Indoor rock climbing provides a unique twist on health and fitness for all ages. Burn off energy and challenge the whole family at these local indoor rock-climbing facilities.
Editor’s note: This post was updated on September 21, 2021.
Kids over 5 can climb safely and worry-free with Burke Swim’s auto-belay system. The climbing gym features leveled walls to challenge everyone from beginners to advanced climbers. Membership is not required to participate, but call the gym to make a reservation. Due to the pandemic, the rock wall is closed until further notice. 6001 Burke Commons Rd., Burke
This quickly growing franchise has a location right in the heart of Crystal City, just minutes away from the Metro, shops, and restaurants. Families can learn together at the Introduction to Rope Climbing Class, designed to teach both kids and adults basic climbing skills. Earth Treks also holds classes, climbing teams, parties, and special events. Insider tip: Speed up the check-in process by watching the orientation video and filling out the waiver online prior to arrival. 1235 S. Clark St., Arlington
Visit one of Sportrock’s three locations to participate in open climbing time, classes, and camps. Kids over 5 can register online for a spot during Open Belay time. Sportrock also hosts a chapter of Catalyst Sports, which offers climbing clinics every month for those with special needs or physical disabilities. With over 35,000 square feet of climbing space, the state-of-the-art Alexandria location will have the tallest climbing walls on the East Coast. Alexandria and Sterling
With climbs and instructional courses tailored to all skill levels and most age groups, Vertical Rock will get your family on the ropes and utilizing the proper safety techniques like seasoned pros. The facility’s packed calendar of events includes open climbs, camps, climbing teams, birthday parties, and more. 10225 Nokesville Rd., Manassas
Worth the Trip:
Climb masterpieces, not mountains, at this Maryland facility. The walls at ClimbZone are works of art with themes such as New York City, Mount Rushmore, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Tetris, making each wall a unique photo op for families. The auto-belay system is user-friendly, and kids as young as 3 can climb on the lower-challenge walls. Besides the walls, ClimbZone also has bounce houses, a toddler play area, and tables for eating. 13200 Mid Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 120, Laurel
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