Spend a day away from the Sun's self-important, shimmering hotness and hit the rink at RollerWorld NE ($6 value for admission). Skaters can rent four-wheeled shoes of both the in-line and the traditional quad varieties ($3 per rental), and then take to the smooth surface of the skate space to show off classic roller-skating moves such as the grapevine, the crazy legs, and the Calvin Coolidge Shuffle. In the event that the couples skate turns alarmingly committal, or you just need to simply refuel, trade in your wheels for land shoes and claim your bounty of two hot dogs ($2 each) and two sodas ($2 each) from RollerWorld NE's snack bar.
Happy shouts and gliding blades echo in the cool air during public sessions, parties, competitions, and lessons with ICE at The Parks. On the regulation-size NHL rink, guests can glide between skaters and ambitious Zambonis practicing slap shots. The rink opens out onto The Parks at Arlington, allowing pleasantly tired guests to rejuvenate among shops, restaurants, and a classic carousel. ICE at The Parks also maintains an onsite shop for sharpening skates and equipping visitors with necessities such as figure-skating dresses and puck repellent.
A playlist of popular tunes absorbs the subtle clicks and wooshes of wheels on wood as skaters glide around the golden floor at Arlington Skatium. Open-skate sessions allow rollers of any age to rack up laps, while preschool/stroller skate sessions grant two-foot fledglings and baby buggies exclusive access to the floorboards. The center also hosts skating classes to help students shave seconds off of their morning commute. Between sets, blue neon lights show the way to the snack bar, where skaters can refuel with a pizza or soda before settling down for a nap in the arcade room.
Leaves turn, the world spins slowly on its axis, and in North Richland Hills, an ice rink transforms into an expanse of green grass. Well, into something that's almost grass. Nytex Sports Centre's main rink morphs each year from an arena for hockey and playground for recreational skaters to a regulation-size indoor turf arena, hosting multisport camps all summer. Soccer balls whiz across the surface, quarterbacks call plays, and lacrosse players do lacrosse things with ease. It isn't the arena's only transformation: the turf rolls up for hard-court activities, and come fall, the ice will be back and ready for the hockey pucks to fly.
Turns out the saying "Everything's bigger in Texas" even extends to winter sports. There's no other way to explain the 140,000 square feet of cold-weather activity space at Fort Worth's NYTEX Sports Centre. The center's expansive ice is home to the the NAHL's Lone Star Brahmas, as well as their youth teams, the Jr. Brahmas. When hockey's not in session, the rink opens its doors for public skating hours, letting the public practice spins and Salchows in a pro-grade setting. Outside of icy escapades, NYTEX is home to a full-service Italian restaurant, and indoor turf for soccer and football games.
In 1956, the owners of Cedar Hill Roller Rink stuck a sky-blue sign on the edge of Main Street. With only the word "Skating" displayed in retro block lettering, the sign called out to travelers, urging them to stop inside for classic four-wheeled entertainment. Today, the rink's hardwood surface provides smooth gliding after five decades upkeep, upbeat music, and upstanding gentlemen who know how to ask a gal to dance despite having untimely sweaty palms.