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The Cliffs at LIC

Sports and fitness, Climbing Long Island City
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
The Cliffs at LIC
Photograph: Courtesy Cliffs at LIC

Time Out says

As the perfect spot to learn the ropes, the friendly staff at this facility are well equipped to share their knowledge. If you’re nervous about trying rock climbing for the first time, the $49 introductory class gives you a full 1.5 hours of instruction where you learn the knots, harness procedures and safety precautions you’ll need to pass a belay test (the price includes a day-pass and gear rental, so you’ll be all set to jump into the deep end). Avid climbers should look into the membership ($105/month) to gain access to special clinics, which teaches you how to transition from indoor courses to real cliffs. Day passes $28.



Address: 11-11 44th Dr
New York
Cross street: between 11th and 21st Sts
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5 out of 5 stars

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Super awesome climbing space in LIC. It's convenient to several subway lines (great if you're meeting up with friends from multiple neighborhoods). They offer climbs at all levels, through top rope or by bouldering. There's even options for slack lining (including one that's a mere few feet off the ceiling). If you go alone there are a few auto-belays you can use, but it does get pretty crowded, so you'll likely have to wait a bit.

If you're new to the gym orientation only takes two minutes, and rentals are inexpensive (about $11). They also have a sister location in Dumbo, which is exclusively outdoor bouldering. 

Extremely family friendly and helpful staff, who love what they do and want to help both new and familiar climbers challenge themselves. The gym on the second floor has everything you need if you choose not to climb, and there are good yoga classes. The gym's friendly staff and demeanor attract really friendly climbers, making it a great community to be part of.

Dogs are also allowed in the premises as long as they're attached to the dog blocks around the gym. They make a great distraction when you're taking a climbing break!

Definitely a better deal to stay there for a few hours.


This place is great for rock climbers at all levels. There are people working on-site that will help you climb if it's your first time, or simply can help you with any questions you might have. They have plenty of self-belay machines, which means you can go do this even if all of none of your friends want to! The best part about this gym is that you pay for an entire day pass! That means you can make a day of rock climbing and exploring the area. When I went we got coffee at small shop around the corner, climbed for a bit, stopped and got lunch in the area, and then came back for a couple more rounds. Definitely the most bang for your buck that I have seen in the area. BONUS: the full day pass also includes access to their small gym are with weights and machines. Even though I currently live in Hoboken, the all day pass makes the trip worth it for sure. This is a great activity to get out and be active, even when its a frozen tundra in NYC!

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