Not every state fairs well in winter. Some are too snowy to plow through and enjoy while others are too sunny to stir up any notions of a seasonal change. Fortunately, Delaware has winter down to a science. The snow-dusted streets dazzle in beaming lights. The beaches take on a breathtaking muted palette. Surely there will be seasonal festivals, stunning displays of grandeur and ice skating. Delaware winters always have ice skating on the horizon. Here are some of the best rinks in the region.
If you take skating seriously and the thought of hitting the ice ignites within you a passion for hockey, figure skating or both, The Patriot Ice Center is a pit stop worth signing up for. This premium skating rink has all the bells and whistles needed to train like a pro, including a wide array of available courses to aid in enhancing performance. Public skates take place at set times seven days a week and admission is just $7 per adult and $5 for children ages six and under. This is a very busy rink so be sure to call ahead before arriving or peruse their online calendar for featured events and private closings.
Due to its seasonal climate, Delaware is quite the hub for pro skaters and some of them choose to train like scholars-by heading over to the University of Delaware to run laps around the rink. The University of Delaware's Ice Arena is open to the public but it's also known to draw a famous crowd. Everyone from amateurs to professionals, from hockey players to figure skaters to freestyle performance enthusiasts, gravitate to this glitzy rink that offers ice skating amenities all year long.
The Delaware State Fair's got tons of seasonal fun on ice for the whole family to enjoy. This indoor arena is a great place for the youth to stay inside and still engage in physical activities that range from figure skating to hockey to on-premise parties. The arena is equipped with all of the latest features and it also includes a retro arcade. Weekday skaters can enjoy a break from rental fees as well as affordable admission. Live shows are also a major draw.
Ice skating goes social at this ice skating exclusive club that hosts everyday public sessions along with unique classes like ice skating yoga, synchronized skating and ice skating ballet. If an offbeat approach to this traditional sport sounds like something that might appeal to your passions, you might consider paying a few dues and stepping inside. This is truly a one of a kind ice skating rink not just for Wilmington but also in terms of national seasonal attractions.
Until quite recently, Delaware beach residents had to make a bit of a journey in order to enjoy a skating delight but this year marks all new ground in that arena. Lewes, Delaware is set to present their all new iRink at this year's Winter Wonder Fest. If the praise that the Horizon rink met with just a few years back is any indication of what's to come, then beach lovers with a love of gliding on ice have a lot to look forward to this year.
Nature enthusiasts in the Delaware region can enjoy the thrill of navigating over a genuine frosty pond here at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington where ice skating is permitted pending weather conditions. This type of skating is recommended only for those who understand the necessary conditions required to skate over icy waters. Skaters here must bring their own equipment and skate at their own risk. The sheer beauty of this park following a winter freeze is definitely worth the trip so don't forget your camera.
Delaware is brimming with seasonal adventures that make staying in shape a breeze even in winter. Ice skating enthusiasts should keep their eyes open for upcoming opportunities to perform on ice either in sports, competitions or shows.