Recreational skating is by far the most popular form of skating among our members, and we organize and lead regular group skates and other rec events. This includes group day skates, night skates, and weekend skate trips in and around NYC and the surrounding tri-state area. (Check out our calendar for a complete schedule of upcoming events.)
Empire's premier event each year is the Big Apple Roll, a four-day extravaganza of group skates, workshops and clinics, and other events. It usually occurs the first weekend of August. To learn more about "BAR", click here, or check the links at the right side of the page.
Experienced skaters are invited to join the Tuesday Night Skate (TNS), New York's oldest night skate, every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., year-round (weather permitting).
On most weekends, and sometimes twice per weekend, from spring through mid-autumn, the Empire Skate Club organizes group skates that explore the city. We may also skate in winter when the weather is fine. The pace and distance of our weekend skates vary according to the group leader. Most tours are moderately paced skates of somewhere between 12 and 20 miles, but some are longer and more intense. Please check the calendar to learn what weekend skates are currently scheduled.
Weekend afternoon, half-day, or day skates usually start from Central Park — either the Bandshell or Columbus Circle. Terrain is usually suitable for intermediate skaters, but some events may require more advanced skills. Popular city destinations include Battery Park, the Cloisters, Randalls/Wards Island, the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows/Corona Park, Coney Island, and Rockaway.
Each summer also includes group skates in scenic areas in Westchester and Rockland counties, Long Island, and Connecticut where we strap on our wheels and enjoy a few hours of skating away from city traffic. These destinations are easily accessible via short train ride.
Some Empire Weekend Skates have become traditions. These include the Bronx River Parkway Summer Sunday skates, the Grape Es-Skate, the long-distance Hallowe'en Sleepy Hollow Skate, and others. Again, please check the calendar to see what's coming up.
Special out-of-town trips take us to other East Coast cities — including Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC — where we join local skate clubs for a tour of their city and its sights.