Within Interskate Roller Rink's 80'x180' maple rotunda rink, skaters and bladers glide among fellow freewheelers. Overhead, a celestial array of 760 glistening track lights glow. Visitors might momentarily hear the smooth sound of wheels on wood, but it's soon drowned out by a 14-speaker jukebox which, much like the world's most exquisite tinkling jewelry box, can play more than 3,000 songs.
A coalition of ice arenas endorsed by the Dallas Stars, Dr Pepper StarCenters help nurture athletes of all ages and skill levels with activities on or off the ice. Dr Pepper StarCenters house NHL-regulation ice-hockey rinks that host hockey leagues for players of all ages, eradicating the need to play on dangerous frozen lakes dotted with irritable frozen geese. StarCenters' skate academies instill students with the fundamentals of ice hockey or figure skating, allowing them to progress to hockey leagues and local skating competitions if they choose. To warm up after laps around the Euless ice rink, skaters can check out the onsite baseball stadium, batting cages, soccer fields, and Texas Star Golf Course. All locations are open for birthday parties and special events; see each location's website for details.
Dr. Pepper StarCenter stands as a giant, icy footprint in the middle of Texas, one of six StarCenter rinks that serves as home to the Dallas Stars hockey team, as well as a community of countless ice skaters. The Frisco location regularly hosts public skates, but also serves as a classroom where licensed Learn To Skate instructors teach kids and adults how to skate using methods endorsed by the Ice Skating Institute.
In addition, they host adult recreational hockey leagues and figure-skating competitions, which are not, as some might think, competitions where people throw molded plastic dolls across the ice to see which one can go the farthest.
On any given day, NYTEX Sports Centre's expansive compound—with plentiful courts, fields, and an ice rink—can simultaneously host a youth soccer match, a women's flat-track roller derby, and a rowdy Brahmas professional ice hockey game. As a hub for world-class competitors and recreational athletes of all kinds, the 140,000-square-foot playpen welcomes casual skaters to explore the same full-size rink the pros play on during open-skate sessions and amateur hockey leagues. NYTEX's birthday-party packages also grant rink access to partygoers for celebratory skating and "Happy Birthday" songs sung by a chorus of revving Zambonis. Special community events, such as the annual Armed Forces Hockey Classic, call the sport's complex their home, while the on-site Italian restaurant, ZuRoma, replenishes calories spent cheering on favorite teams.
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.
Forum Roller World’s vast polished hardwood floor stretches below a similarly vast ceiling outfitted with festive lights. And between the two? A scrum of roller skaters gliding, weaving, and figure-eighting to the tune of music such as hip-hop and gospel. This large facility welcomes skaters of all levels to slip into a pair of skates and cruise the floors. On Sunday nights until 1 a.m., adults rule the roost, where they can skate at their own speed without having to dodge children or re-oil their training wheels.