Located on the premises of the Ghostly Manor Thrill Center in Sandusky, Ohio, close to Cedar Point Amusement Park, Skateworld is a family-oriented roller skating rink. One of four different attractions at Ghostly Manor, it is designed to accommodate visitors of all ages and levels of skating ability.
Skateworld, opened in 1982, boasts a large, traditional-style skating rink with a wooden floor. The circular rink is well maintained and provides a smooth and safe skating surface for even the most novice skaters.
For a minimal admission fee (generally around $5 per person), visitors to Skateworld can enjoy a 2.5 hour session of open skating during designated times each day. (Sometimes, private parties affect open skating hours.) Those who don't have their own skates can rent them for around $1 for traditional skates and a little more for modern in-line skates (a.k.a. roller blades). Those who don't skate or want to try something a little different can rent scooters for the same price as roller blades.
Parties are popular at Skateworld. Reasonably priced, the parties include free invitations and thank you cards, free roller skate rental (blades and scooters are extra), pizza and soft drinks, discounts on game tokens for the adjoining arcade, discount admission to the XD 3-D simulator ride located onsite, and special perks for the birthday person, including a ride in the facility's "skate car''. Patrons bring their own cake and ice cream, if desired.
Skateworld also sponsors a competitive skate club. Instructed by five professional teachers, the skate club has earned a number of regional and national awards. Members of the club are trained in a variety of styles including freestyle, competitive solo, and pairs skating. Auditions are held each year for the club's precision team or individuals may join merely to hone their skills without competing. Beginners are encouraged to join as well.
Though the summer months between June and Labor Day are the busiest season at Skateworld in Sandusky, this indoor facility is indeed open seven days a week year round. Hours vary according to season with extended hours during the summer when the town swells with visitors heading to Sandusky to enjoy Cedar Point Amusement Park and other area family attractions. Family skate nights are held on Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 pm and include special reduced-price admission for parents and children paying together. In addition, a Toddler Time is schedule for one afternoon each week and is the perfect time for young ones to learn to skate without being intimidated by older skaters. Skating lessons are also available and the introductory lesson is free.
Visitors to Skateworld can also take advantage of the other onsite attractions at this facility. They include Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, a horror-themed attraction that is best suited to older kids and adults; an XD 3-D simulator ride; and Ghostly Gifts, a huge store that peddles the best in scary merchandise, ranging from Halloween-type apparel and paraphernalia to large-scaled items used in haunted houses and other similar attractions.