Plus (Ventura, CA)
hard to find anything bad to say about this roller rink. Large
skating area, large parking lot and a really outstanding skating
aple with a hexagon pattern); very smooth and fast. Even a few
extras, free WiFi, projection TV and a small but nicely stocked
pro shop. I've also never seen so many employees and floor guards
at one time. This rink is a must visit! 5 stars.
This is one of the best roller rinks in southern California.
Large building, large skating area and a 50 year old skating
surface (Maple with a square pattern) that has recently been
refinish. There is also a large separate snack bar area that
is away from the music, big screen TV’s, lots of fun lighting
and plenty of arcade games. Everything is very modern, up to
date and clean as a whistle. Check their web site for discount
coupons. A must see! 5 stars.
Skating Center (Victorville, CA)
This rink is what I would call a “family” roller
rink. Large building, large skating area, large parking lot
and a very acceptable floor (M
aple with a hexagon pattern). The only down side would be they
offer no adult or theme nights; so expect lots of moms and small
children. No ups or extras, but all in all, a good solid rink.
Worth a look if you haven’t been. [Ed. Note: I lowered
the rating of this rink recently because after driving an hour
to attend a special event at this rink I arrived to find them
closed. I was told it had been cancelled months ago they just
had not bothered to update their web site or the out going phone
City Plus (Fontana, CA)
(909) 463-6674 - Map
This is an interesting rink with a lot of unusual features.
It has a large parking area, large building and a large skating
area (plastic over concrete). I've never seen a plastic skate
floor before; it was nice, a little wavy in spots, but nice
and very grippy. Bring your firmest wheels! There is no carpeting
anywhere in the building, which I actually liked. Made skating
around the building very easy. The down side would be no adult
or theme nights, poor music selection, not
what I would call skatable and with very little variety. They
also encouraged the beginner skaters to skate along the wall.
The exact opposite of most rinks that require slower skaters
to stay to the inside giving the faster skaters the outside
track. Weekend nights they allowed a good fast pace and offered
lots of fun games and special skates including races and boys
and girls fast forward. I had a great time here.
Rollerway (Glendale, CA)
The theme with Moonlight is small. Small parking lot, small
building and a small skating area. The only up side to this
roller rink is the great skating surface (Maple with a square pattern). Very smooth, clean and grippy.
Second only to Skateland and Skate Plus in terms of floor quality.
There are also a few adult nights and even a live organ music
night. Since there is virtually no parking be prepared to walk
a good distance to the front door. Come early as it can get
very crowed too.
Another of the “family” oriented roller rinks. Large
building, large skating area and a nice skating surface (Maple
with a hexagon pattern). There are no adult or theme nights
on the schedule, so expect lots of moms and small children.
They do have a hockey league and a derby team. So check those
out if your interested and check their web site for discount
Skate (Grand Terrace, CA)
This roller rink has a good-sized floor (Ultra-Board) and a
nice sound system, but the entire building is in bad need a
repair. Most notably is the skating surface itself. The blue
roll-on coating has begun to peal up every where, but instead
of resurfacing it they chose to patch it which created a bumpy
uneven surface. [ED NOTE: I have been told they have re-surfaced
their floor. I will try to re-visit this rink and update the
review. With the skating surface fixed this rink is worth a
visit.] Be sure to check out their large pro shop.
Skating Center (Orange, CA)
This rink does a lot with what they have. Average size building,
small parking lot and a small skating floor (Maple with hexagon pattern). The skating surface is also in need
of some repair. There were small chunks of wood and roll-on
missing in spots. However, the measure of a good rink is if
you have a good time. Good music mix, good people and two fast
forward skates. I had a good time and went home tired.
Stardust Roller Rink (San Bernardino, CA)
I think this is an older rink. Small building, small skating
floor (Maple with rotunda boards) and a large parking lot. I
was very pleasantly surprised to see the rotunda floor. I've
seen photos of this type floor, but have never skated one before.
For those that aren't familiar with it, a rotunda floor is where
the wood strips are curved around the corners. This gives an
exceptionally smooth skating surface. It was a pleasure to skate
on. The only real down side was the total lack of air conditioning.
A few fans and an open door was the only a/c being used. Do
NOT go to this rink on a hot summer day. Check out their speed
classes and derby league.
House (Hemet, CA)
rink is in a rather secluded area, so if you live near by it's
your only option, but I would not travel to visit this rink.
The skating surface (Maple with a hexagon pattern) is the smallest I've ever seen.
Looks just large enough for a derby league, but way to small
for anything else. I think they were also trying to save on
electricity. It was virtually pitch black everywhere in the
building. No drinking fountains either!
(Fountain Valley, CA)
Fountain Valley Skating Center has an average sized building
and an averaged size skating surface (Maple with a hexagon pattern with blue roll-on). I had been looking
forward to visiting this roller rink for some time. I had heard
good things and the rink is featured very prominently in a number
a popular YouTube clips. When I arrived at their Thursday adult
night I was very impressed with the skill level of the skaters.
However, I quickly noticed the very poor condition of the skating
surface. Many dips and waves that make skating here a little
like riding a roller coaster. There were also a few spots where
the wood was so damaged that skating over it felt a little like
when you drive your car over rail road tracks. I'm assuming
years of humidity and neglect has allowed the floor to get to
the condition it is in now and only serious repairs will bring
it back to life.
(San Diego, Ca)
This roller skating rink has a good-sized building
with a good-sized floor and a nice pro shop. However, the skating
surface is in bad need of resurfacing (Maple with a square pattern), there is virtually no place to
park and the sound system is horrible. There are 4 very large
sub woofers in the corners of the rink that are turned up so
loud that when you are skating all you can hear is a low rumble.
