Best Bets for Where to Climb in Charlotte
When your child is looking to get active but the weather isn’t cooperating, try indoor climbing.
The foam pit below "The Wall" at Big Air Trampoline Park allows young adventure seekers to free climb.
Charlotte has several climbing options for your little mountain goat. Check out these locations around town. No need to be a member, all of these centers offer day passes.
Inner Peaks offers two locations in Charlotte – one in Crown Point and one in South End. Both are filled with a variety of different climbing walls. If you’re new to climbing, special packages are available for first-timers. Check the calendar for class schedules but pay attention because many classes require participants to be at least 16 years old. A single all-access day pass is $18 and equipment is available to rent for an additional charge. You can also purchase bundles of day passes or individual or household monthly memberships.
The trampoline park located at Crown Point off North Sardis Road offers a climbing wall with a bell to sound when you reach the top and a big foam pit to fall into. While at Big Air, consider trying out some of the other attractions like “The Big Slam” that allows you to jump off trampolines to slam dunk a basketball and “The Gauntlet,” a ninja-style course with an assortment of obstacles. Admission to the park is $15 for the first hour and $7 for the next. Spectators are admitted for free.
Both locations in Ballantyne and Northlake offer indoor rock walls for young climbers. For $5 you can participate in two or three climbs. The complex offers four different climbing stations each with unique challenges. If you make it to the top, sound the siren and celebrate. While at the complex, consider checking out the other attractions like laser tag, a ropes course, bowling and bumper cars.
If you want to take your climbing to a new level, consider heading to Kinetic Heights. Buy a 90-minute pass for $18 during certain “open play” hours. Enjoy the boulder wall, plus high ropes course, zip lines, ninja-warrior course, the Parkour training area and the warped wall.
For folks who live north of Charlotte, Cliff Hangers in Mooresville has a specially designed and designated climbing area just for kids. The gym also offers teams for children as young as 5. Classes are also offered, but most require climbers to be at least 13 years old. Families can enjoy climbing, rappeling and bouldering (without a harness) anytime. The gym is open seven days a week. A day pass is $12-$15, plus cost of climbing accessories.
Addie Gottwald is a graduate of Davidson College who now lives in South End.