It’s not a crime to mix in a little heart-pumping adrenaline while you’re on your relaxing Florida vacation. And no, we’re not talking about a cliché ride on a roller coaster. We’re talking about rock climbing! This sport slash athletic challenge is booming in popularity and many rock climbing gyms have opened to meet that demand.
These places are INCREDIBLE and worth your while. If you’re a novice – you’ll appreciate the safety measures and how easy it is to get started! If you’re a pro, some gyms offer climbing walls that will leave your forearms burning.
We chose these award-winners based on based on reviews, unique features, facilities, price point, and our own extra subjective criteria. Book a trip to Florida and stop in to any of these rock climbing gyms and you’re on your way to an unforgettable experience.
Best Rock Climbing Gyms in Florida
In their own words: X-TREME Rock Climbing Center of Miami is South Florida’s premier full service rock climbing center offering indoor rock climbing, rock climbing instruction, full exercise facility and a spacious Yoga facility.
Now Climbers Can Enjoy:
- A fun and exciting environment where you can come to climb or just hang out with other climbing addicts like yourself
Over 14,000 sq ft. of Climbing.
- An enclosed yoga & separate party rooms for our members and guests.
- Lots of quality routes, set often, and by nationally certified route setters.
- A fully stocked pro shop where you can get all the best climbing clothing and gear you need. Ask about our discounted Starter Packages!
- Free Wi-Fi, great music, and many more features
In their own words: Providing Tallahassee, and the surrounding communities with a place to learn and practice the sport of indoor rock climbing. Located inside a historic railroad warehouse, our walls reach 32 feet high and offer challenges for both beginners and experienced climbers. No experience or special gear necessary; Our Belay Class can have you climbing in 45-60 minutes. Proud to be locally owned and operated since 1995. Dedicated to the sport, passion, and lifestyle of climbing.
In their own words: Aiguille has 10,000 square feet of climbing on walls up to 36 feet high. We offer 27 toprope walls, a dedicated lead climbing area, and several dedicated bouldering only areas designed to be accessible to all ability levels. Whether you are a new climber or a seasoned veteran, there is something fun and challenging to try!
Our extensive proshop offers a wide range of climbing products for indoor and outdoor climbing. We regularly stock climbing shoes and harnesses in a variety of sizes so you can see what works for you before you buy. You can also browse different ropes, carabiners, training tools, and more. We stock most major climbing brands, and most small ones too!
In their own words: We love climbing. We love climbing so much, that we want others to love it as much as we do.
We’re a community based gym that focuses on our members and youth competitive team first and foremost. We think climbing is a beautiful, freeing lifestyle sport that benefits the body as well as enriches the mind and strengthens the spirit. Climbing has a social aspect that we especially crave, and love how it brings folks together. Unlike a lot of other sports, climbers of all levels and walks of life are constantly seen at the crag encouraging, laughing, and loving together. We’re here for each other, and all we want- even when competing with others, is for everyone to succeed in unison. We’re here for our members, and our community- because they love climbing as much as we do.
That being said, we’re not here for your novel entertainment. When we say we love climbing, we mean it. We’re obsessed. We hate the idea of climbing gyms as amusement parks, and think the world would be better without another carnival climbing tower with greased up holds and rigged games. We’re also not a ninja warrior gym, though ninja warriors are always welcome. We’re here to climb, and get others to climb. We’re here to share our experiences with you, but not on our terms, not on your terms- but on Climbing’s terms.
In their own words: On The Edge has been serving Central Florida and the Space Coast since the year 2000. We are the number one destination for your goals to reach new heights and to overcome your fears. OTE is right for everyone at any age and anyone is welcome to participate at any level.
In their own words: Vertical Ventures Tampa has been the premiere climbing destination in the Bay area for 20 years. Whether you’re a hardcore boulderer or a first-time newbie, we’ve got what you need to take your climbing to the next level.
- 60+ Bouldering Routes
- Lead Climbing Arch
- Freestanding Boulder
- 10 Top Rope Stations
- 5 Autobelays
- Treadwall, Campus Board & Slackline
In their own words: The 55-foot tall climbing wall located at the Lake Wauburg South Shore has 19 routes to challenge both novice and advanced climbers. A bouldering grotto is also available to improve climbing technique. An auto belay is an automatic belay device that takes up the slack as a climber ascends the climbing wall. When the climber reaches the top, or if they fall, the auto belay catches the climber and slowly lowers them to the ground. Lake Wauburg has four auto belays that cover 6 routes.
Like climbing at Lake Wauburg? Take it to the next level and get a belay card! Belaying is the safety technique used to control the rope and keep the climber safe while they climb. A belay card allows you to belay your friends at the climbing wall. This means no appointment is necessary to climb! Belay cards are only available to Gator 1 Card holders. Belay classes begin at the start of each day – Weekdays: 1:00pm and Weekend days: 10:00am. Belay classes are two hours long and we encourage you to take it with friends so that you may belay each other.
In their own words: Housed within the RWC, the Climbing Tower offers premiere indoor climbing for students at UCF. Standing at 41 feet, the tower is comprised of over 20 top-rope routes in a wide range of difficulty levels, making it a great place for beginners as well as avid climbers.
Bouldering routes are also available for those interested in climbing low to the ground. Come to the Climbing Tower to sign up for Belay Certification classes and find out about upcoming events and competitions. There is no experience necessary, so if you’re interested stop by and talk with any of the helpful staff.
Belay sessions are offered to anyone who wants to learn how to belay. Belaying is a technique where a rope is secured to a person as they climb up the tower. Learning the proper belay techniques allow a student to help a friend safely climb the tower.
Belay sessions are available by signing up at least 48 hours in advance, but space is limited to 6 people a session. In order to be able to complete a Belay test, participants must have attended a previous Belay class and successfully demonstrate the proper skills. Sign up for Belay sessions at the RWC Climbing Tower front desk during normal business hours. Students can take the stairs or elevators to the first floor and go left. The desk is behind the stairs in the northeast corner of the main building.
In their own words: The Sun Country Sports 2,500 square foot indoor rock wall allows you to push your limits in safety and comfort. Our state-of-the-art facility mimics many of the features and textures found on a real rock cliff. We offer classes for climbers of all ages and skill levels, from basic belaying to lead climbing. Our competitive team, Team Rocks, competes around the Southeast. Climbers are also welcome to drop-in and climb any time the wall is open! We offer daily drop-in rates, as well as monthly climbing passes and 5-daily climb punch cards.
- Sun Country Rocks has over 2,500 square feet of climbing space
- Top-rope climbing, lead climbing and bouldering available
- 900 square feet free-standing cave
- 100 square foot campus board
- Lessons offered to children and adults of all levels
- Belay certification class included with the price of admission
- Teams and various rock climbing events throughout the year