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Indoor climbing doesn't need to be painful, and at the Brooklyn Boulders Climbing Gym, it's actually a fun experience! This climbing gym definitely has a hipper vibe than most, so expect lots of tattoos, and take in the funky graffiti in the building.

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Molly Hurford


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

10.6 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

1-4 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


$25 for a day pass, or you can get a membership.

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Brooklyn Boulders



When it’s hot in New York City, it’s freaking hot. And humid. And, let’s be honest, it smells a little bit like warm garbage. Sometimes, the urge to get away is just too intense—the city can be stifling. But if you’re a climber, there aren’t many close-by options, save one. An air-conditioned haven tucked away in Brooklyn, between Brooklyn Bridge Park and Prospect Park.

What Makes It Great

Finding outdoor climbing in the middle of one of the most frantic cities in the world is tough at best—there are a few great boulder spots, hidden and public, bur for solid top roping, there just isn’t much. That’s why I head to Brooklyn when the climbing bug really hits—or when it’s too damn hot or too damn cold to do anything outside.

In addition to being nice and cool, the Brooklyn Boulders gym is a slightly more punk-rock version of a standard climbing gym. Expect tattooed staffers and patrons, and graffiti art on the walls. 
There are a few spots in NYC—Central Park and High Bridge Park in particular—were you can go to boulder in the great outdoors, but the spots are few and far between, which is why I’m including a gym in a list of outdoor activities. Climbers gotta climb, and sometimes that means going inside. Luckily, Brooklyn Boulders is pretty rad, so it’s not too distressing.

As crazy as it may sound, Brooklyn Boulders is actually New York City’s only dedicated climbing gym. You can find rock walls in some spots, but this is the only place for real climbers to go and practice before heading out on trips to the Adirondacks for some real climbing. 

Bouldering routes change monthly, while top-rope routes are a bi-monthly affair. If you’re climbing solo, don’t worry—it’s called Brooklyn Boulders for a reason, and bouldering is more heavily featured than any other climbing, making it the ideal spot for a hard workout. The gym is 18,000 square feet, and almost entirely devoted to walls, walls and more walls. Music is always blasting, and there are always people there—of all types and ages—to cheer you on. It’s a friendly community, and there’s even a gym dog named Ophelia that might come watch you send a new route on occasion. 

The gym has your basic climbing, of course, but also offers classes, from climbing to yoga, in case you’re hoping to limber up a bit between sessions. It’s $25 for a day pass ($30 for the first day since it comes with an orientation), or a monthly membership for $99—not bad if you’re in the city and love climbing! 

Who is Going to Love It

Anyone looking to get some training in when the weather isn't cooperating!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The best part about the gym is the hours—it’s open 8 AM until midnight every day of the week, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, it actually opens earlier, at 7 AM. So even if you’re trapped in an office, a climb before or after work isn’t out of the question.

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Brooklyn Boulders

575 Degraw St
Brooklyn, NY, 11217
40.679726, -73.984226

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