Incredible Spots for Ice Skating
Skating rinks in these sensational outdoor settings will warm your heart.
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When the glacier-fed waters of Banff National Park freeze, its Lake Louise becomes one of the most scenic places in the world for skating.
Charming Central Park Rink
New York's iconic Central Park - and its Trump Rink - becomes a hub for skaters during the winter.
Skating by the Sea
It's not what most people envision doing by the beach, but Hotel del Coronado in San Diego sets up a rink along the Pacific Ocean for holiday ice skating. The year 2014 marked the 11th year that hotel has had the rink on its lawn, with views of Coronado beach and sunsets over the ocean.
The majestic Half Dome is a commanding presence beyond the skating rink at Yosemite National Park. The Curry Village Ice Rink is open from November-March traditionally at Yosemite, which has offered ice skating since the 1930s.
The Boston Common - the oldest public park in the U.S. - becomes a hub for skaters from November-March annually. The Boston Common Frog Pond is picturesque and renowned for its skating programs.
On the National Mall
The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink offers an architecturally striking setting for skating. The rink on the National Mall is open from mid-November to mid-March, with portions of the rink offering views of the sculpture garden.
On the Waterfront
New Year's Eve fireworks add festive flair to Philadelphia's riverfront rink. A winter garden made of illuminated trees and shrubs, wood chips and fire pits surrounds the rink, which is part of the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest from November-March annually.
Windy City Wonderland
Shimmering trees surround the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Chicago's Millennium Park, which attracts 100,000 skaters annually. It's open typically from mid-November to early March. The park opened in 2001 on Chicago's famed Michigan Avenue.
At Keystone Resort in Colorado, the five-acre lake serves as an outdoor skating rink with spectacular views.
Massive in the Mountains
Colorado's Evergreen Lake is the largest outdoor Zamboni-maintained ice rink in North America. The rink spans 8.5 acres, bordered by mountains. It's open typically from mid-December to mid-March.
There's an unpretentious setting for skating at Woodland Park in Kalispell, Mont. The park becomes an ice skating rink in the winter, with an old-fashioned warming hut.
Skating in Colorado
Alderhof Ice Rink is in the center of Vail Square in Vail, Colo.