Fri, 8pm-11pm; Sat, 2pm-6pm and 8pm-midnight; Sun, 3pm-7pm; Mon-Thu, closed
D, F, N, Q at Coney Island-Stillwell Ave.
$10; $12 on Saturday nights
Dreamland made its debut in 2008 when, as a prize in a contest promising to make someone’s “dream” come true, owner Diana Carlin was able to host a one-night only skating party on a temporary rink to help preserve Coney Island’s amusement-park culture. This planted the seed for Carlin to build the Dreamland rink that exists today, and open it on a seasonal basis. Located inside the landmark 1923 Childs Restaurant Building—complete with a colorful, nautical-themed terra-cotta façade—everything here is still a bit makeshift. Interlocking plastic tiles (bordered by orange traffic barricades) comprise the 40-by-80-foot rink, and a few stand-alone D.J. speakers supply the sound. Skating on Friday, Saturday, Sunday afternoons attracts the usual family and date crowds, but on adults-only Saturday theme nights, the rink transforms into something of a Xanadu for roller-disco fans, who have been known to come in costume depending on the night's theme. (Costumed skaters even save $2 off of the admission price.) And in case you skate up an appetite, the Dreamland Café sells offbeat baked goods such as cotton-candy cupcakes, and coffee drinks with Coney-ized names like the Freak-a-chino and the Iced Cyclone.