Tip #1: Discover the Appropriate Footwear
Different skating rinks are designed to accommodate certain kinds of footwear. You could visit a rink that is meant for ice skating, roller skating, or roller blading. A rink made from ice is, of course, limited to ice skating. Wooden floors could easily be used for roller skating or roller blading, but some locations will only allow one type of footwear. There may also be limitations on the specific skates you may wear. For example, many indoor arenas do not like roller blades or roller skates that have black rubber brakes on them because they can scuff the floor. Be sure to call ahead to see what kind of equipment your local arena accepts.
Tip #2: Consider the Expenses
All trips to a skating rink will require admission and equipment. Some locations – outdoor, seasonal ice rinks in particular – may be free for local residents. Many private rinks offer skate rental, and this fee is usually very low. If you plan on skating frequently, though, you may be better off purchasing your own skates and safety equipment. Rented skates are often worn out or just do not fit correctly, but if you buy your own skates you do not have to worry about these problems. Be sure to bring extra money for drinks and snacks because many businesses do not let patrons bring food or beverages in.
Tip #3: Ask About Reservations
As with any business, skating rinks can only allow a certain number of people to skate at once. Fridays and Saturdays are usually when people seek entertainment, so you might want to call ahead if your family or kids want to skate on these days. Many indoor rinks offer special party areas. A skating rink party is an easy way to keep kids entertained.