For decades, extreme sports, like skateboarding and BMX, have been a part of an American subculture slapped with an unwarranted stigma. Luckily, names like Tony Hawk and Tom Dugan have helped change the public’s perception, going from “rebels” and “outlaws” to now being recognized as legitimate athletes. This change in thinking has opened doors that otherwise did not exist, thus, giving skateboarders, BMX riders and scootering aficionados an avenue to do what they love without ramifications. In South Florida, this trend has also caught, and with ideal climate conditions 365 days of the year, there’s no shortage of concrete skate parks scattered across the lower portion of the peninsula.

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Ramp 48 The Indoor Skate Park
6290 N.W. 27th Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
(954) 782-7267
www.calvaryftl.org/ramp48

If there’s ever been a stigma attached to “skaters” or those who are into “extreme sports,” Ramp 48 sheds them all. Not only is this one of the premier staking facilities in all of South Florida for the challenges it offers, but the positive atmosphere is one of the main reasons for its popularity. Founded in 2003, Ramp 48 has gone from a pair of ramps outside a church to an indoor skate park that also serves as a “full-time ministry of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale.” The facility is also available for party rental and group lessons.

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South Dade Skate Park
28151 S.W. 164th Ave.
Miami, Florida 33033
(305) 247-9453
www.miamidade.gov

South Dade Skate Park is one of the most popular skating and BMX locations down south. The main reason why so many flock to this location is because it’s free of charge, however, there are a few things to note before heading out the door with your bike or skateboard in hand. First and foremost, everyone skates and rides at their own risk, as there are no instructors on-duty and elbow guards and pads will not be provided. Secondly, there are no lights at this facility, which means that the fun ends as soon as the sun goes down. In addition, South Dade is only open Monday through Friday, as Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for rentals only. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or to sunset.

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North Trail Park
780 N.W. 127th Ave.
Miami, FL 33182
(305) 207-2420
www.miamidade.gov/parks/north-trail.asp

North Trail Stake Park is another concrete facility where skaters can test their skills at their own risk and free of charge. The fact that this is a fairly new skate park makes North Trail one the most popular destinations in all of Miami-Dade County. Another reason for its popularity is because it offers challenges for skaters of all ages and skill levels. With plenty of ramps, rails and steps, North Trail Skate Park has become of one of the top skate parks in South Florida. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with weekend rentals available.

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Kendall Indian Hammocks Park
11395 S.W. 79th St.
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 596-9324
www.miamidade.govkendall-indian-hammocks

Located right off Kendall Drive in southwest Miami-Dade County, this modern skate park can be found inside the beautiful Indian Hammocks Park. It was designed after two of the most iconic skateboarding facilities in the country: Love Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. It is open year-round, and once you visit, it’s no wonder why it has become so popular throughout the years. Not only are skateboards, inline skates, BMX and scooters allowed, but there’s something for everyone due to its numerous rails, stairs, launch ramp and hubba combinations. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Country Village Park
6550 N.W. 188th Terr.
Hialeah, FL 33015
(305) 622-2594
www.miamidade.gov/parks/country-village

Much like the other four, this is also a rather new concrete skate park facility that’s quickly becoming a top spot in South Florida. In this instance, Country Villa Park’s skate-park is intended to serve extreme sports fans living in the Miami Lakes/Hialeah area. Skateboards, BMX and scooters are all permitted in the 9,000 square-foot plaza designed to challenge beginners, intermediates and experts. This is also another free facility where every skates at their own risk, and hours of operation are from Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays it is open from sunrise to sunset. Weekends are available only for renting.

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