Up to 22 gas-powered go-karts at a time can hug the twists and turns of Skate Station Funworks' more than 800-foot track. While the go-kart course is the park's longest attraction, it's not the tallest?that honor goes to the indoor rock-climbing wall. Besides climbing and driving, fun at Skate Station ranges from hitting homers in batting cages to putting balls past a landlocked airboat on the swamp-themed mini-golf course. Children aged 10 or younger can explore the three levels of the Kid's Adventure soft play space, whereas guests of all ages can compete in classic games such as air hockey at the arcade. All these attractions share a home with Skate Station's namesake, an indoor roller-skating rink where visitors can groove to Top 40 hits or learn skating fundamentals during lessons.
Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex offers 100,000 square feet of sports and socializing space, including its impressive NHL-sized, year-round ice rink. Public skating sessions (valued at $9, with skate rental valued at $3 on Friday nights and weekends) last two hours and are scheduled almost daily. Because rink guards are on duty for the Sportsplex's highly attended public glide-fests, you can tuck the eyes on the back of your head snugly into a winter cap and still feel safe about bringing the whole family. Ice skating is a great way to stay active and healthy without using fancy exercise contraptions (bags of rocks, bags of corn chowder, etc.). Put those neglected leg muscles to use and burn calories while having a blast mimicking your favorite skating champs such as Elena Dementenova, Isaac Dementenova, or Russell Dementenova. Purchase multiple Groupons to plan a slippery escape with friends, or use up to four yourself to master Mighty Duck maneuvers before tryouts.
Family-owned and run, Skate and Shake roller rink has existed, in one form or another, in its existing location since the 1960s.?That means that several generations have glided across the rink's shimmering blue floor, a testament to the timeless appeal of the family-friendly sport. To keep things fresh, the staff often gets creative with the lighting to change the look and feel of the skating rink, turning blacklights on for glow skate nights or swapping in all pink lights to ready it for a kid's birthday party.?In addition to open skate sessions and over 60 themed party options, the rink also plays host to a number of special events throughout the week, including special teen or adult-only nights, hockey, and women's roller derby. And, it even has a licensed after school program for kids that want to study extra hard for the roller skating portion of their SATs.
Daytona Ice Arena sends skaters glissading across an ultra-smooth, NHL regulation-size sheet of ice. Bleacher seating with room for more than 300 spectators looms behind the glass on one side of the rink, and above, a snack bar overlooking the facility doles out refreshments. While escaping Florida's heat and the panhandling paddleboards that come with it, visitors to the frosty, 35,000-square-foot arena can soak up extra relaxation at the Penalty Box Sports Pub, which accompanies elevated views of the ice with an arsenal of big-screen TVs. The building—located just minutes from the beach—buzzes daily during public skating sessions but also plays host to a medley of other ice-tied triumphs including learn-to-skate programs, birthday parties, and youth and adult hockey leagues.
When things get going at Let's Skate Orlando, it feels like one giant party. Up to 300 people can circle the skating rink at once, fueled by the beats and melodies of bumping tunes. Lights turn the 25,000-square-foot facility into a mosaic of dancing colors, like what happens when you microwave a bunch of markers. In between laps, guests can unwind over hot dogs, pizza, and other snacks at the concession stand. All this makes the rink a go-to spot for birthday celebrations, so unsurprisingly, five party rooms surround the rink, each one done up in a fun, kid-friendly theme such as pirates, princesses, and rock stars.
Even though flakes rarely brave the Florida sun and Jack Frost will never be grand marshal of the Citrus Bowl parade, some winter traditions are the same no matter where you live. One look at Winter in the Park confirms that. Spanning the holiday-packed days from November 14 to January 11, the festival decks out a portion of Central Park with frosty fun for the entire family. The centerpiece is a chilly ice rink, where skaters loop through delicate figure-8s and wreaths and other decorations help visitors capture the end-of-year spirit without having to find a local polar-bear adoption center. Additional events in Winter Park range from a harvest festival and holiday pops concert to a pancake breakfast, a Christmas parade, and a Hanukkah celebration.