Travel-Worthy Outdoor Skating Rinks

You can ice skate in July, but it’s just not the same when there’s a ceiling.

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You can ice skate in July, but it’s just not the same when there’s a ceiling. If you’re looking to skate en plein air (and you’ve already fallen down at the Fountain Square rink), here are some other options:

Riverscape MetroPark
Take a quick jaunt up I-75 to Dayton and you’ll be rewarded with this sheltered 150-by-70-foot skating rink. Go for classes and theme nights and glide along to classic tunes (or learn how to finally leave the wall). Or try the Friday or Saturday Star-lite Skate. $5 daily admission, $2 skate rental, open through February. Riverscape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, (937) 275-7275,

Cuyahoga Falls
If you’re up for more of a drive, check out the Cuyahoga Falls outdoor rink. This rink is set up in Falls River Square, and has on-site concessions. The best part? If you have your own skates, they’ll sharpen them for you. $3 daily admission, $3 skate rental, open though February. Ice Rink at Falls River Square, Falls River Square, Cuyahoga Falls, (330) 971-8135,

Ottawa Park
This open-air rink in Toledo has varied open skate hours, plus a little something extra: drop-in hockey. If you missed your chance to join a league but you’d still like to try your hand at the sport, here’s your opportunity. Don’t get in any fights, though. Not cool. $4 daily admission, $2 skate rental, open through mid-March. Ottawa–Jermain Park, Toledo, (419) 245-3388,

Jeffersonville Ice Skating Rink
Heading north for winter sports makes sense, but for those inclined to fly south for the winter, you can still get your glide on. The Jeffersonville Ice Skating Rink is in historic downtown Jeffersonville, which means you’ll get to take in the sites while you warm up. $8 admission, includes skates, open until January 26th. Jeffersonville Ice Skating Rink, corner of Market and Spring streets, Jeffersonville, IN, (812) 285-6440,

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