Prior to the invention of skates, people glided around roller rinks in personal horse-drawn buggies, limiting social interaction to shouting and mid-outing snacks to nacho-flavored hay. Celebrate a superior system with today's Groupon: for $5, you get admission ($4.75–$7, depending on the night), inline skate rental ($3), popcorn with free refills ($4.50), and a 22-ounce soda ($2) at Empire Roller Rink (up to a $16.50 total value).
Empire Roller Rink maintains a spacious indoor facility near Business Loop 70 East. Public skate sessions roll around Wednesday through Sunday, with a Christian-themed skate on Friday ($7). Strap on a pair of quad skates for old-fashioned foot stability (always free), or opt for inline skates if you want to impress a date or evaporate shower water stuck in your ears. You can also bring your own wheels or ride a winged Pegasus who's wearing rollerblades. When you've worked up an appetite, refuel with a bottomless bag of popcorn ($4.50) and a 22-ounce soda ($2).
Empire Roller Rink maintains a safe facility, with safety-boosting policies that prohibit sockless skating and jet-powered anklets.
Take a spin in the center's well-maintained skates, and never again try to replicate rollerblades by soldering car tires to stilettos.
Although Empire Roller Rink sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Empire Roller Rink
Throughout the week, Empire Roller Rink owners Willie and Lisa Trent connect with members of their community by hosting skating lessons, hockey games, and public skating sessions. Willie's father opened the rink in 1938, now Lisa teaches artistic and basic skating lessons, and Willie often disc jockeys skating sessions, pulling tracks from a digital library, which includes a selection of worship songs he breaks out for Friday Christian skate nights. Empire Roller Rink is also home to the Artistic Skate Club, a team that practices creative and competitive skating and travels to competitions across the country in a giant 15-passenger motorized rollerskate.
1305 Business Loop 70E
Columbia, Missouri 65201Get Directions