Jackson is a medium-sized city in Madison County, Tennessee. Settled in the mid 1800s, the city has expanded markedly, reaching a population of more than 65,000 citizens, as of the 2010 U.S. Census. Roller skaters will appreciate the town's family-friendly roller rink; there are three other skating rinks within a 30-mile radius.
Wheels Roller Skating Rink
The city's only skating rink is Wheels (no website; 120 Bridget Lane, Jacksonville; 910-455-8711), a family-owned joint opened in 1991. The indoor rink offers skating lessons, private parties and arcade games. There is also a skate shop on the premises. Hungry guests are in luck: Wheels has a full concessions stand that serves snacks like hot dogs, pizza and nachos. Often, the rink hosts fun, themed public skate nights.
Pete'eze Skating & Fun Center
Topsail Beach's Pete'eze Skating & Fun Center (no website; 260 Sneads Ferry Road, Topsail Beach; 910-327-2277) -- open since 1994 -- is an indoor rink and kids' party center. An especially original feature of this rink is that it allows skateboarders to skate alongside the traditional inline skates and roller skates. Other fun things at Pete'eze include the arcade games and the lazer tag course. Pete'eze is about 15 miles from Jackson.
Skate City (no website; 605 N. College Street, Wallace; 910-285-3479) can be found in Wallace, just under 30 miles from Jackson. This rink -- open since 1989 -- hosts public skate sessions, as well as private birthday parties and events. People looking to improve their skills can sign up for lessons from the rink's staff of skilled skaters. This rink has a large snack bar and roomy locker area.
New Bern's Rollerland (rollerlandofnb.com) is another rink just under 30 miles from town, serving skaters since 1971. Rollerland offers summer skating camps, special teen nights and themed public skate sessions. The rink -- located in a white warehouse building -- has a fully stocked concessions stand, a skate shop and a large arcade. The Ring City Rollergirls (ringcityrollergirls.webs.com), a roller derby team, hosts its practices and games at this rink.