With its combination of friction-free motion and wholesome fun, roller skating quickly replaced ditch-digging and dancing frenetically to "Shipoopi" as America's favorite first-date activity. Rediscover the appeal of the wheels with today's Groupon: for $20, you get admission and skate rental for up to five people at Roller Dome Skate Centers's north and south locations (up to a $42.50 value). Both Roller Dome Skate Centers provide a purple-walled arena of polished hardwood where fun-craving families can bounce, spin, and dance-glide to thumping tunes. Though not included in this Groupon, both Roller Dome's north schedule and south schedule keep the hollow wheels humming with special events such as all-night skates on New Year's Eve and Roller Dome ThunderDome, which mingles roller skating with no-holds-barred gladiator combat.
FortWayne.com awarded both the north and south Roller Dome Skate Centers locations first and third place, respectively, in its 2010 Readers' Picks–Best Local Roller Rink category.
Roller Dome Skate Center
Stepping into the Roller Dome Skate Center is like traveling back in time to the 1950s. The two retro rinks on the north and south side of town are still run by original owner Marg Wall—now in her 90s—who is proud to say that the centers' gleaming floors and '50s decor still draw skaters of all ages. But some things have changed. Amid modern amenities including with air conditioning, advanced sound systems, and lighting, skaters can enjoy turns round the rinks during open-skating sessions and special events, such as birthday parties and family nights. The seasoned instructors teach newbies how to skate during group lessons, and in speed-skating sessions, skaters learn how to quickly race around the track, practicing avoiding banana peels left by gorillas in go-karts. Both centers also offer on-site pro shops, where guests can outfit their skates with colorful wheels and skate bags.