Thursday, July 21, 2016

Go Skating

Looking for a fun way to get out and get moving as a family? When was the last time you went skating? Either on wheels, on ice or even on a skateboard, indoors or out, there are plenty of places to get out and skating in and around Austin!


Austin Roller Rink
11600 Manchaca Road
(512) 292-7528

This rink located behind Cafe 1626 in far South Austin offers skating and arcade games during the summer from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays ($5), 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays ($10), noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays ($8) and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays ($7). Adult skate night (18 and up only, $7) is on Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 8-12:30am.

Austin Sports Arena
3918 Gattis School Road
Round Rock
(512) 251-7500

This multisport facility offers roller skating on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m.

Chaparral Ice
2525 West Anderson Ln.
(512) 252-8500

If you prefer your skating on ice, head on over to this rink during public skating hours. On Mondays through Thursdays, public skating lasts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Fridays, you can skate from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and then from 1 to 5 p.m. On Saturdays public skating hours go from noon until 4 p.m. and Sundays go from noon until 3 p.m. Chaparral Ice also offers skating lessons and camps. Admission costs $6 and skate rental is $4 (kids 5 and under skate for $5 on Saturday and Sundays, including skate rental). Free, one-time skating lessons are available on Saturdays at noon for beginners ages 6 and up (you still need to pay admission and skate rental). Group rates are also available.

Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
1156 Hargrave St.
(512) 472-6932

The MYEC offers roller skating on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m to 11 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Adults are $4, kids are $3, skate rental is 50¢ and the fee for observers is 99¢. Fridays are Family Fun Days, with $3 for adults, children and observers (including skate rental). For groups of 10 or more, admission plus skate rental is $3.50 and for groups of 75 or more, the fee is $3 per person. The MYEC also offers adults-only nights, bowling, an arcade, movies and a food court. Call (512) 472-6932 to confirm skating times and for more information.

Playland Skate Center
8822 McCann Drive
(512) 452-1901

Open since 1973, this 27,500-square-foot facility has been a crowd pleaser for generations of Austinites. Open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer, Playland also offers Family SK8 Night on Thursdays in June and July from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for $5 admission and skate rental (regular price is $8). You can sign up to receive two free skating passes each week via email by signing up on the Kids Skate Free Page (passes valid for 10 and under. Skate rental is $3). Hours also include Friday from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 11 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Playland offers "Skate Mate" rentals (which look like a walker and help new skaters with balance) and admission to a large playscape in the back for an additional fee. Lastly, Tuesday nights are adult-only hours, starting at 7 p.m. Playland also has arcade games and a snack bar.


Austin BMX & Skate Park
1213 Shoal Creek Blvd.
(512) 974-6700

It's rare to drive by this skate park, close to Shoal Creek and House Park, without seeing it bustling with activity. The park is open from dawn until dusk, and during the summer it's best to get there as early as possible to avoid the heat. The bowl and various ramps are designed for all skill levels. FREE.

Benbrook Ranch Park
1100 Halsey Drive
(512) 528-9909

This park, which opened in 2008, offers soccer and softball fields, trails, a disc golf course, a playscape and a skate park. FREE.

Mabel Davis District Park
3427 Parker Lane
(512) 974-6700

Opened in 2005, this popular 12,000-square-foot skate park was the first to open in Austin. There is a playground, trails, basketball courts, picnic areas and a pool nearby. FREE.

Northeast Metro Park
15500 Sun Light Way
(512) 854-7275

Located in Pflugerville, this park has soccer and baseball fields, multiple playgrounds and a skate/BMX park which opened in 2012. The skate/BMX park is located the furthest back from the road, and is open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. There is a water play area closeby. FREE.

Patterson Park Miniramp
4200 Brookview Rd.
(512) 974-6700

Patterson Park has a miniramp right next to one of the parking lots. There is also a shady playground and neighborhood pool nearby. FREE.

Shayla Dame Skate Park
1600 Gattis School Road
Round Rock
(512) 218-5540

This 14,000-square-foot skate park is located behind the Clay Madsen Recreation Center in Round Rock. It is open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily. FREE.

4900 La Cross Avenue
(512) 974-6700

The Veloway is 3.1-mile paved concrete loop exclusively for bicycles and rollerblading. There is also a secondary 1-mile loop available by taking a right next to the entrance. No foot traffic is allowed. The loop is open from dawn to dusk. FREE.
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