Did you know that rollerblading is not only a fun way to get around the city, but also a way to improve your balance and coordination skills like no other activity?
Let’s take a minute to evaluate all the health benefits rollerblading will have on your body:
- Rollerblading is a full body exercise
- It’s easy on your body, but strengthens your muscles and cardiovascular system
- Rollerblading is a great calorie burner
Some smooth rollerblading hot spots of New York:
Whether you do the full loop of 6.1 miles or the smaller loop of 1.7 miles, Central Park is always filled with rollerbladers! Join the dozens of neon-clad party-goers at the public Roller Disco on Saturdays by the bandshell!
Note: Central Park has a counter-clockwise one-way-system. So always skate with the flow and pay attention to the pedestrians.
Hudson River Greenway
Welcome to the longest greenway in Manhattan, stretching from the George Washington to Riverside Park all the way down to Battery Park.
At the most southern point you will find the South Ferry Station. The ferry usually leaves every 30 min – 1h depending on the time of day and goes to Staten Island and back with passing by the Statue of Liberty, should you want to blade by Lady Liberty.
East River Greenway
Towards the end of the above mentioned, the Hudson River greenway will connect to the East River greenway at the intersection of Wall Street and South Street.
This greenway will lead you along the East Side from Battery Park back up to 125th Street in Harlem.
Note: There are some very narrow parts on the route, so do slow down for your own safety.
With all the fun always remember: Safety First
- Wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads
- Eyes on the street even if you are skating on a quiet path
- If you skate one of the busier streets, skate with the traffic, provide signals so others know where you are planning on skating next
- Be prepared for the dark in case you lose track of time: lights and reflective closing