Climbing in Madison

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Helmed by a team of passionate climbing coaches, both of The Gravity Vault's locations surround climbers with more than 13,000 square feet of climbing space. Walls tower past 35 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,
NJ
US

Home to the state's largest freestanding bouldering island, New Jersey Rock Gym houses 12,000 square feet of vertical terrain to climb as well as 41 top roping stations. Armed with either day passes or membership, guests scamper up the gym's synthetic summits, hoping to ask questions of the learned ceiling light sequestered at the top of the mountain. While gear is included with some membership options, guests can opt to bring their own materials or rent the individual shoes ($5), harnesses ($4), or chalk bags ($2) they need from the pro shop. New Jersey Rock Gym offers a collection of educational course work in the vertical arts, teaching belay technique to beginners or advanced skills to adults. Children can also take advantage of youth climbing programs, mini camps, and birthday parties before retiring to private refreshment chambers to absorb bottles of electrolyte-infused refreshment. The nearby pro shop outfits climbers with name-brand gear for purchase, while a WiFi lounge transmits terabytes of data into nearby electronic devices or unsecured cyborg brains.

373 US Highway 46
Fairfield,
NJ
US

Gamin' Ride brings amusement park-style entertainment right to your door in the form of a video game theater complete with gaming consoles, high-definition displays, and 4D interactive technology. Arriving with a trailer full of gaming goodies, the Gamin' Ride crew accommodates groups of up to 16 in the indoor theater to play games on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, and the less-popular Kick the Can console.

Yet the experience is far from your typical video-game play, as players experience superrealistic touches while immersed in play. Some extras include vibrating seats that let you feel the intensity of a car chase and other games work with a Smell-O-Vision system that releases game-appropriate scents, such as fresh-cut grass during Madden games. Each trailer's library features 100 of the most popular multi-player games and also includes the latest sports releases, singing and dancing games, shooting games, and many Mario titles.

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Warren,
NJ
US

As the mother of three children, Tara started taking Zumba classes as a way to get back in shape. Not only did she quickly see results, she also had fun moving her body to the Latin-inspired beats. Now a certified Zumba instructor, Tara introduces others to this upbeat fitness craze during one-hour classes.

390 Cambridge Drive
Butler,
NJ
US

At Diamond Rock, climbers of all abilities clamber over 3,000 square feet of textured, sculpted surfaces, challenging their bodies and minds to pull themselves ever higher. The terrain ranges from sloping slabs to vertical faces to difficult overhangs, taking climbers up to 37 feet above the ground. But they don't have to go it alone. Help comes in the form of private lessons and group classes taught by experienced instructors. In beginner belay-certification classes, adults and kids aged 15 and older can learn how to wear harnesses and communicate with a belay partner to ensure a safe climb. Because Diamond Rock is located within a gymnastics facility, classes for younger children bring more fun by combining tumbling and gymnastics with climbing adventures, just like a first date with Spiderman.

182 State Route 10
East Hanover,
NJ
US

At Randolph Climbing Center, multistoried rock walls challenge guests to conquer gravity and strengthen their bodies one vertical step at a time. Those new to the sport can take classes that the cover fundamentals every climber should know, including how to use their rope to slow descents, provide leverage, and lasso dangling action heroes to safety.

3 Middlebury Blvd
Randolph,
NJ
US