Best Atlanta Rock Climbing Experiences for Families
Rock climbing in Atlanta is a great indoor activity that challenges bodies and minds that families with younger or older children can do together! These Atlanta rock climbing gyms are great places to get started with special programs for kids.
Located in Suwannee, youth climbing classes start at age 4, but beginners can just walk in for first instruction and climb time. The A Team, for kids ages seven-17, holds twice weekly coached practices, outdoor climbing trips, and competitions. Two-hour Family Fun Fridays (6-8 p.m.) include guided supervision for the whole family, or just the kids can climb while parents relax and watch! For a different experience, tweens and teens can try Cosmic Climb (Fridays 8- 10 p.m), a black-lit session set to dance music. Both Friday night experiences are $15 for two hours, climbing shoes not included.
Escalade has locations in Kennesaw and Peachtree City, and offers classes for beginners, along with parties and spring/summer camps. Visit on weekends for guided climb times that include supervised instruction. Homeschooler alert! Every third Thursday from 12-2 p.m. is Homeschool day, with discounted rates, equipment and guide included.
With locations in Kennesaw, Atlanta (near Mercer University) and a new one coming to midtown, Stone Summit is accessible to most of the metro area. Gear rental includes a harness, belay device, shoes, and chalk bag with chalk to keep sweaty hands dry. Kids 12 and older can take a belay class to learn self-sufficient climbing or a bouldering class. Summer camps, birthday parties and youth team programs are all available.
Kids ages seven-12 can visit for after-school climb times with a guide at this location on DeKalb Avenue in Candler Park-Atlanta. A youth climbing team meets twice a week to train on bouldering and rope climbing. Beginner classes and staff belay appointments require reservations, and summer camps and birthday parties are available, too. Friday nights after 6 p.m., any child under 18 or with a valid student ID can climb for just $6.
– Dalia Faupel