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A Guide To Extreme Sports In Boston

- By Cristy MaldonadoThe falling temperatures may make outdoor exercise difficult, but there are plenty of indoor recreational activities for you to try this fall, including activities you may not have considered before. This guide to Boston area extreme sports will offer you alternatives to traditional exercise with an eye towards safety and convenience. With the right equipment and guided instruction, you too can enjoy the wilder side and have a fun and safe time while you're at it.

Rock Climbing

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MetroRock Rock Climbing Centers

Everett Location:
69 Norman Street
Everett, MA 02149
(617) 387-ROCK (7625)
Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs - Noon to 10pm; Tues, Fri, Sat - 10am to 10pm; Sun - 10am to 6pm

Newburyport Location:
40 Parker Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 499-ROCK (7625)
Newburyport: Mon through Fri - 10am to 10pm; Sat and Sun - 10am to 6pm
Costs: Day Rates - $10 Child - $18 Adult

With harnesses and a climbing partner (on belay!), indoor rock climbing is great way to meet new people and exercise indoors. This challenging yet fun activity will definitely push you to your limits. From beginner to advanced classes, MetroRock Rock Climbing Centers, with locations in both Everett and Newburyport, offer different options based on your interest and fitness level. If you're completely new to rock climbing and looking for a partner, MetroRock offers a partner program to help you get started. Visit the website to read about classes, requirements, and specials.

Laser Tag

Combine a fast paced environment with a good dose of science fiction and you have laser tag. Wearing protective gear and using laser guns that emit infrared light, individuals or teams can score points by hitting targets or capturing the opposing team's space. There are a number of laser tag facilities in the Greater Boston Area such as LaserCraze (North Andover), LazerZone (Randolph and Marlboro), and Laser Quest (West Roxbury and Danvers). Visit the websites to find more information about hours, rates, and other events.


SkyZone Indoor Trampolines

91-B Sprague Street,
Boston, MA 02136

SkyZone Indoor Trampolines, located in Boston, is more than just jumping, somersaults, and cannon balls. In addition to traditional trampoline activities, SkyZone offers team sports like dodgeball and their own game, SkyZone the Sport. Visit the website for more information about open jumps, team sports, and rates.

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Boston Paintball

121 Webster Avenue
Chelsea, MA
(617) 941- 0123
Hours: Sat and Sun - 10am to 8pm; Mon and Tue - 12pm to 8pm;
Wed, Thurs, and Fri - 12pm to 10pm

Similar to laser tag, in paintball players can compete as individuals or members of a team to eliminate opponents by shooting them with balls filled with non-staining paint. Boston Paintball, located in Everett, offers both indoor and outdoor playing fields and tournaments to appeal to your competitive spirit. Visit the website to learn more about rates.

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Boardwalk Skateshop and Indoor Skate Park

10 Micro Drive
Woburn, MA 01801
Cost: $9 before 6pm - $6 after 6pm
Weekly and Monthly rates available

Boardwalk Skateshop and Indoor Skate Park, located about 10 miles north of Boston in Woburn, offers an indoor skate park, private lessons, and a summer skate camp - perfect for teenagers during long weekends and school breaks. If you love skating – make sure to check out Sk8 the St8's – a father-son coast to coast skate boarding adventure. Find out what these duos found in skate parks around the country and how they bonded on the road!

Cristy is a Boston-based blogger in constant pursuit of fun activities in the city. Read more of her work at

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