Things to do for Active Kids
Vertical Endeavors Minneapolis Minneapolis
Where is it at?
Vertical Endeavors Minneapolis
26th & Nicollet Avenue South
Where are we going today?
Who's ready to get climbing! It's such a fun thing to do with the family AND it's great for kids health! Vertical Endeavors Minneapolis is also built in one of the last historic Ice House buildings that remain, so it's a historic experience too!
With 28,000 sq feet of climbing wall, you will be able to find the right climb for you. All of the climbs are color coded by difficulty, so you can start at the easiest, and work your way up to expert! It's such a great experience for kids to see themselves improving every time - finally getting to the top of a route and then moving on to the next color.
If you have never climbed before, don't you worry because Vertical Endeavors Minneapolis is there to help everyone - whether you have never held a rope before, to those who are awesome pros. There are areas to try lead-climbing, and top-roping, and even bouldering which is a great way for kids to practice.
Bouldering is where you aren't attached to rope, but you're very low to the ground, which is covered in nice soft padding. It's there they can learn the feel of the holds, and build their upper body strength.
There are also 24 auto belays so you don't need any experience to use those, and you know that you are safe with the technology instead of having to find a second person to belay you.
Did you know that Vertical Endeavors do indoor AND outdoor climbing? Why not practice a few times indoors then head out into nature and try and climb actual rocks for real? It's a different experience, but just as satisfying!
The whole family can join in - so get climbing!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$15 Weekday / $17 Weekend
- Children$15 Weekday / $17 Weekend
When can we go?
Monday to Friday 8am-11pm // Saturday 10am-11pm // Sunday 10am-6pm
362 days a year
It's great for keeping the kids physically fit! Great for muscle strength, and increasing focus and teamwork skills. They have a number of field trip options, so just ask them about it! .
It's always great to take a bottle of water and healthy snacks when you visit so you can keep that energy up! .
Any Top Tips?
Rentals of the harness, shoes and chalk bag are extra. .
Doing our bit
They are all about safety - and so their helmets are free for your use! Their staff is on hand to give you the safety and most fun experience they could do. .
Need a little extra help?
You do need to be physically mobile to climb, but give them a call to discuss any disabilities you might have.
Can I get one of those?
The Pro Shop is where you can grab all your rock climbing gear if you love it and want to continue ! .
Why not have your birthday party at the center? There are fun birthday party packages just for you! .
What people are saying?
by Matt Sander
Good variety, routes seemed to be rated fairly. However, some inexperienced kid "failed" me on my belay test, because I had 5 inches of excess above the figure 8 knot instead of 6 inches, and I hadn't locked the carabiner connecting my ATC to my belay loop after I double checked that it was closed and secure. I have done my top rope certification through Vertical Endeavors twice in the last 5 years and have taken more belay tests than I can count. I have been told multiple times by Vertical Endeavors staff members that that specific carabiner doesn't...Read More
by Mackenzie Kilkelly
I am a beginner and the staff was very helpful to make sure I climbed everything safely. It's a great workout and I had a blast. I will definitely be coming back.
by Travis Nelson
Place is super sick and lots of routes to choose from. Will be going back in the future. At 43 dollars per day it can get a little expensive.
by Andrew Hagen
Great staff, knowledgeable, helpful. The walls have a good about of variety. They just got some new route setters, and the variety has gone up. Most difficulty ratings are pretty accurate.
The auto-belays are fantastic if you don't have a climbing partner. Top ropes are top ropes. But the Lead walls are way better than St Paul. Some roofs, some inclines, some vertical.
by Bob Johnson
I agree with some of the other reviewers: annoying rubber pieces, absent staff, and overcrowded gym. While I still go here on a somewhat regular basis, the gym is rather poor to fair compared to several other indoor gyms I have climbed at. In addition to the over crowded nature of this gym, the route setting is obviously done by inexperienced setters (unless you like performing the same climbing move all the way up an 80 ft route)....at some point it has to be more about the money...
by Matt Sander
Good variety, routes seemed to be rated fairly. However, some inexperienced kid "failed" me on my belay test, because I had 5 inches of excess above the figure 8 knot instead of 6 inches, and I hadn't locked the carabiner connecting my ATC to my belay loop after I double checked that it was closed and secure. I have done my top rope certification through Vertical Endeavors twice in the last 5 years and have taken more belay tests than I can count. I have been told multiple times by Vertical Endeavors staff members that that specific carabiner doesn't have to be locked. I thought this kid was joking. Thought I'd pass along their personal preferences for people taking their belay test in the future. Also, material was falling off of the wall into my face on a couple climbs.