Like learning to use chopsticks, roller skating takes patience, dedication, and a particularly dexterous set of toes. Show off how flexible your feet are with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a 10-visit punch card for public skating sessions at Empire Roller Rink (up to a $67.50 value).
Featured in the Missourian for its role within the community since 1938, Empire Roller Rink offers a surface for spinning wheels all year long, planning special events throughout the week. Admission to the whirly circuit includes a pair of four-wheeled quad skates, though gliding pros can upgrade their foot duds to inline or speed skates ($3 extra). Those needing to reenergize before attempting to artfully roller-skate an interpretation of Alien vs. Predator can stop by The Empire Cafe for unlimited popcorn refills ($3.50 for large), pizza ($2.75 a slice), or hot dogs ($3).
Though Empire Roller Rink sometimes features discounted prices during the week and special package deals, today's 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.