12 Exceptionally Cool Places to Take the Kids Ice Skating

Skating at the Boston Frog Pond in winter
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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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    Skaters holding hands on the Rideau Canal
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    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 plenty of superlative skating.

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    Legs of a group of ice skaters in Philadelphia
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    Heading to Philadelphia this winter? 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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    Yosemite National Park

    Winter reflection at Yosemite
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    With stunning views of the Half Dome and Glacier Point as a backdrop, the Curry Village ice rink in Yosemite National Park offers a breathtaking place to glide. 

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    New York City

    Ice skating at Bryant Park, Manhattan, New York City, USA
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    The Big Apple during winter months brings an opportunity for frozen fun. 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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    Washington DC

    Ice Skating Washington DC
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    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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    Las Vegas

    During the winter holiday season, two prominent Vegas hotels (the Cosmopolitan and Venetian) let vacationers catch a tan on an ice rink that is part of the Strip's holiday wonderland filled with holiday lights and festivities.

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    Skating Rink in downtown Chicago's Millennium Park
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    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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    Los Angeles

    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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    Minneapolis-St Paul

    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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    New England

    Skating at the Boston Frog Pond in winter
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    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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    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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    Colonial architecture, Williamsburg
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    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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