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10 Best Places To Inline Skate


We all know inline skating is an absolutely fantastic workout. What you may not think about with inline skating is that is also a fantastic way to take in the sights and sounds of wherever you are. I have worked tirelessly to put together a comprehensive list of the best places to go inline skating.


#1 New York City – NYC is an iconic skating city. There are inline skating trails everywhere, there are both outdoor and indoor rinks. When I am skating laps and the only goals are exercise and speed I put on my distance skates and go to Prospect Park or the big loop in central park. When I want to go for a cruise on a beautiful morning, I love going to the West Side Bike path and Hudson River Park. There are so many places to skate and the pavement conditions are always in good shape. If you love skating, New York City is a must visit.


Inline Skating NYC


#2 San Francisco - The famous Golden Gate Bridge is the backdrop for one of the best skating areas in the country. On Sundays, half of John F. Kennedy Drive is closed to traffic, and skaters can participate in roller hockey games, veer down a slalom course or hang around 6th Avenue and Fulton Street, where there's music playing and freestyle skating and dancing. A trip to San Francisco wouldn't be complete without participating in the Friday Night Skate, where hundreds of skaters meet weekly at 8:00 p.m. at the Justin Herman Plaza and finish their 12 mile skate around 11:30 p.m.


#3 Minneapolis – The birthplace of the brand Rollerblade has some magnificent inline skating trails and has an abundance of events from easy going fun group skates to marathon events. The trails here range from easier trails like Midtown Greenway, to trails with increasing difficulty like the River Parkways, the Gateway Trail, and the Elm Creek Trailway. See where it all started and go check out Minneapolis.


#4 Los Angeles – LA has a huge skater population. The views, the scenery, and the weather make LA a skaters paradise. Whether you are skating along the beach pathway that links Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Long Beach, cruising the Hollywood hills, or if your competing in the Long Beach Marathon. Los Angeles is a can’t miss destination on any inline skaters bucket list.


#5 Seattle – The city has become an inline skating Mecca in the Pacific North West. It is the home the the brand K2. There are absolutely phenomenal trails like the Burke Gilman Trail, Alki Beach, and Green Lake. There are tons of indoor rinks as well. Not to mention that Seattle has an incredibly active skating community. There are so many groups and clubs. Seattle is a perfect destination for skaters of all levels.


Inline Skating Miami

#6 South Beach - Miami is one of the most scenic places to skate, It may be one of the shortest pathways around, but the city is skate friendly, perfect for all you urban skating lovers out there. The people watching in South Beach is second to none and the architecture is unique and beautiful. Make sure you wear your helmet because this is a city that it is hard to keep your eyes focused on the road or the path with everything else that is going on around you


#7 San Diego - The year-round nice weather makes San Diego a must visit. I love skating on the pathways at Mission Beach & Mission Bay. Skating is not permitted on any streets where cars drive, nor on sidewalks in commercial districts. So put on your inline skates, there are miles of boardwalks and bike paths throughout the city, built specifically for this type of free-wheeling fun.


#8 Washington, D.C. – Our nation’s capital is tons of fun to skate. There is nowhere else that you can skate and see all the things that you can in D.C. From the memorials to the skate scene on the Avenue behind the White House. There is an active community of skaters and Washington D.C. is a great place to skate for an ability level.


#9 Chicago - The Chicago Lakefront Trail is your best bet when looking for a place to skate. This 18.5-mile path winds its way along Lake Michigan. The trail is paved and frequented by joggers, walkers, bikers and inline skaters. Or, to escape the rush of the city, skate on a quiet trail like the 20-mile-long North Branch Trail, which begins at the intersection of Caldwell and Devon Avenues, north of downtown, and winds north along the Chicago River. The city has so many good places to rollerblade.


#10 Fort Lauderdale – This rounds out my list. Fort Lauderdale is more than a spring break destination. There is an enormous amount of beachfront to go skating at. The path quality isn’t amazing everywhere along the beach which is why this is lower on my list. However, it is an ideal place to skate in the winter and in the summer, just be sure to get out there in the morning or after dinner to avoid the heat. Fort Lauderdale is great for outdoor rollerblading.


There are so many beautiful places to go skating that it was hard to narrow it down to just ten. If we are being totally honest if you’re out skating then that’s the best place to be skating!