Indoor Rock Climbing Places for Kids and Families in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

You can reach summits without your feet leaving too far off the ground at these indoor rock climbing places in southeast Michigan.

Local rock climbers of all ages can tackle rock climbing at several indoor rock climbing places in southeast Michigan. Kids as young as five can strive to reach the summit at one of these spots. From top roping to bouldering, novice to veteran routes, private climbing lessons and kids’ programs, this list has got your family covered. So pick one of these indoor rock climbing walls, and let the fancy footwork begin. And if rock climbing isn’t for you, check out one of the other play centers for kids in Southeast Michigan.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Michigan’s three-week pause, many indoor gyms and play centers are currently closed. Call ahead before you head out and come back to this post when they reopen for more details. 

Bayou Adventure Family Entertainment Center

  • Address: 45300 Mound Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-731-3080
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-midnight daily
  • Costs: $5

Located at Joe Dumars’ Fieldhouse, the Cajun Cliffs 26-foot Climbing Wall features all-natural handholds, four routes and stop buttons at the top so you can record your times. Boasts climbing for all skill levels.

Boll Family YMCA

  • Address: 1401 Broadway, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-309-9622
  • Hours: 5-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-3 p.m. Saturday
  • Costs: Check ahead for membership costs

This 40-foot climbing wall features a natural, seamless rock face with routes for beginners through advanced climbers. The climbing wall is open when a safety instructor is on site.

Ford Community and Performing Arts Center

  • Address: 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-943-2350
  • Hours: 5-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: Daily passes: residents: $8/ages 4-12, $10/ages 13-plus; non-residents (must accompany a Dearborn resident): $9/ages 4-17, $13/ages 18-plus

Find dihedrals, arêtes (aka sharp mountain ridges), endurance routes and a 10-15 degree overhang on this custom-designed rock wall made to mirror a realistic alpine surface. Kids ages 6-12 can tackle the daily “Top Climber” Youth Wall Program to be eligible for prizes and even named on the spot’s leaderboard.

Life Time Fitness

Canton Township

  • Address: 1700 Haggerty Road North, Canton Township
  • Phone: 734-394-2800
  • Hours: 6-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, closed Thursday

Commerce Township

  • Address: 2901 Commerce Crossing Blvd., Commerce Township
  • Phone: 248-960-0955
  • Hours: open climb: 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday


  • Address: 40000 High Point Blvd., Novi
  • Phone: 248-735-0100
  • Hours: 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Friday

Rochester Hills

  • Address: 200 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-601-9400
  • Hours: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday and Friday

Shelby Township

  • Address: 14843 Lakeside Blvd., Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-532-1300
  • Hours: 6-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Friday


  • Address: 4700 Investment Drive, Troy
  • Phone: 248-267-1000
  • Hours: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday and Friday
  • Costs: Check ahead

Promote your body’s strength and agility with the rock walls at this fitness center chain. Offers open climbs, classes, scheduled group events and auto belays here. Find other on-site facilities like racquetball, tennis, squash and basketball courts; an indoor pool, a Pilates studio, and a LifeCafe and Spa for energy boosts. Don’t sweat taking the little ones – there are family locker rooms and an on-site child care center (typically open during workday hours and Saturdays).

Livonia Community Recreation Center

  • Address: 15100 Hubbard St., Livonia
  • Phone: 734-466-2900
  • Hours: 6-9 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Friday; 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $13/member, $16/resident, $19/non-resident

This 42-foot-high by 36-foot-wide rock wall comes equipped with 13 stations and offers several novice to challenging routes. Beginners must take a one-time class to learn how to belay. Experienced climbers must be “tested out” to receive their top-roping and lead-climbing cards. On “Social Climb” Fridays, pay $3 per climb, belayer provided.

Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center

  • Address: 5210 Gullen Mall, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-577-2348
  • Hours: 4-11 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • Costs: $15/daily pass without equipment rental, $20/with equipment rental; $80-$100/year-round pass

Got a Wayne State student? This rock climbing wall is located right on Wayne State University’s campus. The 30-foot-high climbing wall, equipped with beginner-expert, color-coded routes, features top-rope and lead options, and bouldering problems that reach 10 feet high. A belay check must be administered by staff.

Planet Rock Climbing Gym

Ann Arbor

  • Address: 82 Aprill Drive, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-827-2680
  • Hours: 3-10 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. No lessons given between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday

Madison Heights

  • Address: 1103 W. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-397-8354
  • Hours: 3-10 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
  • Costs: Day pass: $18/14-plus, $17/student, $13/military, $14/kids 5-13. Gear rental: $4/harness, $5/shoes, $2/chalk bag, $1/belay device

This chain offers the optimum indoor rock climbing experience. Find hundreds of top ropes that reach up to 50 feet, lead routes up to 85 feet, bouldering caves and motorized climbing walls. Weight equipment is available to amp up your climb. Check out the pro shop with premium gear on site. Inquire about childcare. Kids can join one of many programs, such as midair ballet using aerial silks, competitive leagues or private lessons.

Romulus Athletic Center

  • Address: 35765 Northline Road, Romulus
  • Phone: 734-942-2223
  • Hours: 4-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Costs: day passes: $8/resident, $12/non-resident

This 23-foot-high by 20-foot-wide climbing wall has three belaying stations and was “designed to replicate the look and feel of natural rock.” “The Rac Rock” boasts climbing for both novice and veteran climbers.

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly. 


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