You’d think LA would get with the cool kid skate program, but you’d be surprised how few options there are for roller rinks in Los Angeles County that aren’t a repurposed tennis court or flat concrete slab. Of course, we love the outdoors, but sometimes we have to get indoors while fighting the intense SoCal heat on a mid-summer day. Plus, there’s a particular feeling while rolling on the smoothest of floors inside a rink that assures you no little pebble will ruin your momentum or grip.
Here are four, technically, three roller rinks to explore in LA. The fourth one is honorary due to its cultural significance to the skate community, so don't come for us when it’s very obviously not a rink! 😉
Wait a minute. This is the one. If you're in LA, you have to stop by Moonlight. Featured in tv shows, movies and music videos throughout the decades, Moonlight Rollerway is LA’s staple roller rink. Most recently featured in the mega-popular HBO series, “Euphoria,” where Rue, Jules and Lexi are seen rollerskating in the 5th episode of season 1, “03 Bonnie and Clyde.” Not only is it aesthetically giving us all the retro vibes a roller rink naturally evokes, but it’s one for the skate history books. A must-see, I dare say, the most essential roller rink to visit while in the city of Angels.
Pigeon’s Roller Rink
Head over to Long Beach for this super cute pop-up roller skate venue that provides “a fun, safe and educational place for people of all ages and skill levels to enjoy the sport of roller skating.” General admission tickets range from $10+ and frequent skater passes are available for their all-age sessions. Super Instagram-worthy and filled with educational opportunities for those newbies starting their skate journey on 8-wheels.
Fountain Valley Skating Center
Family ambiance, community-centered and an essential place for educating young skaters - head south near Huntington Beach to find the local Fountain Valley Skating Center. This is a great place to visit with your family or youngsters ready to strap on their quads. What’s extra special about this roller rink is that if you’re thinking about taking a skate class, they offer one on one lessons! Perfect for older crowds looking for that in-person experience that removes the anxiety about skating with pros in an open skate session. Plus, it’s an affordable option with open skate sessions for under $15 per person.
Roller Skate Dance Plaza
Okay, maybe we’re cheating, but the Roller Skate Dance Plaza is technically not a rink, but it’s a must-visit to get the full California experience. We'd be committing an atrocious sin if we didn’t mention it in the LA curated list. Located in easy-going Venice, surrounded by palm trees and the bright blue sea, this is where groovy skate culture is happening! Immerse yourself in a funky ambiance filled with loud music and talented dancers. Heck, if you don’t feel like skating, it’s an incredible spot to see and take a little inspiration from the passionate roller dancers. This is a local spot, so the info is slim. Just show up and show out!
Address: 1401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291