When wheels were invented society evolved, our means of transportation and the sports we practice changed, amongst other things.

We now enjoy skateboarding, roller derby, artistic roller skating, roller speed skating, biking, drafting, jam skating, outdoor hockey, and many other sports with wheels.

Roller skates have been around since the 18th century —when they first appeared in Europe. Since then, roller skating has spread across the globe as a recreational activity, a sport, and a form of transportation.

You can go skate in a roller rink, find a skatepark, or go to outdoor spaces with flat surfaces, like a trail beside a river or the beach. People enjoy skating because it can be relaxing, fun, and a great way to spend time with your family, especially the kids!

If you're not interested in relaxing, you can always learn a sport like the ones we mentioned above. Roller skate events are very competitive and learning to master any sport in skates has an added degree of difficulty, but it's much more rewarding once you master the use of the skates.

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There are 7 types of skates: roller derby skates, jam, speed, artistic, rhythm, inline, and outdoor skates, and each of them serves a different purpose. Photo by Matias N Reyes on Unsplash

Skates are also used as a form of transportation both for tourists visiting or local people trying to get around the city. However, not every place in the world is skate friendly and you need to know where to go.

Some locations in the United States are safer for skating than others. In this article, we'll tell you which cities are skate friendly, and some famous skateparks and roller rinks in the country.

Continue reading to learn more about safety measures you can take while roller-skating and how to avoid getting hurt.

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Cities to roller skate

With the increasing polluting nature of metropolises, many mayors and local governments are turning all their efforts to make cities more pedestrian, bike, and skate friendly.

We can guarantee you that every city in the United States has more than one safe place or trail for skaters to go enjoy. But, many other cities are better equipped, have more space, and it's just cooler to skate in certain places.

Some cities only have a park at the city center, others have more than one trail that is miles long. So, which are these cities?

Here is a list of the cities to roller skate in the US according to the Inline Skates website:

  • Manhattan
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Seattle
  • San Diego
  • Chicago
  • Washington D.C.
  • Fort Lauderdale
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You can enjoy the sport in roller rinks, or maybe a beach trail, or roll around the city center for free and enjoy everything a metropolis offers. Photo by Matteo Paganelli on Unsplash

These cities are famous for many different things, but they all have a particular trait that makes skating much more fun. For instance, San Diego and Fort Lauderdale have long beaches where people can skate just beside the shore. These long trails are the perfect spot for an afternoon of roller skating.

Manhattan has the Hudson and just having the opportunity to go around this island is an experience in itself. Now, imagine doing it in roller skates! In cities like Chicago and Los Angeles, you have peers and a lake or beach respectively.

These are all places that have beautiful spots you can enjoy with your family, friends, kids, partners, and more.

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The best parks in the US to roller skate

Finding an open doors spot to skate can be very relaxing and it is a great idea for a romantic date. The scenery that a park offers is perfect for a fun outing. Besides, if you live in a polluted area, going to the park means finally breathing some fresh air.

However, every park is not adequate for skating. If you want to go to a place with good flat floors and space for skating you should do your research and check for locations with adequate space close to you.

Central Park

There's nothing better than a nice day spent in Manhattan's famous park. Central Park is the fifth-largest park in NYC, covering 843 acres and located between the Upper West and Upper East Side.

It is the most visited urban park in the United States, with an estimated 42 million visitors annually, and is the most filmed location in the world. Central Park has everything, including trails and open spaces where you can go roller skate.

Mission Bay Park

Mission Bay is located in San Diego and it is famous for its combining nature of ocean and land. It covers 4,235 acres and more than half of it is water.

It has 27 miles of shoreline, and more than half of that are sandy beaches. You can enjoy and roll around its trails surrounded by palm trees, seagulls, and the ocean breeze. And you can even go for a swim to freshen up once you are done skating!

Lincoln Park

If you're planning to visit Chicago this summer you should definitely add this location to the list of spots you should visit there. It covers 1,200 acres and in it, there's a zoo, museums, monuments, and it includes seven miles of lakefront making it Chicago's largest park.

If you're visiting, you could rent out some roller skates and go around its locations without tiring yourself too much. People love this location because of the open space and the view of the lake.

National Mall and Memorial Parks

There's nothing like visiting Washington D.C. and grabbing a quick lunch while hanging around the National Mall and Memorial Parks. It covers 6,547 acres and is the home to the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and other iconic monuments.

If you're looking for something fun to do, you should grab your skates and go roll around this beautiful space and enjoy the history, nature, and fresh air.

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To start learning a new sport you need to be consistent and forgiving with yourself because you won't master a new skill after only one day of trying it out. Photo by Arif Maulana on Unsplash

If you're looking for a space to hold parties for your kids you should look into a skatepark or if you're interested in an indoor location you should check for a rolling rink.

Where is it safe to skate?

If you are new to roller skating you might be wondering how to find a good spot. It might seem kind of obvious, you're not going to start skating in an indoor location like your apartment. But there are some other things to take into consideration.

To make sure a space is good you should first look at the floors, especially if you're starting out. If the surfaces are rocky and bumpy you won't be able to skate freely, keep that in mind!

You should also pay attention to the number of people who attend the location regularly and see if it is adequate for wheels. Many outdoor locations have trails for bikers and skaters, be sure to find those.

There are many places where you can go skate for free and practice your skills or play around with other skaters. This is also a great way of meeting new people and making new friends! Having skating parties is a great idea because kids love being outdoors and playing with friends.

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How to avoid painful falls?

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There are some ice sports like hockey, that can also be played inland with the correct gear. Photo by Sean Bernstein on Unsplash

Many people are scared of starting out a new sport because they're afraid of hurting themselves. But falling and hurting yourself is part of the beauty of this sport because with every fall you'll learn to perfect your skills and eventually you'll master your roller skates.

If you end up falling, don't worry! Get right back up and once you're done skating don't forget to put some ice on the areas you're feeling some pain.

But, there are some things you can do to avoid badly hurting yourself. For instance, you can buy a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads. These will cover and protect the fragile areas of our bodies so that you prevent a freak accident from happening.

Finally, another way to protect yourself is by using a sweater and pants to cover your body and avoid heavy, painful scratches from falling on your bare skin. Now, we're not saying that during a hot summer day you should wear jeans and a sweater to go skate!

But, to summarize, the only way to avoid painful falls is by falling painfully over and over until you learn from your mistakes. With patience, time, and practice, you will become a pro at the sport!

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