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Top ice skating destinations

Chicago may be a great ice skating destination.

Chicago may be a great ice skating destination.

If you and your family love ice skating, there are plenty of places around the country that could be moving destinations. Whether you or a family member play hockey, figure skate or just like to recreationally hang out at the rink, one of these areas may be a good spot. So, take a look at the list, grab your moving boxes and head on over. Just don't forget your skates!

Chicago
The cold weather that is so common in Chicago makes for a great recipe for outdoor skating. Luckily, the city is the home of the Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink. This is one of the most popular skating destinations in the country, and according to the City of Chicago, there are more than 100,000 visitors to the outdoor rink every year. Admission costs $10, and the rink typically is open from November to March.

Boston
The Northeast is a staple for ice skating, and Boston is the center of it all. There are both indoor and outdoor rinks available to skaters throughout the city. The Boston Common is home to the Frog Pond, and during the winter, the area freezes and may be a great option for those wanting to get some outdoor skate time. There are also indoor public skating options through The Skating Club of Boston located in Brighton. This is a member's club, but it does have public skating sessions, for a fee.

New York
There are also many skating options in New York City, so you may get just what you need here. One of the most recognizable outdoor rinks in the world is the Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center. The rink is a great place to stop by if you want a fun break from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are also a multitude of indoor rink options in other boroughs and neighborhoods. 

Washington, D.C.
The nation's capital has an outdoor rink of its own, and the prices are rather affordable. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink costs $8 for a two-hour adult skate, while children and seniors can get in for a dollar cheaper. The rink is open as long as the Chicago rink, weather permitting. If you can't get enough of the outdoor skating experience, it is possible to purchase a season pass for less than $200.

Sun Valley, Idaho
If you are looking for a more intimate skating experience in an area that isn't as busy as the aforementioned areas, then heading to Sun Valley, Idaho, may be a smart idea. The city is small, but it is a staple for those who love ice skating. The Sun Valley Ice Rink is the home to some of the top skaters in the world, but it still allows for casual skating, as well as skating lessons.

El Segundo, California
While the Los Angeles area may not come to mind as a center for ice skating, there are many options in and around the city. One of these is the Toyota Sports Center, located in El Segundo.

The National Hockey League's Kings practice here, and it caters to the public every day. Whether you play hockey, figure skate or just want to learn how to not slip and fall, this may be a great spot. If you can't be away from the beach, heading here instead of the snowier, colder areas could do the trick. The city is right on the Pacific Ocean, so you will always have the option of hitting the beach or the ice.