Richmond's roller rinks offer year-round fun. (Photo: Hemera Images )
Roller skating is a budget-friendly activity that is fun for the entire family and offers good exercise. The Richmond area's rinks offer a variety of sessions and programs to suit every skill level, from the recreational skater to the competitive athlete. Most of the rinks offer additional public skates during the summer, so check with the rinks for the latest schedule.
Skateland of Richmond
Skateland of Richmond (skatelandofrichmond.com) has public skates that feature DJs and also has adult-only skating sessions as well as late night skating. The rink hosts a competitive figure skating team, a competitive speed skating team and two roller derby teams. Lessons are available Saturdays and include three free hours of skating after the lesson, and private lessons are also available.
Located in Richmond, Roller Dome (rollerdomeskating.com) offers public skating sessions and adult-only public skates Wednesday nights. The rink hosts a coed roller derby team, which accepts beginners and participates in league competitions. Lessons are available Saturdays for beginners through advanced skaters and Sundays for advanced skaters only and private lessons are also available. Roller Dome also has an arcade, which features Skee-Ball, basketball and video games and has a pro shop.
Located about 14 miles from Richmond, in Midlothian, Skate-A-Way (sk8away-midlothian.com) has public skates on the weekend and adult-only public skates Monday nights. The rink offers lessons, including special lessons for small children and roller hockey lessons. Lessons include a free open skate for one parent of a student, although the general skating lessons are open to students of all ages.
Ashland Skateland (ashlandskateland.com) is about 30 minutes from Richmond, in Ashland, and offers public skates throughout the week, including an adult-only skate Wednesday nights, which offers free admission to women. The rink also features a special night when the rink plays Christian music only. The rink offers a comprehensive series of skating lessons from beginner through advanced, including lessons that teach jumps and spins and allow students to receive judges marks. Ashland Skateland's artistic club is a competitive figure skating team that competes in regional and national competitions, and the rink also has youth and adult roller hockey leagues.
Shooters Indoor Sportsplex
Shooters Indoor Sportsplex (shootersindoor.com) is 25 minutes from Richmond, in Midlothian, and is devoted entirely to inline hockey. The rink has an adult league, which has Division 1 through 5 level teams and a recreational youth league divided by age. Shooters offers a month-long set of lessons, which teach basic skating and stick handling skills and include scrimmage games. It also offers a summer camp.