Did you know that October is National Roller Skating Month? It’s time to dust off your old roller skates and take a spin around the Twin Cities. A roller skating rink is a great place to spend an afternoon with the family or a big group of friends. Here you will find the best roller skating rinks and skate parks in the area. This article was originally written several years ago by 10-year-old, Andy. While we have lost some of his favorite roller rinks over the years, we have been gaining skate parks. Skate parks tend to be geared to skateboards and BMX bikes, but they are often open to anyone on wheels.
3 Cool Twin Cities Indoor Roller Skating Rinks
These three skate rinks are open year round for indoor public skating. They offer great music and arcade games and the quintessential roller rinks atmosphere.
201 S. River Ridge Circle, Burnsville, MN 55377
When: Public Skate Times – Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Weekends.
Ages: All ages. There are other adult skate times.
Skate rental: $3.00.
Details: Andy went there for a b-day party, and LOVED IT! Sunday is a great day to bring the whole family, Fridays are more teen/tween.
3075 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Best Times: Throwback Thursdays • 5pm-8pm; Family Fundays are Sundays from 1-4pm and 5-8pm.
Ages: All Ages. Adult skates are also offered.
Cost: $6.99 Admission to skate or bounce; $7.99/both.
Skate rental: $4.49-$5.49 – Quads, Rollerblades & Light-Up Razor Scooters.
Details: Great for families because kids who aren’t ready to skate can choose to hang out in the bounce house area instead. Cheap Skate also offers skate lessons. We highly recommend signing up for their app, where you will get regular Kids Skate Free passes.
Skatin’ Place 3302 Southway Dr. St. Cloud MN 56301
Best Deal: Friday Night Unlimited Skate Night – Ongoing Fridays • 6-9:30pm
Ages: All ages, children under 12 need to be supervised by responsible person
Cost: $18.11 ($6.99-$8.49 during other skate times); Skate rental $4.00.
Details: Yes, St. Cloud is a bit of a drive, but if you plan to visit the area, this can be a nice family outing. Friday Night Unlimited Skate Night includes roller skating, unlimited pizza and pop (from 6-9pm), and laser tag.
3 Indoor Skate Parks
While roller rinks are getting harder to find indoor skate parks, which were created for mostly for skateboards are beginning to open around the Twin Cities. Instead of a round skating floor, skaters have a bowl-shaped floor with obstacles. Bigger kids and teens, in particular, may prefer these venues:
850 Florida Avenue S, Golden Valley, MN 55426
Cost: $15.00/session. Members: $5/session.
Details: Special Events throughout the year, including bike-only nights and Saturday Morning Sk8 camps. Small group lessons based on experience from brand new beginners to advanced. Saturday mornings have traditionally been reserved for beginners and those who like to go slow and stay low. Complimentary instruction is offered during this time as well.
7399 Bush Lake Rd Edina, MN 55439
Cost: $5.00/session. Members: FREE.
Details: An indoor skate board park with attached store. Look for Intro to Skateboarding courses. Three open sessions per day, Monday through Saturday.
835 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Details: Daily open skate sessions.
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Where Did My Favorite Roller Rink Go?
Closures during the pandemic were hard on small businesses and roller rinks were not immune. We lost a couple of our favorites.
Wooddale Fun Zone – Permanently Closed
2122 Wooddale Dr, Woodbury
Unfortunately, Wooddale Fun Zone closed permanently in May of 2020.
Roller Garden – Closed Permanently
5622 West Lake Street, Saint Louis Park
We lost the Roller Garden in May of 2021.
Saints North Family Skate Center – Permanently Closed
1818 Gervais Court, Maplewood
We had hoped that Saints North would re-open in 2021, but it appears to have closed permanently.
This article was originally published January 18, 2016
by Andy Kingston (at age 10)
and is updated as required.