Climbing in Bethlehem

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Philadelphia Rock Gyms challenges climbers of all skill levels with 2,000 square feet of climbing terrain, 1,500 square feet of bouldering plains, and more than 30 top ropes. Initiates to the vertical sport can get the hang of climbing basics during the gym?s variety of lessons, which impart skills such as proper technique and the ability to tell which rocks open a supervillain's secret lair. The gym also features a variety of team-building opportunities and private room rentals, as well as a pro shop that outfits patrons with the proper climbing equipment available for rent or purchase.

11 Lodi Hill Road
Upper Black Eddy,
PA
US

Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.

3143 York Road
Furlong,
PA
US

"Summer experiences for children should be fun, enriching and affordable." That's the overarching philosophy that Greenhill Day Camp runs by, and it's no surprise that it puts children's needs at the top. Connected to the exploration-centric Plymouth Meeting Friends School, the camp builds those experiences for kids each day with educational summertime activities. Camp sessions are grouped both by age and by theme, giving children the chance to choose a preferred camp week?perhaps one based on learning culinary skills or the wonders of science. In between the daily morning assembly and the campers' sleepy evening commutes home, they spend time splashing at the indoor pool, crafting sculptures from recycled finds, and figuring out which counselor might be the one who's cool with a surprise puppy visitor.

2150 Butler Pike
Plymouth Meeting,
PA
US

Knowledgeable, friendly locals enlighten visitors on their city's rich history, art, culture, and dining scene during Philadelphia Urban Adventures' informative walking excursions. Following a philosophy of responsible travel—which aims to support local businesses whenever possible—the guides steer sightseers through intriguing neighborhoods and districts such as Center City, the 9th Street Italian Market, and the campuses of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Along the way, they make pit stops at local pubs, cafés, galleries, and food trucks, working to cultivate an authentic experience for all guests. They also dispense helpful tips, such as how to talk to locals and where to find good views of cheesesteaks in their natural habitat.

1 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia,
PA
US

The City Mad Dash builds competitive camaraderie by sending teams of no more than five individuals on an urban scavenger hunt, armed with nothing but a smartphone as their guide. Participants activate the four-hour trek by logging into the GooseChase mobile application, rife with more than 40 missions to tackle urban landscape and more than 50 ways to capture rogue geese. Though assignments remain secret until the race, example activities include working covertly in a service job where team members are not employed, cleaning a stranger's car windshield, and convincing brave pedestrians to receive an on-street dental exam. Tasks are completed when a clear and creative photo is sent to a team of judges. The squad to accomplish the most challenges and interact with its city in the most inventive, least evil manner during the four hours earns $200, the title of Ultimate Scavenger Hunter, and a complimentary invisibility cloak. Participants can relive the action through an online album of photographs from every team's adventure. An after-party follows the event until 5 p.m.

2501 Meredith Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Helmed by a team of passionate climbing coaches, all three of The Gravity Vault's locations surround climbers with more than 13,500 square feet of climbable terrain. Walls tower past 40 feet, mimicking such natural rock formations as overhangs, keyhole arches, and slabs, and bouldering areas challenge climbers with a latticework of problems that?unlike most of life's?can't simply be solved with dynamite and a pair of roller skates. Visitors can choose from up to 60 top-rope stations, trusting either the trained staff or a certified fellow climber to man the ropes while they scramble to the summit. When not dangling from a hold or saving lost kittens from a rappel ledge, members can bulk up in the cardiovascular-training area.

40 Watchung Ave.
Chatham Township,
NJ
US