6 Free Places to Roller Skate in San Diego

Sunny San Diego is the perfect place for people who love being outdoors. It’s especially great for those who love to exercise outside. On any random day, you’ll see people running, walking, bike riding, or doing yoga at one of our beautiful parks, beaches, or trails. 

You’ll also see people roller skating, gliding around anywhere there is a cement surface available. While the 1970s may have been roller skating’s heyday, the sport remains popular today thanks to its health benefits. Skating can also be fun for people of all ages and athletic ability, making it a fun activity for families. Not only that, but once you’ve invested in a pair of skates, there are plenty of free outdoor places to skate, making it a budget-friendly activity. So what are you waiting for? Grab a pair of skates and get rolling! 

Keep reading to learn the health benefits of roller skating and six of the best free places to roller skate in San Diego. 

Health Benefits of Roller Skating

Roller skating is more than just a fun pastime, it has some serious health benefits, too! Roller skating is an excellent full body workout. Here are a few benefits of roller skating:

  • Excellent cardio workout — good for your heart!
  • Great lower body exercise — after a day of skating, you’ll feel it in your glutes, quads, and calves.
  • Low impact exercise is easier on joints than other types of cardio, such as running
  • Helps your mental health — exercise can help reduce stress and improve their mood
  • Can help improve balance and core strength 

Where to Roller Skate for Free in San Diego

Roller skating is wonderful because all you need is a pair of skates, pads and a helmet, and a slab of concrete big enough for you to roll around without bumping into things. 

You can skate in your driveway, on the sidewalk in front of your home, or in an empty parking lot.

If you’d like to go out in public, and maybe make a new friend who shares your hobby, visit one of these popular spots for roller skating in San Diego: 

Balboa Park  

Roller skaters can be found almost any time of day practicing tricks or working on their moves at the Pan American Plaza near the San Diego Air and Space Museum and the San Diego Automotive Museum. Check it out next time you’re in the park for Resident Free Tuesday

Liberty Station 

Inside Liberty Station between Roosevelt and Dewey roads you’ll find a wide open concrete space that roller skaters love to use to show off their moves. It’s a popular spot for roller skating meet-ups, so you may make some new friends while you skate. If you feel like exploring, there are plenty of paths and parking lots to skate on throughout Liberty Station. 

Mission Beach Boardwalk

Nothing says San Diego like the iconic view of sand and surf from the Mission Beach Boardwalk. You’ll find skaters cruising the stretch from Mission Beach to Pacific Beach year-round, soaking up the San Diego sun and enjoying the stunning scenery. 

Embarcadero/The Rady Shell

Skate along the waterfront at the Embarcadero downtown and enjoy the view of the bay. Local skaters love the sidewalk and paths near The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. 

Sunset View Park

Skaters in south San Diego flock to the large outdoor roller hockey rink at this Chula Vista park. Local meet-up groups sometimes teach classes or host special events there, but the space is open to all.

Silver Strand

Skating the mostly-flat Silver Strand linking Imperial Beach and Coronado is fun thanks in large part to the scenery. Just be sure to check the headwinds first because skating into the wind can be challenging! 

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