For a complete skateboard travel experience, you need to know the best skate parks around. Here’s a list of some of the best.
5. Skatelab, Sims Valley, CA: You have to pay $10 for a three hour sesh, but the environs is quite welcoming. This is a great joint if you want to shred or if you’re just learning. They have a skate museum and a Skateboarding Hall of Fame.
4. Kona Skate Park, Jacksonville, FL: One of the oldest private skate parks in the world, this place has been around since the 70’s. The snake run is a 700 yard decline that drops over 100 feet, perfect for a longboard. Too intense? They have free classes for beginners every Saturday morning.
3. Louisville Extreme Park, KY: This is a gnarly park –they have a 24 foot full pipe. Nuff said.
2. Vans Skatepark i.e. “The
Block,” Orange, CA: Here is a replica of the original Combi pool, said to be one of the best ever. With 20,000 square feet of indoor space and an outdoor grid, you’ll stay busy.
1. Burnside, Portland, OR: This skate park was unofficially built by skaters and later approved by the city. Today it is the seat of skate culture in the northwest, and has a variety of terrain from sick bowls, to bumps and walls. Even if you’re beginning, this park is a must see.
There you have it. The top 5 complete skateboard parks in the country. Sure it’s subjective, but aren’t all lists?