Are you looking for a fun outdoor activity while also practicing social distancing? Then look no further. Northeast Ohio offers a variety of outdoor ice-skating rinks for patrons to enjoy in their very own backyard. Whether you want to skate in a winter urban setting or next to a beautiful waterfront, we have you covered for the best ice rinks to visit this winter. But don’t wait too long as the season will soon be come to an end, so take advantage of the fresh winter weather now.
After a long day of shopping at the Crocker Park shopping center, customers can take a break on the beautiful outdoor skating rink at Union Square in Westlake. The Crocker Park ice rink allows patrons to enjoy the upscale shopping center while skating in a winter wonderland. The outdoor rink is open for skating until Feb. 28. 186 Union St., Westlake, 440-835-9343, crockerpark.com
Located in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, this large skating rink is completely free to skate as patrons only need to pay for a skate rental if needed. The rink’s surrounding elements, such as the Downtown Pavilion and Amphitheater, allow for a unique experience as well as a magically decorated area for all to enjoy. The rink is open for skating until Feb. 15. 2085 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-971-8225, cityofcf.com
Halloran Skating Park
This open-air skating rink, located in Cleveland, is the only one owned by the city. The skating rink is best suited for hockey as penalty boxes and hockey lines were installed to provide the best experience for the sport. To ensure the safety during the pandemic, skaters must register online ahead of time. 3550 W. 117th St., Cleveland, 216-664-4187,clevelandohio.gov
As part of its Winter RiverFest, Merwin’s Warf brought in a synthetic ice rink for Clevelanders to enjoy until Jan. 18. This riverside rink, located on the Cuyahoga River’s Irishtown Bend, features a combination of stunning wildlife views and urban-style greenspace for a unique skating experience. Patrons are recommended to reserve a skating session online to ensure a time slot and allow appropriate social distancing on the ice. 1785 Merwin Ave., Cleveland, 216-664-5696, clevelandmetroparks.com
The Rink at Wade Oval at University Circle
If patrons are looking to skate in a dazzling park without breaking the bank, then look no further than The Rink at Wade Oval located in University Circle. The rink is surrounded by winter greenery, as well as beautiful holiday lights, to create a magical experience for all to enjoy. But act fast as the rink is only open until Feb. 15 and reservations must be booked online. 10820 East Blvd, Cleveland, 216-791-3900, universitycircle.org