Who says that you have to head inside to take a spin on your skates when the weather outside gets frightful? Any of these rinks allow you to enjoy the great outdoors while getting a winter workout … in the frosty air.
Curry Village (California)
Yosemite National Park’s rink opened in the 1930s, and has been wowing skaters with its gorgeous Northern California scenery ever since. When you’re sufficiently chilled after several laps around the ice, cozy up with some hot cocoa at the nearby outdoor fire pit while taking in the stunning rock formations that surround you.
Rockefeller Center (New York)
It doesn’t get more iconic than this Manhattan landmark, so bundle up and grab your family, friends, or honey bunny and join the masses for an unforgettable experience in the Big Apple. This rink only allows 150 skaters at a time, though, so those who make it in get to enjoy a truly special adventure.
Frog Pond (Massachusetts)
Smack-dab in the center of Boston Common, the famous Frog Pond turns into a true winter wonderland when the temps get chilly. Perks like free WiFi and an on-site cafe with snacks and drinks make it easy — well, easier, anyways — to handle the frigid weather! If you’re a beginner or just a little rusty, you can even take advantage of skating lessons.
McCormick Tribune (Illinois)
Come mid-November, this rink in the heart of downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park invites young and old to strap on their skates and celebrate the season. You’ll get to show off your skills on over 16,000 square feet of the frozen stuff as one of the 100,000 skaters that converge on the ice each year.
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden (D.C.)
It’s a spot in the nation’s capitol city that that showcases views of some of the most amazing buildings in the country, and offers top-notch lessons from some of the most amazing instructors around — some of whom have even competed nationally and globally.
Hotel Del Coronado (California)
And now for something completely different! You might be ice skating, but it’ll feel more like you’re spending a day at the beach when you visit this rink, which boasts palm trees, Pacific Ocean views, and those balmy San Diego temperatures. No scarves, boots, or jackets necessary!