To hear the lyrics of the songs you have to leave the skating
floor and go to the snack bar area where the smaller speakers
are located. The lighting is also poor, so seeing where you
are going takes real effort. Be careful.
Express (Chino, Ca)
This rink has a large snack bar area filled with games
like bumper cars, mini bowling, pool, air hockey and even a
virtual roller coaster. However, I didn't see anybody using
any of it. I would have preferred they save the space and expand
the skating floor (Maple with straight boards). As with most straight board
Maple rinks the turns are a little ruff, but the only real down
side was the music; just horrible. Not what I would call skatable
at all and with very little variety.
Depot (Cerritos, CA)
This is a clean, well maintained rink. Large building and a
large smooth roller skating surface (Maple with straight boards) that is slightly wider than
average. I also noticed that the carpeting is so thin it making
skating on it very easy and they have great air conditioning.
I was actually a little chilly. The only down side would be
the horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE music. Nothing but loud pounding
sounds. I would recommend bringing your iPod, but it was so
loud you probably would not be able to hear it over the horrible
sounds. I actually saw a few small children skating with their
fingers in their ears trying to get some relief from the horrible
sounds. The lyrics where not what I would call "kid friendly"
either. They have 4 adult nights on the schedule; that's more
than any other on this list, but I was told they play the same
music at all sessions. Thanks to this rink I now carry ear plugs
in my skate bag. This rink is NOT suitable for small children!
[Ed. Note: they have recently added a Disney night for the kids.]
City 2001 (Riverside, CA)
rink has a good sized building and skating surface (plastic
over concrete), but is in serious need of resurfacing. The floor
is waving, bumpy and has bare spots they go straight to the
concrete. Add to that the poor music selection and tile through
the rest of the building this place is a rink to stay away from.
Their web site is also periodically down, so if your looking
for their schedule do a facebook search. Note: the street address
on their facebook page is WRONG. The one listed here is correct.
USA (Lancaster, CA)
This rink has recently reopened under new management. It has
a large building, large skating floor (sport court tiles) and
a huge parking lot. The rink is predominantly set up for hockey,
but they have open skating on the weekends. I'm not very fond
of the sport court tiles. Way too bumpy for quad skating and
the surface is rarely cleaned. Don't bring any expensive wheels,
they will be stained and damaged. There is also virtually no
heat or air, so on hot and cold days it can be very uncomfortable.
of Wheels (Los Angeles, CA)
rink is currently closed.
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Play (Hesperia, CA)
760-956-6711 - Map
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Village (Colton, CA)
Bay (San Diego, CA)
My favorite place to roller skate outdoors is in and around
Mission Bay. Miles and miles of smooth cement that loop Mission
Bay just feet from the bay, the ocean, shops, restaurants, public
restrooms and even an old style wood roller coaster. Everything
you could want for a day of roller skating at the beach. Check
the first link for jam skating events and the second link for
the only good place to park.
Strand (Venice, CA)
Another great place to roller skate outdoors is “The Strand”.
A 22-mile path that runs through Santa Monica and Venice California.
The Venice section is by far the most interesting with it’s
little shops, restaurants and the famous muscle beach. Parking
is an issue, so be prepared to pay $8 to $10 to park. Look for
the skating area at the end of Market Street. Jam skaters sometime
gather there on weekends in the summer months.
I recently discovered that Royal Caribbean has a couple of ships
with roller skating tracks. The track itself is nothing special;
it's small, open only during certain hours and is often wet
in the early morning hours, however, the view is amazing and
with no floor guards to speak of you can get away with most
anything. We had a great game a tag going for at least an hour.
The roller skating surface is very nice. I have no idea what
it's made out of, but it's very firm and grippy. There is also
an onboard sport court and as long as your not there while there
is a basket ball or soccer game going on they don't seem to
mind if you skate on it. The flooring is smooth, but a little
soft so it's hard to get any real speed going. There is also
a 1/4 mile jogging track. I was unclear weather skating on this
track was allowed or not so I just went during a time when it
was not very busy. The surface is ruff and very soft and rubbery,
so you can't get up much speed nor would you want to it's often
full of people and very close to the railing, but also has a
great view of not only the ocean, but the pools. If that wasn't
enough they have a small ice rink too. I recommend going to
the very first sessions each day as the ice gets pretty bad
after a while.
areas have high energy pop and rock music pumped in except the
ice rink that is mostly R&B. They also offer rental in-line's
for the skating track and ice skates for the ice rink, however,
the quality of each is very poor so bring your own! No quad
skate rentals are offered.
I recently took another RCCL cruise on a different ship. Not
only did they NOT allow skating on the sport court they confiscated
by skates. I got them back, but you should check with their
skating policies before bringing your skates.
VEGAS ROLLER RINKS
know these are not in So Cal, but everybody in So Cal ends up
in Vegas eventually.
Crystal Palace (Las Vegas, NV)
One more reason to be envious of the folks in Las Vegas. Large
rink, large skating surface (Maple with square pattern) and
the biggest parking lot I've ever seen. It was clean and a comfortable
with all the basics. Only down side would be no lockers and
no adult nights, so weaving in and out of small children is
Crystal Palace (Las Vegas, NV)
The Rancho rink is virtually identical to the above Boulder
rink. Only real noticeable difference are the employees and
floor guards just seem to be going through the motions and not
really doing anything. However, the reason it gets one less
star was the temperature. It was so cold I had to wear my jacket
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