"70's, 80's, the disco era, roller skating was a lot bigger than today," says owner Matt Longino. But, he hopes to prove to the public that roller skating is still a fun sport and that rinks are great places for bonding. "It's cheap, family entertainment," he says. Visitors can still rent the eight wheeled, traditional lace up skates, but, like everything else, the landscape is changing. More than half the people who visit this large space are wearing roller blades.
While they used to be plentiful in New England, there aren't that many old-fashioned roller rinks around anymore. "Yeah, there's about 3 or 4 of them in the state of Connecticut," says Longino. "They're all probably 35-40 miles apart."
So, go ahead! Take a spin! Don't be afraid to show off your moves! Retro is all the rage!
Galaxy Roller Rink is located on Bridge Street in Groton. The rink is offering special hours for April Vacation fun! Skate Monday the 18th through Friday the 22nd from noon to 3pm for $6.00 per person. Roller skates cost an additional $2.00 per pair and rollerblades cost an additional $4.00 per pair. Log ontoGalaxy Roller Rink for more information.