15 Best Ice Skating Rinks in the US

By Emily Wasserman
1/13/2015 6:59:01 AM

Ice-skating is the quintessential winter pastime. When temperatures drop below zero, Americans lace up their skates and take to the rink. Visitors can glide across the Rockefeller Center's renowned rink, or take in views of the Pacific Ocean at San Diego's Hotel del Coronado. Whether the backdrop is palm trees or skyscrapers, rinks across the country offer unique experiences to fit every traveler. Here are our picks for the best ice skating venues in the United States.

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Sun Valley Ice Rink

Where: Sun Valley, Idaho

For picturesque views of the mountains and year-round entertainment, visit the Sun Valley Ice Rink. The outdoor rink is one of the few to stay open year-round, and it offers skating lessons and ice shows. Visitors can also rub elbows with Olympic and world-class skaters, as the rink is a popular training spot for athletes.

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Rockefeller Center

Where: New York City

Skating in Rockefeller Center is a time-honored New York tradition. The rink is small, and only accommodates 150 guests at a time. But skating underneath the center's sparkling Christmas tree is well worth the wait. Crowds of visitors watch from the sidelines as skaters jump, twirl, and spin around the rink.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's New York City Guide

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National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

Where: Washington, DC

Guests can view spectacular works of art at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. The rink is conveniently located on Washington's National Mall and features sculptures by renowned contemporary artists. The nearby Pavilion Café offers panoramic views of the garden and rink as well as a variety of food and beverages.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Washington DC Guide

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