Summer in Shanghai means soaring temperatures and stubborn showers. First off, if you're in Shanghai during summer, don't forget these essentials. If you're looking for something fun to do that doesn't expose you to the elements, here are a couple we've rounded up, from indoor rock climbing and cage batting to laser tag and trampolines.
Where: Jump 360, 1408 Jidi Lu (near Jizhan Lu) | 258 Changjiang Lu (near Jungong Lu)
Trampolining is so popular, they built a massive indoor space to cater to the market with Jump 360. While it may not be the only sports facility in Shanghai with trampolines, this 5,550sqm space is beyond impressive with a few dozen trampolines, foam pits, obstacle courses and more. They even have a parkour zone, as well as dodgeball, basketball, volley ball and bubble football. They also have a kids zone for the younger ones. Of all the things to do in Shanghai, this may be the most diverse venue.
Where: Shanghai Stadium Rock Climbing Center, Entrance 6, 666 Tianyaoqiao Lu (near Lingling Lu)
The highest rock climbing wall in China is located in Shanghai reaching over 20m high with eight different walls ranging in difficulty, accesibile for beginners and experts. It's a great option to stay in shape as rock climbing works out your body and helps in buidling core strength. Most rock climbing places require patrons to own their own gear which can be quite pricey, but this center costs less than RMB100 per session with gear included.
Where: CAGES Bar and Sports, 3/F Jing'an Sports Centre, 428 Jiangning Lu (near Wuding Lu)
CAGES Bar and Sports boasts over 700sqm of space, including a 400sqm turf area. It's one of the best sports bars in Shanghai, too, with TV screens all around. In addition to their state of the art batting facilities, they also have air hockey, squash, bubble football and more. They serve bottled beer and on draft, as well as bar food—burgers, nachos, deep-fried goodies and the like. Suitable for an all day affair.
Where: Mr. X, Bldg, 1 550 Jumen Lu (near Quxi Lu)
Working out more the grey matter than sheer muscles, Mr. X is a brain tickling challenge where you and a group of friends find yourselves locked in a room with nothing but your wits. The objective: get out as quickly as possible. Clues and red herrings are strewn about the room for you to solve as a team like a life-sized puzzle. It's one of the most popular indoor games and things to do in Shanghai. Cool fact: they serve beer. Pro tip: drink after you play.
Where: X Club, B/1 366 Zhaojiabang Lu (near Xiangyang Lu)
For some family-friendly fun, try out this cyberpunk laser tag arena. There is also a kitchen and a bar for adults if you're worked up an appetite after a session. One round costs RMB50 for a 15-minute session, while RMB100 will get you three sessions.
Indoor Spaces For Sports
If you want to explore more options, check out our list of indoor sporting venues, which includes badminton, rock climbing, archery, bowling and more. They are some more fun options like Bubble Football, ice skating and parkour.
Shop Till You Drop...or Watch a Movie
Visit one of Shanghai's many malls for window shopping and maybe a movie. Most of the malls on this list like iapm, ifc and Metro City have cinemas, so you can also catch a movie while you're at it. The food options like aren't half bad either. You have a few Michelin starred restaurants in iapm, too.
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