Are your kids literally climbing the walls? Are you looking for a way for them to get moving that doesn't involve bathing suits and towels? Why not take them out to try rock climbing or bouldering?
If you are looking for an outlet for your little monkeys, you'll want to check out these spots. Keep in mind that most businesses require a signed waiver before kids can climb.
Austin Bouldering Project
979 Springdale Rd., Ste. 150
Austin / (512) 645-4633
Bouldering is rock climbing without using ropes or harnesses on climbs that don't go too high off the ground. Austin Bouldering Project has three different climbing areas designed specifically for toddlers, youth and teens.
Austin Rock Gym
8300 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. B102
Austin / (512) 416-9299
4401 Freidrich Ln., Ste. 300
Austin / (512) 416-9299
The north gym features bouldering, including the 30-foot tall wall called "The Big Pig." The south gym has up to 30-foot-tall sculpted, textured climbing walls featuring routes for every ability, as well as a large lead climbing area and a huge bouldering cave.
Crux Climbing Center
121 Pickle Rd., Ste. 100
Austin / (512) 931-3911
Crux features a rope canyon, bouldering corral, a bouldering cave and a transformer bouldering wall. The Panda-monium Room was designed with climbers aged 13 and under in mind, and has a slide, fireman's pole and a climbing wall. Kids 5 and under receive a discount for a day pass.
13301 N. US Hwy. 183
Austin / (512) 401-0000
Visitors 42" and up can climb 28 feet up in the 9,000-square-foot Rock Climbing Arena. There is also a bouldering area.
OUTDOOR OPTIONSYou may opt to climb on your own, but you can also choose to go with a guide or take climbing lessons.
Barton Creek Greenbelt
You can climb rocks or boulder or watch others scaling the cliffs at the Barton Creek Greenbelt. There are many places to access the greenbelt. To get to Maggie's Wall, a popular spot for climbers, park in the parking lot at the Loop 360 access at 3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy. To get to Gus Fruh, which includes the Kingdom of Ging, the Guide's Wall, the Gus Fruh aka Fern Bar Area and Thumbdance, head to 2642 Barton Hills Drive. To access New Wall, The Great Wall and the Terrace, take the Barton Skyway exit from Mopac until Barton Skyway dead ends into Spyglass Drive. Park near this intersection.
Bull Creek District Park
6701 Lakewood Dr.
Austin / (512) 974-6700
Bull Creek has several large boulders on the eastern edge of the park which draw climbers.
23610 Hamilton Pool Road
Dripping Springs / (512) 264-1923
Reimers Ranch has long been known as a haven for climbers.