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Old January 15th, 2008, 03:06 AM   #1
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Default Good places to skate in Charleston, South Carolina?

I’m gonna be there briefly next week and may have a chance to skate the night of Monday, Jan. 21st. Any recommendations?
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Old January 21st, 2008, 01:32 AM   #2
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Schedule got changed. I won’t be in Charleston until Wednesday, so it’s the night of the 23rd that I’ll be looking for smooth and safe asphalt.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 01:14 AM   #3
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Default Charleston Area Skating

This response is so late, you may never be this way again, but thought I'd answer anyway.

I am sure you can find them in the yellow pages or on the internet, but here goes in order of distance from Charleston:

Hot Wheels Skate Center
1523 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
ph. (843) 795-7982

This is the rink used by the local roller derby team. The rental skates are in great shape (pretty new) and included in the fee for most sessions. It seems very small from the main road and you might miss it if you don't have a navigation system, but once inside, it's just right. The walls have carpeting in places which helps with the noise. The music is very good (skatable) and it has the best surface of the three rinks. Finally, the owner/manager is very helpful and friendly.

Stardust Skate Center Roller/Inline Skating Rink
2035 Spaulding Dr
Charleston, SC 29406
ph. (843) 747-0111

This rink is large with a wooden floor, games etc. This is the one most like the ones I remember growing up. The maple floor is a great size, has a good sized crowd at times on Saturdays, but nice down times too that are great for skating. The skates are older, but are included in the entrance fee and are set up in full view and access. You don't need to wait in line to get a pair of skates and to be honest most of us have our own skates anyway. Stardust has a new owner. The rink is cleaner, and the owners are trying to make good changes. I still think they need to work on a better system for cleaning the rental skate wheels, but I am sure they will work things out as they are clearly making improvements. The floor is still slightly warped/buckled in a far corner of the oval, but I can barely feel it in my Krypto Route 70s. It is more obvious in the rental skates, but not bad. Also, given the size of the floor, most kids just avoid this section.

Music In Motion Family Fun Center
1341 College Park Rd
Summerville, SC 29483
ph. (843) 832-6077

This is more of a play center with a game room and outdoor roller coaster etc. The rink itself has a cement surface and feels small. This may just be due to the size of the facility. There is a large crack that goes all the way across. It isn't that noticeable with large inline wheels, but very noticeable on quads.

There are also great paths in the area for outdoor skating.

EDIT: There are nice trails in North Charleston, Summerville, and Mount Pleasant for skating. MANY neighborhoods have paved paths wide enough for golf carts and would be great for skating. Additionally, I found a few links for named paths and trails that might work well:

http://www.sctrails.net/TRAILS/MAPS/...20Co%20Tr.html This one has maps of all trails by county. If you click on the county, it will show a map of several trails. If you click on the icon, it will describe the trails and you should be able to tell by the description whether it would be worth attempting on skates. The next few are from this link.



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