Monday, January 16, 2017

Activity: Brooklyn Boulders (Indoor Rock Climbing)

As the weather cools, it is great to have a place for kids to burn off energy...inside.

Brooklyn Boulders is a large indoor rock climbing facility with a variety of climbing options: bouldering, auto-belay, top-roping, and lead climbing. The facility also includes a workout area, yoga classes, and private party space (with private climbing wall).

First timer tips:

  • The routes on the wall are graded and color-coded. 
  • Bouldering starts at V0 and difficultly increases from there (V1, V2, etc). 
  • Climbing with belays start at 5.7 and get harder the higher the number (5.8, 5.9, 5.10, etc)

I only took our 6 year old, but saw kids of all ages scurring up the walls like little squirrels. My son loved it, but didn't last too long.


  • About 5 auto-belay options -- one is very easy, so a great starting point for new climbers.
  • They offer classes, packages, and membership options.
  • Highly recommend completing the online waiver before arriving at the venue.
  • Have locker rooms, free wifi, and cubbies for guests.
  • Received an email after our visit for a chance to return for $19/person (including gear!).

Cost Savings:

  • $36 includes daily pass ($25/person -- no child discount), plus gear ($11).
  • If climbing during off-peak hours, the daily pass price is reduced to $20/person.
  • See last bullet under noteworthy.
  • Would love to see a discount for kids pricing or a half-day pass rate to make pricing more accessible.

West Loop
While there are a few public transportation options available, we drove and were able to find free street parking pretty easily (there is not a parking area attached to the venue).

Kid's Jury: 5 stars
Loved it and would love to go back, if we find discounted rate options.

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