During the winter months, some of the world most attractive settings are converted into ice skating rinks. I’m all about working out, being healthy and having fun, but I”m not much ofa fan of winter sports: except building snow-men. This list features the largest, most spectacular and attractive outdoor ice rinks around the world, just to make sure you won’t miss out on them, if you happen to visit those particular locations. Which one looks best to you?
Fuji-Q Highland is an amusement park near the base of Mount Fuji in Fujiyoshida. It has a number of roller coasters, as well as The Haunted Hospital, the world’s largest haunted attraction. The park features the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Japan.
FlevOnice is the Netherland’s longest artificial ice rink. Thanks to the myriad of canals and rivers, skaters in the Netherlands can enjoy courses of up to 200km, but these courses only freeze over during cold winters.
8. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink | Ice Rink
Chicago’s Millennium Park is a public park near the Lake Michigan shoreline. The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink within the park, is a free public outdoor ice skating rink. It is generally open four months a year, from mid-November until mid-March, when it hosts over 100,000 skaters annually.
7. Rideau Canal
The Rideau Canal is a scenic canal that connects the cities of Kingston and Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. The canal was opened in 1832 as a precaution in case of war with the United States, but nowadays a section of the Rideau Canal passing through central Ottawa becomes one of the world’s largest outdoor ice skating rinks.
6. Red Square Ice Rink | Outdoor Ice Rink
For the fifth consecutive year Moscow has an ice rink on the Red Square. Beautifully illuminated, the ice rink lures Muscovites and tourists to enjoy skating on one of the world’s most famous city squares.
5. Somerset House | Incredible Ice Rinks
Sommerset House features London’s original and most beautiful outdoor ice rink in the winter seasons. During daytime visitors can skate in the spectacular setting of Somerset House’s 18th century courtyard.
4. Nathan Phillips Square
Located in front of City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square is a city square in the center of Toronto, Canada. During the winter months, the reflecting pool becomes an ice skating rink, with skates available for rental.
3. Rockefeller Center
The Rockefeller Center ice rink has become a quintessential New York City winter experience for generations. Here you’ll find New Yorkers and tourists alike, skating amid the watchful eye of the gilded Prometheus statue and the unique urban backdrop of Rockefeller Center’s sparkling lights.
2. Vienna Ice Dream
Wiener Eistraum is an annual ice skating event organized by the city of Vienna in Austria right in front of the Rathaus (City Hall). From January to March the City Hall Square is transformed into a large ice rink.
1. Wollman Rink
Wollman Skating Rink is an outdoor ice rink in the southern part of Central Park, New York City. The rink was opened in 1949 with funds donated by Kate Wollman.