5 Classic Skating Rinks to Visit in the D

By: Amber Ogden | April 3, 2019
Roller Skates

Skating is one of the best retro activities around. Skating has made a full comeback in the Metro Detroit area for sure. Not just roller skating but with the weather breaking you can freewheel into spring at skate parks outdoors now. With the riverfront or Dequindre Cut perfect for walking and biking, don’t forget to also lace up your skates to feel the wind on your face. In the Metro Detroit area, there is much more to skating than just wheels touching the woodgrain. The popular sport has taken on a culture of its own, that also includes skateboarding and even local roller derby.  So, grab your wheels, gear and get ready to hit the wood at these 5 rinks in theD.

Riverside Arena
With Easter around the corner, bring the children to come skate with the bunny. This is an Easter celebration on wheels! There will be an Easter egg hunt and picture ops, all for $6.00.  This also includes skate rental. Every month there is a cosmic glow skate with free glow sticks given out while skaters experience special light effects throughout the night.

Modern Skate & Surf
This is not your traditional skating rink, it’s actually not a roller rink at all. Modern Skate is an experience! Indoors and outdoors,  beginners and pros alike can purchase their gear and then try it out. With this skate park, one can incline skate and even try their hands at skateboarding.

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Skate World of Troy
It’s spring break! Which means there are spring break specials. With the little ones being out of school, what better way to spend the afternoon than at the rink. Here at Skateworld there are weekly and daily Spring Break Matinee specials from 1-4pm Monday thru Friday. Now, if the adults want to have a spring break of their own, there is a coffee and cake skate for adults only for $8.

Wide shot of people at rollerskating rink

Photo courtesy of Skate World of Troy

Northland Skating Rink
Around since 1950 and known as one of the oldest skating rinks in the Metro Detroit area, Northland Skating Rink is a great place to lace up and get ready to roll bounce. With open family skate every friday, this is the perfect activity to do together. But the OG’s of skating may want to pull out their 70’s best for an upcoming 70’s themed skate party for $10. Prizes will be given to the best dressed!

Royal Skateland
This woodgrain rink has been a neighborhood staple since 1972. Bring your own skates or rent them but get ready to enjoy yourself and glide down memory lane. Being treated like royalty during your visit is something to look forward to, it’s not called Royal Skateland for nothing. Don’t forget to try the homemade pizza on your next visit.