10 Reasons to Roller Skate in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

Every Sunday afternoon, you’ll find the “Church of 8 Wheels” in session at the Skatin’ Place. It’s one of the only outdoor skating rinks in the whole country! It’s located in Golden Gate Park at 6th & Fulton St.

Here are 10 reasons why you should get down there and experience some ROLLIGION!

10. It’s FREE!

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All you need is a pair of skates. If you don’t have a pair, you can rent some for the day at:
Golden Gate Park Bike & Skate
3038 Fulton St  San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 668-1117

If you don’t feel like skating, have a picnic! There’s plenty of room to dance on the grass hill.
(It may be hard to fight the urge, but for your safety, don’t dance in the skate area, unless #7.)

9. You get to play outside.

You’ve been cooped up in your office all week, bleary eyed from the computer screen.  Enjoy the sun (and the fog) and feel the wind blowing through your hair!

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The only time we don’t roll is in the rain. (But sometimes even then, we might.)
Come outside and play!

I’ll have extra sunscreen.

8. It’s great exercise

Skating does a body good. A good skate will make you sweat. 16 times around an average size rink is about 1 mile, one hour of skating burns 600 calories if you skate constantly.

Skate around the glide lane, or learn some new dance moves in the middle. The people there are super-friendly and happy to try and teach you some basic moves to get you started.

7. Audience Participation

Come learn epic group dances like Thriller and Cupid Shuffle!

6. Roll with Legends

You can roll with San Francisco skate legends like the Rollerdance Man and The Godfather of Skate!

The Rollerdance Man (Classic clip of the Golden Rollers)

The Godfather of Skate

5. The Fashion

Bright colors and funky patterns everywhere! You can see everything from hip-hop to playa-wear. There’s often special guests like cowboys, angels, super heroes, Morpheus and even Jesus!

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Abe Lincoln perhaps?

4. The Funk

Skatin Place has it’s very own jumpin’ sound system, courtesy of the Godfather.
Enjoy the dance hits from the 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, and beyond while you skate.

3. This guy.

If you’re lucky enough to observe this specimen in his natural habitat, you won’t be able to take your eyes off his funky dancing, never-ending energy, and infectious smile!

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2. The SF Roller Girls & The Roller Divas

Never underestimate a woman on wheels. EVER. No really. I MEAN it.
Whether it’s dancing the coolest moves, or racing long distance, these women roll HARD, and look GOOD doing it too.

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1. It’s a party ya’ll.

I’ve never seen any other place where people of all ages, colors and creeds get together and have a funky good time. It’s like having a family reunion every weekend!

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Click here for more info!
Lace up and let’s roll!

(Thanks to Linda Lovestoskate & Lainie Monsef for the great photos)

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