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5 Best outdoor ice skating rinks in the U.S.

Ice skating is a perfect winter activity for date night or an afternoon with the kids. Outdoor ice skating is even better!

Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink – Chicago, IL

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Ice skating outdoors provides a winter wonderland you can’t get from indoor rinks. Since the weather is a bit chillier than indoors, make sure to bundle up with hats, scarves, jackets and, of course, hot cocoa. Check out the top five outdoor rinks this season to get an ice skating experience of a lifetime!


Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink — Chicago

Millennium Park gets more than 100,000 skaters annually, and we see why! Admission is free and skate rentals are just $10. You’ll be skating with views of skyscrapers and festive music playing. Because of all the features, the rink can get crowded. Go early or on weekdays to avoid these crowds. If you get tired, grab a hot chocolate or snack at the Park Grill restaurant.


Downtown On Ice, Pershing Square — Los Angeles

Just because LA doesn’t get snow doesn’t mean you can’t ice skate outside! Thanks to LA’s Department of Recreation and Parks, Downtown On Ice is celebrating its 15th season this year. At just $6 to get in, the rink is known as a favorite holiday happening with concerts, broomball games (no skates required) and championship skating exhibitions.


Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center — New York City

Skate by the famous Rockefeller Christmas tree and plenty of sparkling lights at the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center. It can get busy — so come early or be prepared to wait. They do offer complimentary hot cocoa to keep you warm while waiting. Afterward, enjoy New York’s shops and restaurants nearby. You’ll want to bring the family for this as you’ll be creating magical memories to cherish forever.


Sun Valley Ice Skating —
Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley Ice Skating Rink is open year-round and home to the stars — that is, Olympic and World-class skaters. Featuring fantastic ice shows, private and group lessons and charming restaurants nearby — like the quaint Konditorei Restaurant with handcrafted coffee and pastries — Sun Valley is something you’ll want to check out at least once in your lifetime.


Keystone Lake Ice Rink — Keystone, Colorado

If all-inclusive fun is what you’re looking for, look no further than Colorado’s Keystone Resort for a winter experience unlike any other. Located in the heart of Lakeside Village, this is the largest outdoor ice skating rink in the U.S. While skating, you’ll enjoy festive music and beautiful holiday lights to enhance your experience. Don’t forget about Keystone’s sleigh rides, skiing and snowboarding, scenic gondola rides, wine tasting and tubing.

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