The Best Places for Kids to Go Indoor Rock Climbing In & Near NYC
Safely introduce your kids to the extreme sport of rock climbing at one of these indoor rock climbing spots in and near New York City.
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Indoor Rock Climbing on Long Island
The Gravity Vault
40 Melville Park Road, Melville
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-10pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-8pm
Admission: $55 for one or two climbers, $75 for three climbers, $95 for four climbers. Walk-in climbing for introduction to rock climbing starts at $27 per participant. Annual memberships for youth 20 and under start at $69.50 per month, $170 per month for family of three plus $55 for additional family members.
The Gravity Vault offers a variety of climbing options for kids, from 1-hour private sessions with staff belay to walk-in climbing, private climbing pods, day passes, memberships, and a technique class for Boy Scouts to earn their Climbing Merit Badges or Girl Scouts to earn their Climbing Fun Patches. Amenities include more than 14,000 square feet of climbing, 40-foot and higher climbing walls, 45-60 top rope stations, and extensive bouldering with dynamic lead climbing.
Island Rock Plainview
60 Skyline Drive, Plainview
Hours: Monday, 12-10pm; Tuesday, 11am-10pm; Wednesday, 12-11pm; Thursday, 11am-10pm; Friday, 12-10pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-6pm. Early morning hours offered to members on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-11am.
Admission: Crimpers (ages 6-8) starting at $30 for trial day and $325 on Saturdays from 10am-11am for one day per week. Grippers (ages 8-12) trial day rates start at $45 and $510 for one day per week or $920 for two days per week. Crushers (ages 13-18) start at $40 for trial days and $475 for one day per week. Email youth director [email protected] for further inquiries.
Island Rock’s facility includes more than 14,000 square feet of climbing area, 30-foot climbing walls and bouldering up to 15 feet, a 25-foot rappel tower, two crack climbs, more than 100 top rope routes, 100 boulder problems, 40 lead routes set by a full-time team of professional routesetters, and more.
Indoor Rock Climbing in Westchester County
The Cliffs at Valhalla
1 Commerce St., Valhalla
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-10pm; Saturday, 9am-8pm; Sunday, 9am-6pm. Booking required after 4 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends to ensure social distancing. No booking necessary 10am-4pm on weekdays.
Admission: Climbing passes start at $20, $30 for climbing shoes and harness, $39 for intro to climbing 2-hour instruction, and $59 for learning to climb package, which includes unlimited climbing for a month.
The Cliffs at Valhalla staff believes climbing is not just an activity, but a shared experience, aiming to challenge one another physically and mentally, support one another, and forge friendships. It offers youth afterschool programs for beginners, intermediates, and competitive climbers, as well as private coaching and a socially distanced study hall.
The Rock Club
130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-9:30pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9:30am-7:30pm
Admission: first visit: $85 for one month climbing membership which includes climbing 101 class and free rental gear. Day passes start at $17 for students and $12 for children 12 and under, not including rental gear. Gear costs: $5.25 shoes, $5 harness, $2.25 belay device and carabiner, $2.25 chalk bag
The Rock Club offers climbing reservations and is running at 50-percent capacity, with a main wall over 40 feet high and options for beginners and experts. Safety of staff and customers are the highest priority. It offers winter junior programs, holiday climbing camp, and even an adult climbing league if you’re looking to take a class while your child does.
Indoor Rock Climbing in Bergen County, NJ
The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms
107 Pleasant Ave., Upper Saddle River
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-10pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-8pm
Admission: Day passes for youth (20 and younger), start at $18. Walk-in climbing offers two climbs for $20, 1-hour private session with instructor starts at $55 for one or two climbers, $75 for three climbers, $95 for four. Introduction to rock climbing class starts at $27 per participant (groups of 5 or more), P.E. class starts at $50 a session.
With more than 14,000 square feet of climbing, 40 foot climbing walls, and 45-60 rope stations, The Gravity Vault’s mission is to make everyone’s rock climbing experience positive and memorable. It offers options that cater to every age and all experience levels, with memberships and day passes, private climbing sessions, and group classes.
High Exposure Rock Climb, Ninja Warrior Obstacles, NERF Zone, and Family Fun Center
266 Union St., Northvale
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12-10pm; Friday, 12-8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
Admission: Standard day passes are $25 and include action adventure staff belays, harness, ninja and parkour room access, and access to nerf area with an additional $10. For bouldering and traditional climbing, little ninja classes (3-5 year olds) and ninja monkey classes (5-7 year olds) start at $95 per month or a $135 membership for one weekly class.There are aso climbing warrior 1 and 2 options for older kids.
Not only is this place home to a nerf gun arena and a ninja warrior space, but they also have a rock climbing wall your child is sure to love. High Exposure claims rock climbing develops mental focus, improves self-esteem, and requires a healthy dose of self discipline. Youth programs start at 3 years old.
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