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Best Ice Skating In Seattle

December 27, 2013 4:00 AM

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With daylight waning and temperatures dropping, the hottest place to be in Seattle this winter is the ice skating rink. Ice skating is a traditional winter activity that people have enjoyed for an estimated 3,000 years and there’s no shortage of ice skating rinks in the Seattle area. Lace up some skates and enjoy group skating, hockey, figure skating or lessons while getting excellent cardiovascular exercise and socializing with fellow skaters, young and old. Whether it’s the first time you’ve put your skating blades to the ice or you’re a seasoned pro doing axels, arabesques and Lutz jumps, these ice skating rinks have something to offer for everyone.

Highland Ice Arena
18005 Aurora Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 546-2431
www.highlandice.com

Highland Ice Arena has been a top Seattle ice skating venue for more than 50 years, offering ice hockey, group skating lessons, figure skating, public skating and special classes. For public skating, admission is waived for children aged five and under; for skaters aged 13 to 64, admission starts at $7; and for skaters ages six to 12 and 65+, admission starts at $6. Skate rental costs $3 per person per session. There are special Family Sessions on Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with an admission fee of $15. Highland Ice Arena also offers special Free Skating sessions – check its website for availability.

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Comcast Community Arena
2000 Hewitt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
(425) 322-2653
www.comcastarenaeverett.com

Located north of Seattle in Everett, The Comcast Community Arena offers hockey classes for youths and adults, learn-to-skate classes, figure skating and public skating. The arena is also available for rental for parties and groups, with packages starting at $150 and available on any of the open skating days. Comcast Community Arena also has the Power Play Cafe, which offers a full menu including salads, soups and sandwiches – and you can enjoy eating here without paying for admission to the rink. Admission rates for public skating are $3.50 for children aged five and under (including skate rental), $6 for skaters ages six and up and $3 for skate rental alone. There’s also an option to purchase a public skating punch card for $30, which includes skate rental and seven public skating sessions.

SnoKing Ice Arena in Kirkland
14326 124th Ave. N.E.
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 821-7133
www.snokingkirkland.com

Just a hop, skip, jump and a bridge drive across the water from Seattle, SnoKing Ice Arena, located in the Kingsgate neighborhood of Kirkland, offers learn-to-skate programs and ice skating sports, including hockey, broomball and figure skating. The learn-to-skate program, which costs $120 for seven weeks of instruction, includes rental skates and is great for skaters of all ages. If you’re interested in public skating, admission costs $6 for ages five and younger (including skate rental and admission), $8 for ages six and up (does not include skate rental), $8 for groups of 10 or more (including skate rental and admission), $75 for a 10-session punch card (not including skate rental), $100 for a 10-session punch card (includes skate rental) and $3 for each individual skate rental. Hockey is available for skaters from youth to adult and SnoKing Ice Arena offers youth hockey, private lessons, drop-in hockey, adult hockey and hockey camps.

Lynnwood Ice Center
19803 68th Ave. N.W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 640-9999
www.lynnwoodicecenter.com

Lynnwood Ice Center, located just north of Seattle in Lynnwood, features learn-to-skate classes, private lessons, public skating and a new home school program. Running for seven weeks, the home school program assists skaters of all ability levels and costs $85 per student with a minimum enrollment of four students. For public skating, admission prices (which do not include the cost of skate rental) range from free for children aged five and under, $6 for ages six to 12, $7 for ages 13 and up, $6 for seniors aged 55 and over and $5 for cheap skate (ages five and up). For younger skaters, Lynnwood Ice Center also has “ice aides” who can provide assistance. Lynnwood Ice Center also has a pro shop, snack bar and private birthday party rental rooms, with birthday party packages starting at $109.

Sprinker Recreation Center and Ice Skating Rink
14824 S. C St.
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 798-4000
www.rinktime.com

Located south of Seattle in Tacoma, Sprinker Recreation Center and Ice Skating Rink has been hosting happy ice skaters since 1956. In 1988, Sprinker Rec Center was one of only 20 U.S. clubs to receive an “Excellence on Ice” designation from the Professional Skaters Association, which recognizes progressive skating programs that offer superior coaching opportunities. Lessons are available for skaters of all ages and ability levels and skaters can also participate in youth and adult hockey programs and leagues, ice hockey clinics and pick-up hockey games. Sprinker’s rink and other facilities are also available for parties and other special events, with rates beginning at $160 + tax for up to 10 people. Admission prices for public skating range from $4.50 + tax for children aged five and under to $6.50 + tax for adults.

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Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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