Top five skate parks across the U.S.
Looking to take a road trip this summer? Why not bring your board and a few buddies and make a pilgrimage to one – or all – of the best skate parks this summer. Test your skills with new courses that are widely recognized as some of the best in the states. You’ll be in good company riding these courses. Many pros have graced their presence and you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world once you have too.
- VANS Skatepark in Orange, Calif. This park, known as “The Block” has a 20,000-square-foot indoor wooden course with stair sets, rails, ledges and banks, as well as an outdoor concrete curse with moveable obstacles. If you don’t have room in your car for your board, you can even rent one for the day at The Block.
- Louisville Extreme Park in Louisville, Ky. With a full 24-foot concrete pipe, street, vert and transition style courses, no skater is left behind. The park boasts 40,000 square-feet of outdoor skating surface open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
- Skatepark of Tampa in Tampa, Fla. The S.P.O.T frequently changes its setup so riders never get bored with the course. This indoor/outdoor park has been the host to yearly pro and amateur contests since it was built. With pyramids, handrails, banks and quarter pipes, this course has something for everyone.
- FDR Skatepark in Philadelphia, Penn. This partially covered park is one of the best in the North East. Right under the I-95 overpass, and decked out in graffiti, old-school skaters know and love this park. You too will enjoy the bowls, vert walls, quarterpipes and pyramids that a park needs without feeling pretentious.
- Denver Skatepark in Denver, Colo. With an impressive 60,000 square-feet of outdoor park, Denver welcomes boarders, rollerbladers and bikers of all levels. This park offers multiple sized bowls, ledges, handrails and a euro gap, and is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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