A lot of us want to stay active this winter, but the chilly weather can deter us from making that journey to the gym. Ice skating takes advantage of the low temps, and is a fun way to get moving rather than staying wrapped up on the couch. Here are our top five ice skating rinks to get you feeling warm outside in the cold.
Fountain Square’s yearly conversion into an ice rink had to make it on this list. For $6 admission (with a $4 skate rental), you can enjoy a night of ice skating with your friends, family, or children. The rink also offers a full-service concessions tent with hot and cold snacks, Coca-Cola beverages, beer, and wine, enough to keep your children full and you entertained.
38 Fountain Square Plaza, downtown, (513) 381-0782
If you are looking for a bit more atmosphere with your ice-skating experience, look no further than ice skating at Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY. The Glice rink—the largest in North America—sits in front of the life-size Noah’s Ark, which is lit up at night with festive Christmas bulbs. For $8, you can skate as long as you want, but hurry: This rink is only open until December 30.
1 Ark Encounter Dr., Williamstown, (855) 284-3275
Winter Wonderland Ice Rink
Located on Tate Street in Lawrenceburg, IN is the Main Street Inc. Ice Skating rink. It features a protective roof overhead for less-than-favorable weather conditions, a fire pit for warming up after a wipe out, and a concession stand. This rink is only $6 per person (including skate rentals) and $4 for a child 14 years and younger.
305 W. Tate St., Lawrenceburg, (812) 537-4507
Warm 98.5 Ice Rink at Summit Park is back this Winter for its third season. For just $6 per person (including skate rental) and $5 per person for groups of 3 or more, you can skate the day away. There are also skating aids available at a first-come, first-serve basis for young children who want to get in on the action.
4335 Glendale Milford Rd., Blue Ash, (513) 745-8443
King’s Island is a local favorite, and this winter the amusement park has Snow Flake Ice Skating at Winterfest. The rink, located on International Street on the transformed Royal Fountain, is guarded by polar bears as guests enter the park and surrounded by festive lighting and decorations. This unique experience is available for $15, at certain times, and with limited tickets, so make sure to get online and reserve your skating adventure now.
6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason, (513) 754-5700