A training facility for numerous Olympic champions, nationally and world renowned coaches, and the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters, Ice Land USA imbues beginning or advanced hockey players and figure skaters with ice-trekking fundamentals and techniques. A local staple, the oft-treaded rink has donned a number of monikers over the years, including Serpentini Arena, Winterhurst, and Not Gridiron. Skating lessons pair apprentices with professional instructors for gliding improvement, while adult, beginner, drop-in, and high-school hockey sessions pit slap-shooting participants against each other during league games and scrimmages. The year-round facility also hosts birthday parties and open sessions for recreational skaters, spreading its surface into two separate rinks for roomy Friday-night skates scored by live music. Off the ice, patrons can browse pro-shop shelves stocked with hockey equipment, brandish joysticks in the arcade, or watch rink action from the upper lobby's lounge boasting a full bar.
At Zelma Watson George Roller Skating Facility, skaters of all ages careen around a large roller rink, engage in heated arcade-game competitions, and unite over a common pizza. Skaters buckle up rented roller or inline skates before bursting into dazzling pirouettes or more practical rain dances on the rink. Though not included in the value of this Groupon, gamers can go head-to-head at the arcade area, which houses a plethora of token-operated games adjacent to the rink's pizza restaurant.
A member of a previously undiscovered species known as skateasaurus stakes its territory, tracing figure eights along the rink's hardwood floor. Dressed in blue-and-white shorts and a red trucker hat, the plush, green-and-yellow dinosaur—otherwise known as Skato—eschews eating children, and instead prompts them to shake it all about in rounds of Hokey Pokey. This fun ambiance extends to the rest of United Skates of America's roller rink, surrounded by lime-green walls and manned by a smiling staff. Inside the laser-tag arena, the outline of an asteroid belt and nearby planets pulsates under the glow of a black light as gunners duck behind posts and arches before homing in on their enemies or attempting to scan their allies' groceries. Around the rink, tables buckle under hot pizzas at bright-yellow booths, and gamers hone their skills at the nearby arcade in exchange for prizes such as backpacks, stuffed toys, and glow necklaces.
For more than 35 years, skaters of all ages and experience levels have strapped on wheels and traversed Chagrin Valley Roller Rink. Private and group skating lessons prevent mobile 10-person pileups, and nights designated for teens, tots, or families feature music tailored to each audience. When the school bell rings, the center opens its doors to after-school skaters, blasting song requests entered on the rink's online song-request module. Skating experts at the pro shop sell and rent in-line and roller-skating equipment, and match feet with compatible wheels. A snack bar refuels participants and furnishes eats for private parties, and the arcade's pinball machines and vintage games slurp up quarters and exercise thumbs.
An indoor skating rink, The Pond Family Friendly Ice Rink hosts skaters of all abilities during public-skating sessions—offered seven days a week. As the frosty stomping ground for the Geauga Youth Hockey League and the Chagrin Valley Figure Skating Club, The Pond helps young skaters find their stride on the ice without having to carve a treadmill out of a glacier. Skaters of all abilities can learn to glide gracefully across the rink during Learn to Skate lessons, which are offered multiple times a week.
The City of Mentor fills three aquatic basins to cool off revelers' sun-soaked skin and float fun-seeking families. Visitors can enter any of the heated pools via diving platforms, drop water slides, or VIP access when accompanied by a performing dolphin. Baby pools present a pond that's more manageable for little ones, and stomachs waiting 45 minutes to swim after visiting the on-site snack bar can amuse themselves by watching bouts of tetherball, water basketball, and sonar-equipped Marco Polo. Further amenities include showers, lockers, changing rooms, and restrooms, so guests can easily change into business swimsuits before attending water-based company meetings.