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Best Ice Skating Rinks Around Tampa

January 16, 2012 12:20 PM

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(credit: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

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Who needs snow on the ground to have a good time on ice? This list of the best ice skating rinks around Tampa will help you decided where to go when you’re ready to go for a twirl on ice.

Tampa’s Downtown on Ice

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa’s only outdoor ice skating rink will be opened opened in November and was a big hit last year. Admission to the rink at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is $10 and includes a pair of skates and 90 minutes of skate time. The rink is about Monday through Sunday with special holiday hours (check website for details). If you don’t want to take advantage of the 90-minute skate time, there’s also the Lunch Time Skate where you just pay $7 for 30 minutes on the ice (Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.).

Ice Sports Forum

10222 Elizabeth Place
Tampa, FL 33619
(813) 684-7825

The Ice Sports Forum, the official training facility for the Tampa Bay Lightning, offers skate lessons in addition to hosting public skating times. Admission is $4.99 and skate rentals are $2.49, however the rink is only open to the public for less than two hours. When you’ve exhausted yourself on the ice, the Ice Sports Forum also offers laser ta, which is just $5 if paid for in conjunction with your skating admission fee.

Tampa Bay Skating Academy

255 Forest Lakes Blvd
Oldsmar, FL 34677
(813) 854-4010

The Tampa Bay Skating Academy is home to the Central Florida Hockey League, houses two NHL regulation ice rinks, and offers hockey and figure skating lessons in addition to hosting public skating. There is also a cafe, a restaurant and bar and a sporting shop on the premises for some pre/post-skating fun. Admission fees start at $7 for an hour of skating plus $2.50 for skate rental.

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