As the weather cools, the leaves change, and a new season turns the corner, ice skating is a great retreat from closed-up homes. Ice sports include hockey, figure skating, speed skating, couple figure skating or just for the fun of it. If’s it’s time to get out and hit the ice, these are the best places to go ice skating in Cleveland.
9999 E. Washington St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Price: $6/free for children younger than 5
The Pond caters to families and individuals with disabilities year round. It also offers competitive sports instructed by highly skilled mentors, such as hockey and figure skating. The Pond’s teaching technique is that of patience and a strong drive for excellence. The Pond offers three party rooms for birthday parties, business events or field trips. To increase the fun of the center, it also offers dodge ball in a separate room. Private classes and group packages are available.
15381 Royalton Road
Strongville, OH 44136
Price: $4 residents/$6 non-residents/$2 skate rental
This state-of-the-art, year-round arena is sleek, modern and offers an abundance of services. Hoover Area is operated by Ice Land, USA, and promises more than just ice sports. In addition to providing highly skilled instructors with a fierce competitive drive for figure skating and hockey, this arena also offers a full-service bar equipped with the essential flat screen televisions, a café and buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, a pro-shop, strength conditioning, Zumba, Pilates and even ballet classes. This center is a tournament location where some of the best compete. Enjoy open skate as well as private classes and rink rentals. The open skate schedule may change due to special events, so check before you head out. Check the calendar or call the arena before planning a visit.
Recreation Center & Ice Skating Rink
3550 West 117
Cleveland, OH 44111
Price: $1 skate rental
Halloran Park is an inner-city recreational center that offers ice skating for the whole family from October to April. Enjoy recreational hockey and guidance in figure skating as well as skating lessons. Halloran Park offers a leadership program for teens ages 12 to 16, which allows the teens to help with the ice rink and participate in special events at the area. It also encourages the teens to share their love of the ice with the youth and provide a role model for the younger ones attending the arena.
Rocky River Parks & Recreation Civic Center
21018 Hilliard Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44116
Price: $4.75 adults weekday afternoons/$3.50 children 6 to 18/$1.50 children younger than 5/$3.75 seniors/$5.50 adults weekends and evenings/$4 children 6 to 18/$1.50 children younger than 5/$4.50 seniors
Rocky River Parks is a recreational center offering a family event that brings the love of ice to all. Enjoy open skating, private lessons in hockey and figure skating, and special events and clubs revolving around the ice. In March 2013, the center will offer an ice show as well. The open skate schedule may change due to special events, so check before heading out.
Cleveland Heights Community Center
1 Monticello Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44118
Price: $3 member adults/$2 member children/$5 non-member adults and non-member children/$2 skate rentals
Cleveland Heights Community Center is one of the area’s largest arenas. The facility not only boasts two ice rinks, but one is an official Olympic-sized arena. Open year-round, it offers everything from open-skate time to lessons in speed skating, figure skating and ice hockey. It hosts specials events and opens its doors to some of the best competitions as well. It offers specials and group discounts for birthday parties, business functions or fundraisers. The open-skate schedule may change due to special events. Check the schedule before planning your visit.
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