Rock climbing

Where to Indoor Rock Climb in and Around Philadelphia

Local spots where beginners and seasoned climbers can climb and start climbing.

There are plenty of indoor rock climbing opportunities throughout the Philadelphia area. / Photograph courtesy of The Cliffs at Callowhill

We may not live in the middle of the Colorado Rockies, but you don’t need a “real” cliff to climb for exercise. and having a great time. Rock climbing not only helps build strength and mobility, but it also involves working muscles you don’t usually use, which means a full body exercise. Additionally, sport climbing made its Olympic debut last summer, making the activity even more popular.

Luckily, the Philly area is home to several indoor rock climbing spots where anyone of any skill level can go and brave the wall. Read on for indoor climbing gyms in and around Philadelphia. Day passes, membership options and rental supplements (climbing shoes, harness, chalk bag) are available at all facilities.

Callowhill Cliffs

1010 Callowhill Street, Callowhill

The New York-based climbing chain opened a 39,000 square foot facility in the city’s Callowhill section in November 2019. The Cliffs features bouldering, lead and top rope climbing walls, as well as a gym with weight-training and cardio equipment, plus workout classes. There are also introductory climbing and technique courses for adults, and several programs for young climbers.

Downtown Gym

462 Acorn Lane, Downtown

Inside this 10,000 square foot community indoor climbing gym you will find overhangs, rocks, ridges, chimneys and caves. The gymnasium – whose walls measure up to 45 feet – is full of opportunities to try self-belaying, top-roping or bouldering. Additionally, it offers multi-week adult courses (including introductory courses), youth clubs, and private and partner teaching sessions.

Doylestown Rock Gymnasium

3853 Old Easton Road, Doylestown

Downingtown Rock Gym (above) is Doylestown Rock Gym’s sister facility, which offers much of the same amenities, just in a different neighborhood and slightly larger space. (The Doylestown location has an additional 2,000 square feet over the Downingtown location.) In Doylestown, however, you can find a special Kinder Climb class for toddlers ages two-and-a-half to five, climbing sessions family climbing and adaptive courses. climbing activities and equipment.

Drexel Recreation Center

3301 Market Street, University Town

Drexel Recreation Center’s climbing wall – with its overhangs, bouldering and lead climbing – is a great place for beginners. With belay classes, a Movement 101 clinic and private lessons, the center ensures that climbers are well equipped in the sport before moving on to more advanced routes. All sessions include equipment, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own or renting anything.

Indoor rock climbing at the Drexel Recreation Center / Photograph by Caroline Cunningham.

elite climbing

67 Old Kings Highway, Maple Shade, New Jersey

On the walls of this Maple Shade climbing gym, you’ll find over 100 routes, an 18-foot-tall cave, and bouldering walls with 10 different angles. It offers a slew of courses for adults, youth and families – ranging from beginners classes to one-on-one technical sessions and a merit badge program for any Scout or Girl Scout.

Gravity Vault Radnor

175 King of Prussia Road, Radnor

With 16,000 square feet of climbing surfaces, this huge gym has tons of wall space to explore. There are rope stations, abseil tower, lead cave, auto belays, and an adjoining exercise room with cardio and weight machines. Plus, Gravity Vault hosts a variety of climbing sessions, team training, and certification courses daily, so there’s always something going on for every type of climber.

Philadelphia Rock Gyms

Multiple locations

With bouldering, rope and rock climbing in mind, Philadelphia Rock Gyms caters to climbers of all levels. Their gymnasiums – located in Fishtown, East Falls, Oaks, Wyncote and Malvern – range in size from 6,000 to 14,000 square feet, see over 65 bouldering problems and offer basic and advanced skills classes, as well as classes. private. .

Philadelphia Rock Gyms in East Falls is one of many indoor rock climbing gyms in Philadelphia. / Photography by Matt Zugale.

Achieve climbing and fitness

401 East 4th Street, Bridgeport

Bridgeport’s massive climbing and fitness facility — a two-time Best of Philly winner — has standout amenities like 58-foot-tall walls and an Olympic-size two-way speed climbing option. Additionally, there are classes for all skill levels, as well as teams/leagues for adults and children. Pro tip: Don’t sleep in the annex, The Factory, for some ninja-warrior-esque obstacles.

Tufas Boulder Lounge

1614 North 5th Street, Kensington

The nearly 13,000 square foot Tufas Boulder Lounge was created by Philadelphia climbers who wanted to foster an inclusive local climbing community. The Kensington facility offers bouldering and fitness classes for adults, as well as youth programs throughout the year. All passes and membership options are based on declining prices.