Kids have an innate desire to climb everything from kitchen counters to trees––and if they’re metaphorically climbing the walls at home, it’s time to give them a literal outlet. Whether your little monkey is all beginner or ready for bouldering, we’ve rounded up the best indoor rock climbing gyms in San Diego. Scroll through our slideshow to see where to scale new heights.

Vertical Hold

One of San Diego’s premier hot spots for indoor rock climbing, Vertical Hold is ideal for every age and every ability. Camp Vertical, ideal for kiddos as young as 7, offers activities such as climbing, slackline, rope ladder, yoga and obstacle courses. Perhaps your climbing monkey will take an interest in environmental stewardship, community, or leadership… because at Vertical Hold, they teach them all! Vertical Hold also offers packages for special events like birthday parties, scouts, field trips and more. Party packages include unlimited climbing for all guests, rental gear and rental space. Get vertical!

Gym Locations:

13026 Stowe Dr.
Poway, Ca 92064

San Diego
2074 Hancock St.
San Diego, Ca 92110

San Marcos
992 Rancheros Dr.
San Marcos, Ca 92069


photo: Greg B. via Yelp


Where do you take your fam for indoor rock climbing? Tell us in the comments below!

––Elizabeth Silva