There are few pastimes more romantic than skating while holding your sweetie’s hand, watching the snow softly fall and hearing the swish of blades on ice. The U.S. is filled with ice rinks in urban areas that provide an affordable way to enjoy some winter nostalgia. Here are four of the country’s most beautiful.
CHICAGO McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park
Situated on the east side of Chicago’s Loop neighborhood, just three blocks from Lake Michigan, sits the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days (until mid-March) and welcomes kids of all ages to rent skates ($10 per person) and perfect their turns and glides as they take in the beauty of the Windy City skyline. Make sure to check out the rink at night when you can see the city lights.
After a skate, duck into the nearby Park Grill for some warm soups and decadent entrees.
WASHINGTON, D.C. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink
Walk outside the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and you will see an expansive ice rink. This rink is open to the public through February, features views of the city’s skyline and has a DJ every Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For a casual dining option post-skate, try Pavilion Café, located just inside the museum.
ANCHORAGE Westchester Lagoon
Situated a few miles from downtown Anchorage, Westchester Lagoon is the perfect place for visitors to take in Alaska’s picturesque scenery while getting some exercise on ice skates. The lagoon is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains and features live music on weekends.
Hungry skaters can venture back into town for some surf and turf at Simon & Seafort’s, a popular local hangout with a view
NEW YORK CITY Citi Pond at Bryant Park
The world-famous Rink at Rockefeller Center is a glittering landmark, but the equally charming Citi Pond is free to the public (except for the $14 skate rental fee) and is open through March 3.
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