Living in a dense urban area -- like the borough of Queens in New York City -- can make you feel disconnected from the outdoors and your love of rock climbing. It doesn't have to, however, as there are several facilities in Queens that cater to rock climbing enthusiasts and offer activities for both adults and children.
The Rock is a gym in Queens that contains a medium-sized indoor climbing wall. The wall stands 30 feet high and 14 feet wide; it has two sides, one fairly flat and one with featured panels. This wall is not recommended for beginners due to the awkward placing of the footholds, but the gym staff is more than happy to give you a helping hand should you want to try it out. Their daily rate is $20 and their yearly rate is $1000.
Alley Pond Park
This gorgeous park, a result of New York's conservation efforts, contains both climbing and bouldering walls. Aside from the walls, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course includes a zip-line, a trust fall station, swings, leaps, nets and balance platforms. The course was built by Project Adventure, one of the leading course builders in America. To use the climbing walls, you may arrive on Sundays at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., May through November. If you'd like to climb during the summer, you must register for the free program on Mondays using their website.
Central Queens YM-YWHA
This YWHA in Queens is the perfect place to go for younger rock climbers. They offer fantastic birthday climbing parties for toddlers and older children. The staff at the YWHA will ensure that your child and the other party guests have a fun and safe time on their modest-sized climbing wall. These climbing parties are held on Sundays, so make sure to make your reservation in advance.
Join Climb NYC on Wednesdays or the first Saturday of each month to enjoy their five-story climbing wall. You can go on Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. or from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month. For only $25 you can enjoy some fantastic views from your vantage point in Queens. Climb NYC is sponsored by Outward Bound, and is located at Queens Plaza. By participating, a portion of your $25 will fund NYC's Outward Bound climbing programs for students attending public school.
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