Milwaukee Turners

Kilbourn Town

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Experienced instructors teach basic climbing, belaying & safety techniques before climbers tackle walls 26 feet high

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Promotional value expires Mar 19, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid until 9/19/11. Must activate by 3/19/12, membership expires 1 month from activation date for 1-month option; 2 months from activation date for 2-month option. Reservation required. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

If the Indiana Jones films have taught us anything, it is that in order to have a successful teaching career, one must train one’s upper body to be adept at dangling. Channel your inner action hero with today’s Groupon to the Milwaukee Turners. Choose from the following options:

  • For $15, you get a two-day introductory rock-climbing package (a $33 total value). The package includes:
  • One Learn to Climb class (a $25 value)
  • A one-day pass for an additional visit (an $8 value)<p>
  • For $37, you get a one-month introductory rock-climbing package (a $75 total value). The package includes:
  • One Learn to Climb class (a $25 value)
  • A one-month climbing membership (a $50 value)<p>
  • For $59, you get a two-month introductory rock-climbing package (a $125 total value). The package includes:
  • One Learn to Climb class (a $25 value)
  • A two-month climbing membership (a $100 value).<p>

Each Learn to Climb class includes:

  • One hour of instruction
  • Rental equipment
  • Day pass for the same day as the class<p>

The Milwaukee Turners, an organization that has helped foster the health of both bodies and minds for more than 160 years, teaches climbers ages 8 and older to scale manmade peaks inside a well-equipped rock-climbing facility. After outfitting each pupil with all the required gear and evicting any mountain goats disguised in sunglasses, the experienced climbing instructors will guide fingers and feet for 60 minutes through basic climbing, belaying, and safety techniques. Students can stick around after classes to ascend 26-foot-tall walls or return with daily and monthly passes to practice lead climbing with fixed draws and honing fruit-bat impressions by hanging upside down on a inverted lead-climbing headwall. More than 40 bouldering problems beckon visitors to conduct low-level climbs, and an 11-foot tread wall encourages infinite adventuring. Meanwhile, rock rings, Bachar ladders, and training boards help keep muscles in peak condition. Finally, mountaineers can rinse off and recharge their brain’s hydro-wheel at the locker room’s shower facilities.

Turner Hall, the main climbing facility, is a designated national landmark designed and built by prolific architect Henry H. Koch. After entering through an Italianate façade constructed with Cream City brick, feel free to scope out Where’s Waldo motifs in restored panoramic paintings on the building’s first floor.

Milwaukee Turners

Inspired by the German Turnverein associations of the early 19th century, the Milwaukee Turners first came together in the mid 1800s, gaining their charter from the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1855. In 1882, the group constructed Turner Hall, and the building has housed the organization and its stockpiles of sweatbands ever since. Over the decades, the hall has welcomed in visitors with a mission to help them create sound bodies and minds.

Though they derive their name from “Turnen,” the German word for gymnastics, the Milwaukee Turners teach visitors much more than just how to lasso a pommel horse. In addition to the gymnastic school, the organization schedules classes for yoga. Their rock-climbing wall's top ropes take climbers up 26 feet where they practice climbing or belaying techniques. To strengthen minds, the Turners lead meetings such as the 4th Street Forum, which discusses issues crucial to the community, and host concerts within the Turner Hall Ballroom.

Now a national landmark, Turner Hall echoes the organization's rich history. Sprung from the mind of famed architect Henry H. Koch, the building's design includes an Italianate façade crafted with Cream City brick and panoramic paintings that make visitors think they're trapped inside a cartoon. The venue boasts a beer hall and two-story ballroom, making it an ideal locale for special occasions.

Customer Reviews

We had a blast! Great staff!
Ashley H. · April 14, 2017
Staff was great!
Diana R. · March 23, 2017
Nice people, like it there. Would definitely recommend.
Martha M. · March 10, 2015
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    Kilbourn Town

    1034 N 4th St.

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203

    414-272-1733 x2

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