If you are not, quit being a couch potato and get active this summer.

Have an extreme escapade with New York City’s only indoor paintball/re-ball center. Experience black ops & zombie laser tag, paintball & archery tag because truly the thrill here at Extreme Sports never stops. 

4. Astoria Bowl (19-45 49th Street)


Show off those bowling skills at Astoria Bowl. This bowling center offers a variety of fun including a sports lounge, video game arcade, casual dining and a private lounge to host parties.

You could even enjoy a laser light show and glow-in-the-dark cosmic lanes. Whether you’re looking to bowl or just have a great time, Astoria Bowl is the place to be!

5. The Creek & The Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue)

This restaurant, bar and comedy club situated in Long Island City hosts several shows each night including open-mic nights. Some of their big name performers include Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld and John Leguizamo. 

The Creek and The Cave is also the only bar in Queens with pinball machines of several limited editions including themes of TV classics such as the Simpsons and The Sopranos

They also host leagues, tournaments, private parties and cool events such as the The Dump, a free weekly storytelling show where you can share your most embarrassing and funniest NYC story in 8 minutes.

6. The Paint Place (31-21 31st Street)

Want to brush up on your painting skills and walk out of the studio feeling like a pro? Then come paint and sip at The Paint Place! 

They will provide you with a 16 x 20 blank canvas, paints and brushes, and an apron. No experience is necessary as you will be guided step by step from a professional artist, so unwind with some wine and music as you create your own masterpiece.

7. Spa Castle  (131-10 11th Avenue)


Escape from the bustling city and make it a spa day in Queens. Your relaxation experience starts at Spa Castle when you immerse yourself on their seven themed saunas, indoor pools, hot tubs and a shiatsu massage. 

Apart from having a day of tranquility, you can feast on a delicious Korean meal, or snack on dumplings and corn at their on-site food court. 

8. Stay cultured

NYC is filled with so much diversity, art, culture and history. Plus, Queens offers a ton of really cool museums including the Museum of the Moving Image, MoMA PS1, New York Hall of Science and many more. 

You can even visit historical houses in Queens from Louis Armstrong, Lewis H. Latimer, and the Kingsland Homestead. Take a tour, learn some history and check out some interesting and educational exhibits this season. 

9. Save BIG & get crafty

Save BIG and go on a shopping spree. Queens has plenty of really awesome thrift and vintage shops where you can discover really great finds and invent your own unique style!

10.  Cool off at an indoor pool

The ultimate way to escape the heat this season is by jumping into a pool. Want to cool off at an indoor pool this summer? 


Not a problem, then head over to the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink or the Roy Wilkins Recreation Center.

11. Sports & more sports


Enjoy a day of sports with family and friends by catching a game in Citi Field or get active by taking up tennis at the Alley Pond Tennis Center. 

12. Theatre & the arts


As summer slips away don’t get stuck indoors on your house or apartment. Head out to a theatre and catch a show, play or a musical. Let the beauty of art and culture enrapture your soul this summer by visiting the Queens Theatre, Thalia Spanish Theatre or The Afrikan Poetry Theatre.

[Feature Image Courtesy MeltingButter] 

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