Climb Outdoors at DUMBO Boulders

New York Dumbo Boulders

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Fitness, Rock Climbing

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  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area

Practice bouldering at North America's largest outdoor rock climbing gym after work. Of course you aren't climbing mountains, but at least the view of the East River isn't too shabby!

Enter at the corner of Adams St. and John St. and see the Manhattan Bridge above you. To your left is the new DUMBO Boulders, the largest outdoor rock gym in North America: at least for now.

At only $9 for a day pass, includes the price of rental shoes, it's a steal compared to any gym in the city. To make things go faster, you can do an online waiver here. They have Ipads that make signing in easy, but the link is for those that can't wait. The gym is open 7 days a week: 12PM - 8PM weekdays and 9AM - 8PM weekends. The facility can fit up to 250 climbers; so make friends!

This is a bouldering gym, so no harnesses. If you are looking for some belaying, this isn't the place. The difficulty is set by color coded holds; if you're color blind, bring a friend! The levels range from VB (beginner - purple) to V10 (advanced - blue).

People of all experience levels can come here and try bouldering for the first time or practice their skills. However, I'd say that this place is probably more for someone that doesn't take themselves too seriously. Being in a popular area, there are bound to be loud kids and people that have no idea what they are doing. But if you live near Brooklyn and want to climb a little outside, with such a cheap price, I'd say go for it!

Pack List

  • Comfortable Clothes
  • Rock Climbing Shoes (rentals come with admission price)
  • Chalk (available for purchase - $2)
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Great views, awesome price for a fun afternoon bouldering, not very crowded during the week, friendly staff. So much to explore I. The surrounding parks and piers.

12 months ago
12 months ago

Went this past Monday evening after work and it was perfect! There were no obnoxious people or crowds and I didn't have to wait at all for any climb. Maybe I waited for one person to go ahead of me, but by that point I needed a break in between climbs anyways. Everyone working and climbing there were so helpful, friendly and open to chat. Would still recommend this place to anyone that likes bouldering!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This place wasn't crowded at all on a Wednesday evening which made the experience super chill. It's an affordable & accessible place to practice bouldering. Climbing to the top also rewards you with a view of the skyline.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Good vibe, people, climbs, and times. Also, great view!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Lara Paul

if you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.

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