Exceptionally Cool Places to Take the Kids Ice Skating

Lacing up skates for a smooth glide around an ice rink is a quintessential winter pasttime. Here's a roundup of the best places to skate in some of North America's major destinations.

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    7 of Canada's Most Amazing Outdoor Rinks

    ••• City of Ottawa

    From Ottawa's Rideau Canal (the world's largest outdoor ice rink) to Winnipeg's Red River Mutual Trail (the world's longest) to Quebec City's St. Jean's Gate (arguably the most beautiful), Canada offers lots of superlative skating.

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    Philadelphia Ice Skating

    Ice Skating at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia
    ••• Visit Philadelphia

    With a splendid outdoor rink on the riverfront at Penn's Landing and another nice rink in South Philly, the City of Brotherly Love offers several places to hit the ice.

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    The Best Ice Skating Rinks in NYC

    ••• Rockefeller Center

    With a backdrop of skyscrapers and city lights, Manhattan's ice rinks deliver oodles of drama. Glide around Wollman Rink in Central Park, take a lap on the famous rink on Rockefeller Plaza or practice your spins on the charming rink in Bryant Park.

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    Outdoor Ice Skating in Washington DC

    ••• National Gallery of Art

    At the National Mall, the ice skating rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is surrounded by extraordinary sculptures by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg. Discover more of the capital's most beautiful rinks here.

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    Top 5 Chicago Ice Skating Rinks

    ••• Choose Chicago

    Chicago ice skating season runs from roughly November through February and has become as much a part of the city's winter landscape as snow and football. 

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    Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in L.A.

    ••• Woodland Hills Ice

    The technology that makes it possible to keep ice frozen in 80-degree weather has spawned an outbreak of outdoor ice skating rinks around Los Angeles, creating faux-winter fun for the masses.

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    Ice Skating in the Twin Cities

    ••• Minneapolis Park & Recreation

    The cold winter in Minneapolis and St. Paul means that lakes freeze solid and become popular skating rinks. In addition, there are scores of rinks in parks throughout the Twin Cities.

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    Ice Skating in New England

    ••• Boston Common Frog Pond

    Our pick for the most charming rink in New England? The picturesque Frog Pond Skating Rink in America's oldest public park is a must-do winter attraction in Boston.

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    Ice Skating at the Galleria Dallas

    Ice Skating in Dallas
    ••• Galleria Dallas

    Texas and ice skating go together like oil and water, or so you'd think. Yet Ice at the Galleria shopping mall in Dallas is an unexpectedly fun find, thanks to public skating sessions and weekend night skating parties with DJs.

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    Ice Skating in Williamsburg

    Liberty Ice Pavilion Skating Rink in Williamsburg
    ••• Colonial Williamsburg

    In Colonial Williamsburg, Liberty’s Ice Pavilion opens from mid-November to mid-February on Duke of Gloucester Street between Nassau and Henry Streets. Festive music and live performances will also be played throughout the season. 

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