As winter closes in, the days are becoming shorter and spending time outdoors becomes a thing of the past, at least for this year. Ice skating and regular roller skating are perfect ways to have fun indoors while getting some exercise, and rinks are often open year-round. Whether you’re a professional skater or a beginner, lace up your skates and practice your triple toe loops at one of these great skating rinks in Baltimore.
Mount Pleasant Ice Arena
Managed by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, the seasonal Mount Pleasant Ice Arena gives Baltimore natives the chance to hit the ice and try out recreational skating and hockey, receive skating instruction as well as viewing performances and competitive skating. Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill frequently trains at the arena, while world champion Kimmie Meissner began her career here.
Where: 6101 Hillen Road, Baltimore, MD 21239
Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro Family Skating Center
If you’re planning on hosting a special event, like a birthday party or a workplace gathering, the Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro Family Skating Center is the best spot, as you can rent out the entire ice arena for your group at a reasonable hourly rate. Public skating lessons are also available, while general admission is only $4. Purchase a season pass for $30, which gives you 10 skating sessions.
Where: 200 South Linwood Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224
Located at the end of I-795 in the Reisterstown Regional Park, Reisterstown Sportsplex is one of the most well maintained rinks in the Baltimore area. The state-of-the-art arena offers high quality recreation programs and family entertainment, like public skating, figure skating and ice hockey. You can even get involved in the wacky sport of broomball here, a game similar to hockey but played with an inflatable ball and brooms.
Where: 401 Mitchell Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21236
If you feel like groovin’ while you’re movin’, head to Skateland Orchard. While this charming arena is not an ice skating rink, it does pride itself in being the “home of the best urban, hip-hop, R&B and old school roller skating.” Located just outside of Baltimore, this year-round skating rink is great for groups or just hitting the rink solo. Skateland Orchard often hosts holiday-themed skate nights, so check the website to stay up-to-date.
Where: 8855 Orchard Tree Lane, Towson, MD 21286
Another indoor roller skating rink, Hot Skates is perfect for birthday parties and other special events. Take the whole family for a night of affordable skating fun at Family Fun Skate Night, every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m., and pay only $1 per person.
Where: 1716 Whitehead Road, Woodlawn, MD 21207
Photo credit: iStockphoto/cjmckendry
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