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Seattle has plenty of sporty spots for you to try—no matter the weather.

Rock climbing is a year-round pursuit thanks to attractions like the in-store Pinnacle climbing wall at REI (222 Yale Ave N; and gyms like Seattle Bouldering Project (900 Poplar Pl S; This gym stars dozens of routes for everyone from newcomers to fingertip-gripping pros. A drop-in day pass costs $16, and shoe rentals are free for first-timers. Stone Gardens (2839 NW Market St; offers free-form bouldering walls as well as harnessed climbs. A day rate is $17, with $10 for a shoe, harness, belay, and chalk bag rental. And Vertical World (2330 W Commodore Way; offers the Rock Climbing Experience ($70), an hour-long introductory session to climbing.

Embrace winter’s chill with a monthly curling workshop at Granite Curling Club (1440 N 128th St; Regulars teach newcomers the basics of the sport, from sweeping to throwing the stone. A workshop is $25 and should be reserved in advance.

If you need more adrenaline, Parkour Visions (1210 W Nickerson St; offers free classes for first-timers to hone their free-running skills. Indoor skydiving venue iFLY (*349 Tukwila Pkwy, Tukwila;
provides wind-in-your-face thrills. And the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (674 S Orcas St; hosts pay-per-flight Fridays, where those 4 and older can swing on the trapeze. It’s $10 for the first flight, and $5 for each extra turn.

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