In roller skating, as in dangling from the edge of a cliff, it’s important not to let a fear of falling make you miss an opportunity to hold someone’s hand. Don’t leave today’s Groupon hanging at Skate America in Grove City. Choose from the following options:
- For $26, you get two admissions, two skate rentals, 40 game tokens, a 16-inch pizza, and a pitcher of soda (up to a $54.99 value).
- For $36, you get four admissions, four skate rentals, 60 game tokens, a 16-inch pizza, and a pitcher of soda (up to an $84.99 value).
- For $46, you get six admissions, six skate rentals, 80 game tokens, a 16-inch pizza, and a pitcher of soda (up to a $114.99 value).
Since the 1950s, Skate America has entertained all ages and skill levels of skaters with its family-oriented rink, classic arcade, and savory treats. After strapping on quad skates or inline roller blades, patrons dart around Skate America’s expansive concrete circumference as disco balls and an LED-light show illuminate the rink and a DJ spins a variety of G-rated jams. Resting guests can find respite away from the rink in the classic arcade. After swapping skates for shoes, partiers launch skee balls up inclined lanes, sink free throws with unemployed NBA players, or cash in on prizes from the Barbershop game in the arcade’s cluster of engaging machines. Slices from a 16-inch pizza and pours of sudsy soda reenergize gliding guests with the strength and confidence to finally hold a fellow skater’s hand or etch an iambic love poem into the rink with chalked up wheels.
Opened during the 1950s, Skate America has sent multiple generations of Grove City residents and visitors whirring across its spacious skating floor. Today, the facility accompanies trips around the rink with laser-light shows, a 10-foot video screen, and DJs who spin family-favorable jams, such as Top 40 hits and auto-tuned remixes of the alphabet. The snack bar—better known as Pizza Town Café—fills free hands with fresh eats, and in the game room, high scores turn into piles of tickets that can be traded in for prizes or used as makeshift stunt cushions beneath bunk beds. In addition to public sessions, Skate America also plays host to birthday parties and group functions, as well as year-round lessons for amateur wheelers.