Carson Batting Cages: Swing away!
This is my absolute favorite place to go for a half hour of exercise, stress relief, and just plain fun. I think it costs about 25 cents for 8 balls. You can also arrange to reserve a particular cage for blocks of time (e.g., 30 minutes, 1 hour, etc.)
I keep my bat and gloves in the trunk of my car and stop by whenever I have a hankering to just whack some of those balls right out of the park (er, over the chain link fencing that covers the batting machine!)
Equipment: You can borrow a bat there if you don't already have one. Helmets are required for kids, which they lend out for free as well. I highly recommend a pair of batting gloves, as you can easily blister your hands after a few rounds at bat.
The baseball cages range from 35 to 80 mph. There is also a fast-pitch softball and at least 2 cages of slow-pitch softball.
During the spring, the cages are open to 10pm. After the summer, they close at 9pm.
- Theme Park Trips
The Home Depot Center (National Training Center)
The Home Depot Center will be the headquaters and training center for the US World Cup team (soccer/futbol) as well as the Home of the Pete Sampras Tennis Academy. Tennis Tournaments and World Cup level soccer matches will happen here after it opens. The LA Galaxy will host home games here, and the Home Depot center is known as the $150 million pearl of the MLS.
Also includes a very nice cycling track, 3mile jogging course, 8,000 seat track & field stadium in addtion to the 20,000 seat soccer and 13,000 seat tennis stadiums.
The San Diego Chargers will be holding camp in this state of the art training facility this season.
Carson has been a major player for an LA NFL team since the Raiders rolled out in the 90s.
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Veteran's Sports Complex
This place has hosted the All-Lankan Basketball Tournament for a few years now. This is a great park and gym. The work out equipment is top notch and the facilites are clean. The basketball leagues are very good, but you have to pay to join. You can join the health club here just like a 24 hour fitness or Bally's.
They have basketball courts, racketball, day care, weight machines, tread mills. areobic classes, day care, everything you can ask for.
This used to be the Clippers official practice facility and they still host a super summer league where stars like Baron Davis, Derek Fisher, Penny Hardaway have been seen.
- Water Sports
This park is great for Tennis and Basketball players.
The Tennis courts are filled with avid players from morning to afternoon on weekends. Venus and Serena Williams practiced on these courts in their younger days.
You can get a pick up basketball game here almost at anytime. Games don't get that serious but players ranging from ol' vets to new jack highschool ballers come from all around the southside of L.A. for a good run. Courts are always in good shape. But the downside is that there's only 2 full courts, the hoops have double rims and they don't turn the lights on on fridays and weekends. Park & Rec kids' leagues play games on some nights during the spring.
This park has one of the more popular frisbee golf courses too.
You'll see great big family reunions and cook outs from time to time (mmmmm Bar-B-Q).
Equipment: Tennis: need to bring your own balls and rackets. You can usually hock some balls from other people or pick up some people leave behind.
Basketball: a good outdoor ball with your name on it. Don't need to bring your 'A' game, but you might get schooled if you don't bring some skilllz.
- Adventure Travel
- Family Travel
This Golf Course seems to be very popular. I see people taking their rounds everyday. The driving range located right across from where the Goodyear blimp is parked is filled even at night (you can watch it take off and land while taking your hacks).
The golf course was once voted the worst golf course in America, but maybe it has improved. The giant golfer statue has changed from a white man to a black man (after Tiger Woods came up) back to a white man after it was painted green for a while.