Winter is here, and the cold-weather festivities are in full swing. Snow and cold provide opportunities to sled, build snowmen, or have a snowball fight. Snowmobiles are fun to ride and make travel across the crunchy white vastness easier. Dog sleds pulled by teams of big fluffy dogs can be seen racing or transporting supplies. Lights are decorated with many buildings and landscapes, celebrating the joy of the holidays, and then there is ice-skating. Ice skating is a staple of winter and the holiday season as people strap on their skates and attempt to float around the ice under the lights. This holiday season tries your luck at ice-skating at one of these most popular U.S. skating rinks.
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Curry Village Ice Rink
The Curry Village Ice Rink is located in Yosemite National Park and is open to the public. There is a fee of 11 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for children, and you can bring your skates, or rent them for 4.50. Ice skating at Yosemite has become a tradition, starting in 1930, and is a favorite around the Yosemite area. Situated in the Curry Village, it is located beneath the stunning Half Dome and Glacier Point mountains. The mountains act as a towering backdrop that looks almost unreal. Sit by the outdoor fire pit to warm up, or buy a hot beverage and some more supplies at the gift shop to meet and eat. While you’re skating, a hot shoe hut is available to keep your shoes from getting frosty while you enjoy your skating.
The Ice Rink
The Ice Rink is created on the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan Hotel on the Las Vegas strip. High up above the Boulevard you can enjoy ice-skating and benefit from the views of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Fire pits, smores, and warm drinks are ready when you get tired and cold. Dance in the snow showers created around the rink as well. An all-day pass is 15-dollars, and if you’re a state resident, it is only 10-dollars. Skates are only five bucks to rent. Save time by going online and filling out the ice rink waiver so you can have it ready. On certain nights of the week there are ice-skating parties, so grab your friends and family and have fun on the ice.
The Boston Common Frog Pond
Located in one of oldest parks in the U.S. known as the Boston Common, resides the Boston Common Frog Pond Skating Rink. Frog Pond got its name because it used to be a real pond with real frogs. Have fun ice skating in the park and sign up for the skating school offered. Tall trees and snow covered grass surround the rink and beyond that the large buildings of the city. Pricing is based on height, if you’re under 58-inches tall, you are free! Anyone over 58-inches is 6 dollars. Skate rental for adults is 12 dollars and for kids 6 dollars. If you live or are staying in the area, Frog Pond season passes are available for you and your family. If you and your friends and family are near the Boston area, come skate under the snow flurries on the famous Frog Pond.
The Rink – Rockefeller Center
The iconic ice skating rink in New York City’s Rockefeller Center is the most popular rink in the U.S. Located right next to Times Square, come and have fun on your skating session beneath beautiful architectural pieces, and of course, an enormous lit Christmas tree. The rink has a VIP lounge to warm up if you get too cold in snowy New York, or try a hot meal at the Rock Center Café or Cucina & Co. Surprise your sweetie by scheduling a private event and propose on the ice, a magical moment on the beautiful rink you both will never forget. General admission for adults varies depending on the dates from 25 dollars to 32 dollars. Skate rentals are 12 dollars, and kids are 15 bucks. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the world-famous Rockefeller skating rink.
Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square
San Francisco offers one of its most popular events, and that is known as the Holiday Ice Rink located in Union Square. Certain nights of the week offer singles meet and greet, drag queens on the ice, and the polar bear skate, where you dress in your bathing suit and brave the cold. Events are available for adults and kids, so check out their schedule online. This particular rink is very popular and can fill quickly, so reserve your tickets online to make sure you get a spot to enjoy one of the best winter festivities. General admission is 11 dollars for adults, 7 for children, and 6 dollars to rent skates, or you can bring your own. Enjoy this popular hotspot and mingle with old friends and make some new as well.
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Whether you’re a beginner or have been skating for your entire life, there is a place for you to enjoy yourself at any of these rinks. Special events, VIP service, hot cocoa, fireplaces and s’mores all enhance your icy experience, making it warmer. Bring a crowd or maybe just your sweetie to skate around under the twinkling lights of the holidays. Some rinks don’t charge anything at all, some you do have to pay admission, but it is worth the right time you experience during the craziness of the holidays. Winter offers a variety of different activities and ice-skating is one of the most fun, so grab your skates and call your friends and family and hit the ice.