photo courtesy of Technical Skate Shop in Norwell, MA.

It’s officially spring, it’s officially baseball season, and it’s time to get back to the skateparks. In Boston, there are various park options spread throughout the city. Avid boarders know the best alley-way pockets and flights of steps to properly ollie down. But if you are looking to freshen up your gear there are great stores in the area for you to be stoked about. Here we will highlight four Boston area skateboard shops you need to know.

Where will you take your board in Beantown? One of my favorites is Reservation Road Park, in the Hyde Park neighborhood. It’s centered around a big bowl that contains rails through the middle. There are also plenty flat edges along the side. This park is newly renovated offering fresh air and fresh rides. Then, there’s Smith Playground in Allston, which has a pump track. It’s well known for being one of the best skateboarding spots in the city with various smaller bowls. Furthermore, it’s quite colorful and also contains a roller hockey rink with a Bruins logo at the center. There are also options in Eastie, Jamaica Plain, North Cambridge, Somerville, and Dudley Square.

This is good to know if you’re looking for a place to skate. Per the Boston code detailed on American Legal: “Unless otherwise permitted by City rule or regulation, it shall be unlawful for any person to ride or operate roller blades, roller skates, a skateboard, or stunt-type bicycle upon public property in the City of Boston.”

Kick-turning back to four Boston skateboard shops you need to know, it’s important to think about what your needs are before selecting a location to visit. Some have all the best shoes and flashiest attire. However, there are also spots to roll into to get your board tightened up. So, let’s drop in.

  • Orchard Skateshop - Boston

    Decorated in a lime green, treehouse-style, Orchard has an extensive footwear collection. They often have raffles for your chance to win a pair of rare kicks. From the freshest Nike SB’s to animal-friendly canvas options. Orchard also has their own branding that many local riders love to sport. You can order online or visit them at North Street. OrchardShop.com

  • Technical - Norwell

    This south shore landmark has been in business for 23 years. They are one of the original ‘Skateboard Only’ retail shops in Massachusetts. Technical carries the highest quality trucks and wheels. You can buy your board and have it assembled in front of you ready to ride. They offer occasional summer and after school camp options at local parks and private lessons. Technical is all about supporting the skateboarding community. Side note – they also have a rad record store downstairs. TechnicalSkateShop

     

  • One Gig - Boston

    A full-service skate shop that offers boards, wheels, hardware, and a vibrant selection of skate clothing. Located in the historic district of downtown crossing, near the Park Street T stop and the Old South Meeting House. Grab an all-conditions coat, vintage clothing, and check out new colorful decks at this “shredquarters.”  OneGig.com

     

  • Thuro Skate Shop - Brookline

    You can skate, surf, or snowboard (weather permitting) after shopping with Thuro. While there are limited options in-store (though you can walk-in and they offer a wide range of custom pickup options) Thuro has you covered their online business. Here you can rent equipment and or grab accessories that like a GoPro to bring your rides to life. Thuro also services Longboards. ThuroShop.com

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