By Kim McNeill

There are some great reasons to know where roller rinks are in Connecticut. If, like me, you grew up during the last roller rink craze in the ‘80s’s, then the nostalgia will be part of the draw. Rollerskating is a great low impact fitness opportunity—for adults and kids. Perhaps your little one is looking for a fun party experience. Sometimes, it’s just a great night for a good time with friends or family to move and groove with flashing lights, smooth motion, and rhythms—old and new. Head out to a roller rink and have a good time!

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Galaxy Roller Rink
210 Bridge Street
Groton, CT 06340
(860) 448-3882
Hours: Check website for public skating sessions and lesson times
Price: Between $5 to $15 depending on time, event, and rentals

Galaxy Roller Rink is a gem of family entertainment in SouthEast Connecticut. The rink has adult-only nights with music you will remember from your high school years. If you have a young one who could benefit from a lesson (or if you need a refresher), check out the group lessons available on Saturday and then stay for the open skate to practice your new skills. Families and especially young teens will enjoy open skate nights on Friday and Saturdays for the modern music and party lights. Also check it out as a place to take the kids during school breaks with their special hours. For a really retro feeling, Galaxy hasn’t increased its birthday party prices in 15 years.

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Middletown Roller Skating Rink
547 Main St
Middletown CT 06457
(860) 704-0064
Hours: Check website for hours
Price: $6 per person with quad skate rentals $2 and in-line skate rentals $4
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Middletown Roller Skating Rink focuses on families and fitness. This roller rink offers lesson so if you want to make sure your form is good, or if your kids want to skip quickly over trying to get around the rink by holding onto the walls, call to schedule a class time. For adults, the rollerdurance sessions on Mondays will spice up your cardio and no kids are allowed—you can really work those glutes without running over any mini-me’s. Middletown Roller Skating Rink also has birthday parties so you can have a no-mess celebration and send the kids home tired!

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Ron-A-Roll Indoor Roller Skating Center
85 S Frontage Rd
Vernon, CT 06066
(860) 872-7094
Hours: Check website for public skating sessions and lesson times
Price: Between $5 to $15 depending on time, event, and rentals
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Ron-A-Roll has something for everyone. Adult-only skate times and rollerdurance are for 18 and older people looking for fun and fitness. The atmosphere of Ron-A-Roll is very family friendly. Lessons are available and pre-registration is suggested. The disco ball gets a workout on Friday and Saturday evenings with music and skating until 11 p.m. These nights are also popular with the young teen crowd. If you need a break, enjoy some arcade games.

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Rollermagic Waterbury Skating Center
60 Harvester Road
Waterbury, CT 06706
Info Line (203) 574-2118
Bookings (203) 753-4983
Hours: Vary – Check website for hours
Price: Admission varies with event, quad skate rental $2.50, in-line skate rental $4 (supply is limited)

Rollermagic Waterbury Skating Center is a roller skating dance party. Adult-only skate sessions for 21 and over on Mondays can get your heart pumping. Open skate nights almost every night of the week are sure to fit around sports schedules for a fun family evening. Birthday parties are a full event at Rollermagic with skating, food, drinks, and clean up included in the basic package. If your kids wear themselves out skating, there are arcade games with tickets and a redemption center to trade tickets for trinkets.

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Long Beach Skateland
55 Washington Pkwy
Stratford, CT 06615
(203) 378-9033
Hours: Check website for hours and open skate schedules
Price: $7 with skate rental and $6 without

Long Beach Skateland has discount nights and family-friendly open skates. If fitness is your goal, they also have a skate-free Zumba session on Monday nights. The Long Beach Skateland parties allow you to bring your own food, major economical bonus. Group lessons on Saturday will get your rollerskating in top form. All you have to do is show up alone or with the family to learn new roller skating techniques.

But, what if you have infants and toddlers? Don’t worry here’s a list of the Best things to do in Connecticut for the littlest members of your tribe. ((

Kim McNeill is an editor and writer for Fairfield County Kids Out and About and also blogs about more Connecticut family fun at Hearst Connecticut Media Group.