During the winter months some of the most attractive places turn into ice rinks. This article describes some of the largest and most spectacular outdoor rinks in the world. They allow sport and entertainment on cold days.
Vienna Ice Dream
This is an annual event for skating, which was organized in Vienna in front of City Hall. From January to March Town Hall Square becomes a big ice rink.
Besides the main slide, one can skate оn 415 m long alley skating in the park of the town or one of the six rinks for curling.
Perhaps the most famous ice rink in the world is that of Rockefeller Center, which has become extremely important winter fun in New York for several generations.
Here you can see how New Yorkers and tourists slide under the watchful eye of the gilded statue of Prometheus, the unique background of twinkling lights of Rockefeller Center.
Square “Nathan Phillips”
“Nathan Phillips” is a city square in downtown Toronto, Canada, which is located in front of City Hall.
In summer there are daily concerts and dance performances, and in winter the square becomes a skating rink, where you can rent skates. Rink works each year from mid-November to mid-March.
In front of Somerset House is the first and most beautiful outdoor ice rink in London. During the day, visitors can skate in the impressive courtyard of the XVIII century.
When it gets dark, the rink is transformed thanks to the torches and architectural lights that illuminate the classical facade of Somerset House.
Ice rink on Red Square
Beautifully lit rink attracts both Muscovites and tourists то have fun skating on one of the most famous city squares in the world.
It was the scene of shows on ice, in which they participated Olympic skaters and veterans ice hockey played here show matches.
With a length of 5 km, FlevOnice is the longest artificial ice rink in the Netherlands. Thanks to the numerous canals and rivers lovers of ice skating in the Netherlands can enjoy the slides to a length of 200 km, but they freeze only if the winter is cold.
The slide FlevOnice, which has a width of 5 meters, has cooling elements, ensuring the formation of a real ice. It works every year during the winter months for about 100 days.
Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is near the base of Mount Fuji in Fujiyoshida. In winter, the park can be found the largest outdoor ice rink in Japan.
Rideau Canal, Canada
Rideau Canal is a scenic canal, which 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 and is still in use today. In winter, part of it passing through central Ottawa, officially became the world’s largest skating rink. Its length is 7.8 km and the total area is equal to 90 Olympic hockey rinks.
Millennium Park, USA
Chicago Millennium Park is a public park near the shore of Lake Michigan. It was opened in 2004. Ice Rink The McCormick Tribune has free access.
Open about four months a year, from mid-November to mid-March, and through it pass approximately over 100,000 skaters annually. For the rest of the year, this place turns into Park Grill Plaza – the largest Chicago outdoor dining space.