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Nothing will get you quite in the holiday spirit like a day of gliding across the ice on a pair of skates, and while Florida is known for its sunshine and beaches, there are a handful of venues that will let you experience this glorious winter pastime. Catering to both first-timers and expert skaters alike, these rinks are a refreshing escape from the heat. Perfect for any time of year, check out these top places you can lace up and have a fun-filled day of ice skating in Florida.
A multi-purpose sports and recreation facility in Orlando, RDV Sportsplex Ice Den is a great place for learning how to skate with classes available for all ages and skill levels. At the former Orlando Magic and Orlando Solar Bears practice facility, you’ll have plenty of room to stretch out on the NHL-sized ice rink and Olympic-sized ice rink. Choose from the venue’s list of kid-friendly activities, from hockey leagues, hockey camps, figure skating lessons, and public skating available throughout the week.
Take the entire family out to TGH Ice Plex, located on the limit of Tampa and Brandon, where you’ll discover an 85,000-square-foot facility with two NHL-sized ice rinks and the official training facility of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Not only can you enjoy a day out on the ice, but the facility is also home to a massive laser tag arena and a grill and sports bar. Purchase all your gear and apparel at the Rinkside Pro Shop or enjoy a private event or birthday party with the ones you love.
The only three-ice rink facility in Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Skate Zone in Lake Worth features a 75,000-square-foot facility that both kids and adults can enjoy. Show off your skills with a few spins around the ice rink before enjoying the facility’s on-site arcade, cafe, pro shop, or birthday party rooms. Just minutes from West Palm Beach, the venue’s Skate Zone offers public ice skating sessions in addition to kids’ ice skating lessons, ice hockey leagues, and figure skating lessons.
South Florida’s newest skating facility, Palm Beach Ice Works in West Palm Beach offers an Olympic-sized rink that welcomes both expert skaters and first-timers. The recreational facility is open to the public during select hours, while those who prefer to stay on dry land can enjoy the climate-controlled lobby and viewing area and indulge in healthy snacks at the concession stand. Little ones learning how to perfect their skating skills can benefit from the comfort of a kid-friendly Ice Skooter to assist them.
Located south of Orlando, the Ice Factory of Central Florida in Kissimmee is a family-friendly venue that is perfect for a day of ice skating. You’ll find a 750-seat stadium and an NHL-sized rink, where you can spend hours enjoying a day of perfecting your skating skills. The venue also offers an array of other activities, such as figure skating, ice hockey, birthday parties, summer camps, and even family nights and weekends with a DJ and light show.
A fantastic choice for those interested in figure skating, ice hockey, and public skating events, Kendall Ice Arena is Miami’s only ice sports center. Spend an afternoon doing a few laps on their spacious ice rink or participate in one of the many classes offered. They have “Learn to Skate” group classes, where you can be taught by experts and learn the fundamentals of ice skating. Catering to both kids and adults, this is also a great place to book a private event or birthday party.
Pines Ice Arena in Pembroke Pines has created the perfect recipe for fun with its youth hockey, adult hockey, figure skating, and “Learn to Skate” program. Dubbing themselves the “coolest location in South Florida”, you’ll find public skating throughout the week where the kids can enjoy a day out on the ice. If you’re keen to sharpen your skills, sign up for one of the skate programs, where you can choose from group or private lessons with certified instructors.
Nestled in Northeast Florida, Community First Igloo is a mecca for ice sports enthusiasts. Pop in on one of Florida’s warm winter days and enjoy a cool day of public skating or enroll in one of their classes. If you’re looking for something truly unique, play a round of Broomball, a recreational ice game that is similar in rules to hockey but incorporates soccer strategies, wearing shoes, and using wooden brooms and a small rubber ball.
A well-rounded recreational facility, Space Coast Iceplex in Rockledge not only offers the standard open ice skating times and hockey and figure skating lessons, but they also boast a few unique perks you won’t find at other rinks. From a fitness center with personal trainers to a sports bar to catch all the NHL games, this venue is perfect for entertaining the entire family. Located an hour from Orlando, spend a fun day out skating around the rink and listening to the great music.
The official practice facility of the Florida Panthers, the IceDen in Coral Springs boasts plenty of opportunities to have fun. From the public skating hours to the figure skating, kids camp, and youth and adult hockey leagues, you’ve got plenty of activities to choose from. Head to the pro shop for skates, helmets, or apparel or fuel up for a few hours on the ice with the casual fare at the on-site Panther’s Point Bar & Grill.
Home to four full-sized rinks and one kid-sized rink, AdventHealth Center Ice in Wesley Chapel near Tampa has got all your ice skating needs covered. A massive venue with 150,000 square feet of space, this ice rink and sports facility is the largest in the state. In addition to public skating, a hockey academy, curling, ice skating, and figure skating are available, there is also an on-site fitness center, sports medicine clinic, and well-stocked pro shop, and sports-themed restaurant.