Rock Climbing In NJ: Scramble To New Heights


If your kids are climbing the walls (literally), what better way to harness that energy than to take them indoor rock climbing in NJ? After all, this is more than just fun—learning to climb can help your kids gain muscle strength, stress relief, brain function, and life skills. From kid-friendly, candy-colored climbs to learning to boulder and climbing vertical hangs, there’s a place to go rock climbing in NJ for the whole family. Scroll down to find where you can explore new heights, and for more thrills, check out where to go for indoor fun any time of year. (featured photo credit: High Exposure Rock Climbing)

Check out these 14 family-friendly places to go rock climbing in NJ

Rock Climbing in Northern NJ

Diamond Rock Gym
As a classic rock climbing facility in Northern NJ, you’ll find everything your recreational rock climber might need. Walk-in climbers are welcome to enjoy climbing altitudes that range from 25 to 33 feet, with bouldering for those who prefer it and ultra-soft landings that cradle you in comfort coming down.
182 Rt.10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936

GOAT Climbing Gym
This climbing gym in Bergen County has it all— an Entre-Prises built 60ft competition style lead wall, rope climbs from 40ft – 60ft, dual 15m speed walls, three floors of bouldering, and a custom-built training area. Got a party? Head to the third-floor balcony overlooking Manhattan reserved for private groups.
77 River Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601

High Exposure
Think your kiddo is secretly a Ninja Warrior? Then you’ll want to head here, where the Action Adventure portion has candy-colored climbing walls, a larger-than-life Rubik’s Cube climbing tower, and a ton of swings, slides, and rope ladders to fill out the Ninja dreams. In addition to the classic rock walls, this 26,000-square-foot facility offers excellent rock climbing classes and a private Nerf Zone to unleash the warrior within.
266 Union St, Northvale, NJ 07647

Method Climbing + Fitness
With a nationally ranked competitive youth team and loads of kids programs, Method Climbing + Fitness is a no-brainer for any climbing enthusiast. Both adults and kids can learn how to reach new heights at this NJ climbing gym, where you can try bouldering, rope climbing, or training with a day pass. And if you’re close to Rutgers, be on the lookout for their new gym opening soon in New Brunswick.
16 Lombardy Street, Newark, NJ 07102

New Jersey Rock Gym
With over 12,000 square feet of vertical and overhung terrain, kids and adults can come here to boost their fitness levels, build muscle, and increase their endurance. Don’t like heights? Try bouldering—a way to climb at a moderate height using padding instead of ropes.
373D US-46, Fairfield, NJ 07004

Randolph Climbing Center
Learn to belay, rappel, or try sport climbing, and adults and kids can take classes at this premier place for rock climbing in NJ that’s been around for 20 years. They also host birthday parties, summer camps, and fun-themed nights (80’s night, anyone?).
3 Middlebury Blvd., Randolph, NJ 07869

Rock Climbing in Central NJ

Soar into outer space, climb to the top of a bean stock, or rescue Rapunzel on climbing walls that look like a work of art. Your kiddos can explore 68 different hand-painted walls where their imaginations can run wild.
5369 US 9, Howell, NJ 07731

Garden State Rocks
New climbers to experienced ones will have a ball exploring over 6,000 feet of climbing space, including a bouldering island and a cave complete with a tension board. The authentic, rock-like surface even contains slabs of realistic crack for an experience that feels more like a mountain than an indoor gym.
705 Ginesi Dr, Morganville, NJ 07751

Iron Peak Sports & Events
Try 15 fun walls and five regular climbing walls full of challenges for all ages. Make your way through a spider web wall or scale an illuminated chimney wall. There are also climbing classes and drop-ins available.
137 Mountain View Road, Hillsborough View Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Rock ‘N’ Air
It’s 70,000 square feet of rock climbing in NJ with unique ways to reach the top. Try the Clip and Climb, where kids can learn the ropes on a color-coded wall with vibrant and user-friendly shapes, or the Stairway to Heaven pillar walk, where balance is key. After, catch air on the trampoline courts and challenge the entire fam to the Adventure Zone.
581 Route 18 South, East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Rockville Climbing Center
If your family is new to climbing, check out the auto-belay system, which controls the safety ropes so you can climb comfortably on your own. Kids can build confidence with group classes and climbing camps offered throughout the year.
200 Whitehead Road, Suite 107, Hamilton, NJ 08619

Rock Climbing in Southern NJ

Elite Climbing
With a series of walls for beginners to experienced climbers, Elite welcomes future climbers starting at age 5. Sign your kids up for a class to learn, and eventually, they can join an after-school climbing club or be a part of Team Elite and compete against other junior climbers. Friday nights, bring the entire family and jump together.
67 Kings Highway, Maple Shade, NJ 08052

Kinetic Climbing
With 80 different routes and a majestic orange “rock” at the center, beginners and experts can take on updated weekly challenges. Participants must be 8 and older to climb, and an adult must accompany everyone under 14.
1155 South Black Horse Pike, Williamstown, NJ 08094

The Gravity Vault
Who is ready to see what the world looks like from 35 feet above the ground—or higher? Make this a fun family day at this large climbing facility that offers numerous courses at one of this rock climbing company’s eight NJ locations.
Locations in Brick, Chatham, Flemington, Hoboken, Middletown, Montclair, Upper Saddle River, and Voorhees

Rock climbing in NJ—where are your top spots?

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