Brooklyn Boulders is one of the newest gyms in Boston and the closest to downtown, with a focus on being a community center where you can work, climb, and relax. The space itself is huge, at 40,000 square feet, with ¾ of the space devoted to climbing. It features all types of climbing from bouldering to leading, a café with Wi-Fi, and a fitness center with sauna and yoga.
What Makes It Great
Brooklyn Boulders is different than other climbing gyms because its focus is on being a community center where you can do more than just climb. There’s a café and lounge with free Wi-Fi so you can get work done in between climbs, a yoga studio, weight machines, running machines, a sauna, and showers. They even host salsa workshops and concerts.
Climbing is still the main draw, and for good reason. There’s a huge lead wall, tons of top-roping lines, auto belay stations if you’re climbing solo, and a dedicated bouldering wall. (The bouldering wall is actually much taller than in other gyms, but the highest holds have been removed so you can’t fall too far).
Numerous instructional climbing courses are offered each day for bouldering, top roping, and lead climbing, and a youth climbing team offers a competitive climbing experience for kids 8-18 years old.
What makes Brooklyn Boulders great for many people is its convenience. It’s the closest climbing gym to Boston and easily accessible by T, car, biking, or walking. It’s also open early in the morning and late at night during the week, making for a convenient morning or evening workout.
Who is Going to Love It
Climbers of all ages and abilities will enjoy Brooklyn Boulders. Children enjoy after-school programs with climbing, knot tying, and team building activities. University students get a special discount and a convenient location for those without a car, plus a café with Wi-Fi to get some homework done. Working folks can squeeze in morning or evening workouts after business hours, and relax in the sauna and yoga facilities.
Anyone looking to train for a harder grade, practice leading sport routes, get a great upper body workout, or just have fun climbing will certainly find routes that are right for them. Unfortunately the routes are not the greatest practice for the avid outdoor climber – with smooth wooden walls, a lack of cracks to climb, and small slab climbing section – but this is made up for by the diversity of fun sport-climbing routes.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Getting to Brooklyn Boulders is easy using the T. Just take the red line to Porter Square, then walk southeast down Somerville Avenue for 0.9 miles. You can also take the #83 or #87 MBTA bus to the Somerville Avenue at Central Street stop.
By car, from I-93 take exit 30, then MA-38S and right on Temple Street. Turn left on School Street and follow to Somerville Avenue. Follow Somerville Avenue right for 0.2 miles and arrive at Brooklyn Boulders. Parking is free at 30 Dane Street nearby.