All Skate: Roller Skating Rinks Still Going Strong 140 Years Later

Boys and girls roller skating at the Marple Sports Arena.
Image via Marple Sports Arena

Roller skating rinks first showed up in America back in the 1880s but hit their peak of popularity in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Back in the day, Delaware County had Spinning Wheels in Concordville and Chez Vous Roller Rink in Upper Darby.

These days, rinks compete with skate parks, trampoline parks, ice rinks, and other indoor and outdoor adventure parks, but are still an excellent source of fun exercise and a great way for kids to release some pent-up energy, writes Nicole O’Donnell for Mommy Poppins.

Marple Sports Arena in Broomall is a fantastic roller-skating rink that “offers a fun-filled experience for the whole family,” she writes.

Beginners will feel right at home along with seasoned skating pros at the Arena, which offers inline and quad roller skating sessions and a variety of special events and programs.

“This rink is a top choice for families looking to create lasting memories with their children,” in addition to skating, O’Donnell writes.

The Marple Sports Arena also has rock climbing, a moon bounce, and other activities, plus a café.

Public skating hours vary, so check the schedule before you head out the door!

Read more about roller skating rinks in the Philadelphia region at Mommy Poppins.

Take a review tour of the world’s largest indoor roller skating rink up in New York.

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