Skate Boston 2019 is happening!
September 19-22
No registration fee!
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What is Skate Boston?

Skate Boston is an annual weekend inline skating event sponsored by ThuroShop (receive 10% off anything from ThuroShop over the weekend). Enjoy multiple skate routes through our historic city, escorted by members of National Skate Patrol. Skaters of intermediate, advanced, and expert levels are encouraged to participate in this free event!

Due to the challenges of urban skating, this event is not designed for beginners. However, novice skaters are invited to participate in separate instructional workshops and beginner social skates hosted by the Inline Club of Boston throughout the year. This weekend attracts many skaters from Boston, other U.S. cities, Canada, and around the world!

Skate our beautiful and historical city! Stay wherever you like (next to a T stop - map on next page) and enjoy over 10 local neighborhoods as you skate. It's easy to get here and even easier to get around once you're here. Every skate will start and end at places accessible by the T. Just be sure to book your lodging of choice near a T station.

MBTA guide and map.

Lyft and Uber offer plentiful options, too.

Schedule


Map of start and end locations for each skate. Open to enlarge.


Need to meet us after the start? Follow our skates on Glympse


Thursday, September 19

Thursday Night Skate
"THuROsDay Night Skate" - Brookline, Allston, Brighton

Receive a 10% discount IN THE STORE on all skate supplies with code SKATEBOSTON.

Travel: Green Line D to Brookline Hills or drive / park on street

Meet: THuRO Shop 362 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445 (map) (https://thuroshop.com)

Shop: 5:00 - 7:00

Skate: 7:00 - 9:00

9 miles, mostly flat ride through Brookline

Friday, September 20

Skate Park Romp

Lynch Family Skate Park (map)

Travel: Green Line to Science Park T stop, skate or walk across the pedestrian bridge

Skate: 3:00 - 5:00 on your own

Friday Night Skate
Boston Harbor Tour - 13 miles

North End, Charles River, Back Bay, Kenmore Square/Fenway, South End, Fort Point/Seaport.

Travel: Red Line to Haymarket T stop Parking after 5 pm at Government Center Garage - $15

Meet: 7:00 East corner of Sudbury and Surface Road (map), patio in front of Boston Market

Skate: 7:30 - 9:30-ish

Eat: 10:00 at Hopsters Brewery

Saturday, September 21

Saturday Morning Skate
Jamaica Plain and Sam Adams Brewery Tour (bring SHOES and ID)

Travel: Orange Line to Stonybrook or Green Street T stop / abundant free parking nearby

Meet: 9:00 am Brewery Parking lot near smoke stack (map)

Skate: 9:30 Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond

Eat: 12:00 at Cafe Ula, Chilacates or Evergreen Eatery (all within .5 miles)

Tour: 1:30 (MUST HAVE ID and shoes to enter)

Saturday Afternoon Skate
Jamaica Plain to East Boston 16-18 miles

Continue from Sam Adams Brewery, Jamaica Plain

Meet: 2:30 Brewery Parking lot near smoke stack (map) / abundant free parking nearby

Skate: 3:00 Southwest Corridor to East Boston

End: 5:30 Aquarium T stop near Faneuil Hall

Eat: On your own... anywhere you want! So many amazing choices.

Optional self-organized rink skating at Chez Vous, Dorchester

Sunday, September 22

Sunday Morning Skate
Cambridge, Somerville, Grass Skate!

Travel: Red Line to Harvard Square T stop, short walk or skate to JFK Park (free street parking)

Meet: 9:30 am JFK Park Fountain (map)

Skate: 10:00 - 12:00

End: Harvard Square near T stop

Eat: 12:00 - Harvard Square area - many choices for food and fun

Sunday Afternoon Skate
Fort Point and Chinatown - 5 miles with surprise stops

Travel: Any line to South Station (free street parking)

Meet: 1:30 pm Milk Bottle (map) - Children's Museum (3 blocks from South Station - easy skate or walk)

Skate: 1:45 - 3:00

End: Milk Bottle - Children's Museum

FAQ

What level of skating ability is required to participate in this event?

Skate Boston is designed for intermediate to advanced level skaters. We will be skating in city streets, so you must be comfortable skating in a large group with traffic. Participants must be able to control speed (including on hills), have strong stopping and turning skills, and be comfortable with varied terrain (rough pavement/pot holes/jumping on and off curbs, etc.)

Is there any special equipment that I will need?

Helmets and wristguards are required for all skates, as well as blinking lights for night skates. Elbow and knee pads are also advised. Light-colored or reflective clothing is recommended for night skates.

Be sure to bring your own water and snacks for during the skates. Don't forget sunscreen/sunglasses and to pack layers, as New England weather can change quickly.

Can cyclists participate in this event?

Bicyclists are welcome on all routes, but must ride ahead or behind of the skating pack, as skaters kick out to the side.

Are skate ski poles allowed on the skates?

No. Skate ski poles will not be allowed on the skates, as they pose a hazard to people skating/biking closely together in a group environment.

Will there be a SAG wagon this year?

No. We have made Skate Boston a free event. Public transportation is widely available for skaters who need a break. We also have plentiful Lyft and Uber service available.

Sponsors

A huge thanks to our sponsors who help make Skate Boston happen.

Photos

Check out photos from previous years on our Facebook page.

Other Questions?

Have questions about the event? Contact the Skate Boston organizers at skateboston@icloud.com.