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Boardwalk at Ribersborg beach in Malmö
The boardwalk along Ribersborg beach in Malmö.
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Time for play! Outdoor activities in Malmö

Whether you’re into action sports like skateboarding and wakeboarding, or simply want to bike or stroll through a park, the city of Malmö makes it all so easy to do.

High-energy sports

Skateboarders visiting Malmö have plenty of places to choose from, but Stapelbäddsparken is the biggest skateboard park, at approximately 3,000 square metres. Resting under the gaze of the iconic Turning Torso, it’s located in a former shipyard slipway that has been transformed into a modern residential district. The bicycle and skateboard-friendly neighbourhood also has an outdoor climbing wall and is a hub that attracts young people from all over the city. Don’t worry if you left your skateboard at home, Le Boxx café – run by the local Bryggeriet skateboarding school – will rent you one.

More skateboard parks are dotted throughout Folkets Park, where there are also plenty of other free activities for the whole family, including playgrounds and a children’s wading pool that is transformed into a skating rink in the winter.

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Skateboarding park

Stapelbäddsparken in the Western Harbor in Malmö is a gigantic activity area with a skateboarding park designed by Stefan Houser and completed 2005.

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Skateboarding park

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Skateboarding in Folkets Park

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Skateboarding

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Folkets park in Malmö

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Water, water, everywhere

With its seaside location and profusion of canals and waterways, Malmö is the perfect city for water activities. To get your adrenaline pumping, head out to Malmö Wake Park in Ribersborg Beach, Västra Hamnen, where you can gear up with all the equipment and instructional guidance you’ll need for “snowboarding” on water. If you’re looking to enjoy a more leisurely day out, stop by a local kayak rental and head out sea.

Malmö’s canals were built in the 1800s and originally designed as both a defence system and, well, a place to dump sewage. Today, the canals are pristine and add a scenic touch to central Malmö. They also make all kinds of inner-city boating activities possible.

Cityboats, for example, rents pedal boats; BookaBoat rents electric boats with silent, fossil-free motors; and you can hire canoes at the Malmö Canoe Club in Slottsparken, which also offers a special canoe seat for disabled people. There are, of course, guided canal tours as well.

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Ribersborg beach and boardwalk in Malmö.

The boardwalk at Ribersborg beach in Malmö.

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Ribersborg beach and boardwalk in Malmö.

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Ribersborg beach in Malmö

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Kayaking in Malmö, Skåne

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Bathing all year-round

Even on the coldest days of the year, you can bathe in the sea at the picturesque Ribersborgs Kallbadhus bathing pavilion. Take a hot sauna and then plunge into the icy-cold water, along with the local pensioners going “au naturel”. Warm up with another sauna or a hot chocolate in the pavilion’s cosy seaside café. Ribersborgs Kallbadhus is open daily, year-round.

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Open-air bath

Ribersborgs Kallbadhus in Malmö is an open-air public bath open all year round.

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Open-air bath

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Ribersborgs Kallbadhus, Malmö

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Pildammsparken

Malmö has so many beautiful parks to bike, run or stroll in, and the 45-hectare Pildammsparken is the biggest of them all. Completed in 1926, this neighbourhood park is comprised of a beautifully maintained circular meadow surrounded by beech trees, an old water tower and a 1.5-kilometre trail around a lovely pond. And, of course, there are the beautiful willow trees surrounding the lake that gave the park its name (Pildammsparken translates to ‘The Willow Lake Park’). Join a game of boule (petanque) in the sunshine or head to the stylish, indoor Boulebar on Drottningtorget 8.

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Boule

Playing boules at Pildammsparken in Malmö.

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Boule

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Pildammsparken in Malmö

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Pildammsparken in Malmö

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Pildammsparken in Malmö

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Evening in Pildammsparken, Malmö

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Boule

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Welcome to Malmö

Skateboarder Sarah Meurle takes us around the city of Malmö.

Skateboarding in Folkets Park
Skateboarding is a popular sport made easy in Malmö. Professional skateboarder Sarah Meurle rides her skateboard in a ramp at Folkets park.
Photo: Tina Axelsson/Visit Sweden