Boston’s Best Indoor Rock Climbing Gyms

Boston’s Best Indoor Rock Climbing Gyms

It’s the truth: doing the same old workout can get really boring.

So if you’re looking for a challenging way to get fit or just want to have some fun, look no further than the sport of rock climbing. It’ll get you in shape both physically and mentally, and, dare we say…take you to new heights.

If you’re just starting out in the sport or the weather isn’t cooperating (not unusual here in Boston), there are five awesome local rock gyms to try out. And when you’re ready to take it outside, check out the nine of the most beautiful rock climbing spots near Boston.

  • Central Rock Gym

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    With a location in Cambridge and a few more outside of Boston, Central Rock Gym has got a lock on the local climbing scene. The Cambridge Central Rock Gym is unique among the other indoor climbing spots on the list in that it focuses exclusively on bouldering. Plus, the gym is adults-only, so only climbers 14 and up can test their skills on Central Rock Gym’s 6,000 feet of bouldering walls.

  • Rock Climbing Spot

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    This rock climbing gym isn’t quite as big as some of the others on the list, but its convenient location makes it worthy of a mention. You’ll find the Rock Climbing Spot in South Boston right near the Red Line, which makes getting there a cinch. Tackling the climbing routes won’t be as easy though. The Rock Climbing Spot is 11,000 square feet and resets its 150-plus problems (the routes that climbers look to conquer) every six weeks to keep the challenges fresh. And if you’re looking for a place to climb even farther south of the city, check out the Rock Climbing Spot’s Boston-Dedham location.

  • Brooklyn Boulders Somerville

    image via Brooklyn Boulders Somerville Facebook

    This 40,000-square-foot factory-turned-gym is the place to go indoor rock climbing in New England. Brooklyn Boulders took the local climbing scene by storm when it opened its Somerville outpost in 2013 and it has only gotten better in the years since. The massive facility features a huge bouldering wall, beginner’s auto-belay area, and a 50-foot climbing wall that affords views of Boston. When you’re done climbing, take advantage of Brooklyn Boulders’ CoWorking space, check out the local art on the walls, or take part in an awesome event, like the Savage Games.

  • Boston Rock Gym

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    Just a stone’s throw (<- that joke rocks) north of Boston in Woburn, Boston Rock Gym has been a staple of the local climbing scene for more than 25 years. In fact, it’s the oldest rock gym on the East Coast and the second-oldest in the U.S. Boston Rock Gym is perfect for seasoned climbers and newbies alike, with both challenging climbs and beginning instruction on tap. Take advantage of Boston Rock Gym’s long history in the sport to get the lowdown on all your most pressing climbing questions.

  • MetroRock Boston

    Despite its name, MetroRock Boston is actually located in Everett. But since that’s only a short drive out of the city, this gym is definitely worth a visit. Climbing Magazine recently named MetroRock Boston one of America’s Best Gyms, so you know this spot has been vetted by some of the best in the industry. And MetroRock is just as passionate about climbing as it is about community, so you’ll find the gym is a hangout for locals who really love the sport.