In November, the Liberty Science Center unveiled their new Infinity Climber. We couldn't wait to try it out for ourselves. This multi-story climbing apparatus dangles in the air in the middle of the museum and is an amazing sight. It looks like a giant teardrop and is 26 feet wide, 24 feet deep and 19 feet tall including 64 giant curved "plates" that you step on to navigate around it. It’s surrounded by 19 miles of hand-threaded wire that looks like mesh, but actually keeps climbers securely inside (see: "dangles in the air").
The structure was designed by Spencer Luckey, president of Luckey Climbers, an architectural firm that specializes in climbing structures like this one — and it’s the world's first suspended climbing play space of its kind. It's meant for kids (over 42 inches tall) and adults—and we saw plenty of both inside on our visit: As many as 50 people are permitted to climb through the structure at once. The entrance and exit are in the same spot, so in addition to navigating the space itself, climbers must also work their way around other climbers. The entrance point is roughly at the middle of the structure, so climbers can choose to go up or down—or both.
Our climbers (3 kids and one adult) had a blast exploring the space, waving to each other from top to bottom, and racing to see who could get to the exit first. And while one of the 5-year-olds got frightened after a few minutes, he was easily able to climb out. All in all, we spent about 30 minutes exploring the structure and can't way to go back.
The Liberty Science Center is closed Mondays, and open Tues-Fri 9-4 and Sat-Sun 9-5:30. Your general admission fee covers entry to the Infinity Climber, but only guests over 42 inches will be allowed into the space.