Albany Indoor Rockgym has very nice indoor climbing facilities. They have also built a one-of-a-kind indoor cave that runs behind the walls and up over the ceiling. It's a real maze inside and can take quite a while to find your way out (it's pitch black in there, no lights allowed).
Equipment rental is an additional fee. They also have climbing shoes for rent (highly recommended if you don't have your own). If you haven't been climbing before they'll give you a quick tutorial to get you started and then before you know it you'll be hanging from the ceiling like a spider.
A release form, signed by a parent or guardian, is required for each participant. You can save yourself a lot of time by printing them from the web site and filling them out before you go.
It's best to plan on spending several hours there. You can bring your own food for when you get hungry, or there's a pizza shop in the same building complex, a short walk outside.
3pm-10pm on weekdays, 12pm-10pm on weekends, and 10am-10pm on school vacation days and some special holidays ( call for details ). Summer hours (JUNE 1st) are 1pm-10pm on weekdays and 12pm-6pm on weekends. Special hours may be scheduled for groups of 20 or more.
Individual admission: $12.00
Equipment rental: $6.50
Group discounts are available. Check their web site.
Admission for individuals is by full-day pass, and permits access to both the cave and the climbing walls. Equipment rental is likewise full-day, but is only necessary for climbing (not for caving). Basically, you pay one price up front and you can climb 'till we close. If you want, you can leave, get lunch, whatever, and come back; re-entrance is free for the rest of the day (for individuals only).
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