North America's Best Ice Skating Rink: Rideau Canal Skateway!

The Boston Common Frog Pond takes second place

Throughout North America, the winter season offers the opportunity for travelers swap flip flops for ice skates and glide across the frozen water. These 10 winners, voted the best by our readers, span the continent, from the Rocky Mountains of Canada and Colorado to the Big Apple. Did your favorite make the list?

  • Rideau Canal Skateway
    Ottawa, Ontario

    The historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, snakes its way through the Canadian capital. In winter, the canal transforms into the world's largest skating rink, winding for almost 5 miles through Ottawa. Skaters enjoy rest areas, fire pits, picnic tables and vendors selling sweets, snacks and steaming hot chocolate.
    Photo courtesy of Ottawa Tourism / Tourisme Ottawa

  • The Boston Common Frog Pond

    Beginning in mid-November, the Boston Common Frog Pond transforms into one of the area's largest outdoor skating rinks. Visitors and locals alike can lace up some skates for a public skating session, sign-up for lessons or simply people watch with a cup of warm hot chocolate in hand at the Pond Cottage.
    Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

  • The Rink at Bryant Park
    New York

    A highlight of the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is the 17,000-square-foot skating rink. Admission is free for public skating sessions, and the rink also offers rentals, a skate school and free skating shows throughout the holiday season.
    Photo courtesy of Andrew Burton/Getty Images

  • Wollman Rink in Central Park
    New York

    Situated on the east side of Central Park near the Central Park Zoo, Wollman Rink has been a favorite New York attraction ever since it opened in 1949. Open for skating during fall and winter, the rink affords spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as skate rentals, lockers and a skating school for those who'd like to polish up their skills.
    Photo courtesy of NYC & Company / Julienne Schaer

  • Union Square Ice Rink
    San Francisco

    A San Francisco holiday tradition returns to Union Square this winter with its annual holiday ice rink. Surrounded by festive lights, skaters of all ages and abilities can glide through this iconic plaza to the sounds of holiday tunes.
    Photo courtesy of 2013 Scott Chernis Photography

  • Half Dome Village Ice Rink
    Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite National Park has welcomed skaters to its Half Dome Village rink (formerly the Curry Village rink) since the 1930s. This spectacular outdoor rink sits in the heart of Yosemite Valley, where skaters can glide across the ice with stellar views of the park's iconic granite peak.
    Photo courtesy of Yosemite Hospitality

  • ICE at Discovery Green

    Discovery Green in the heart of Downtown Houston gets a winter makeover in November with the opening of The ICE. Recycled water from Kinder Lake is used to create the 7,716-square-foot skating surface–the largest outdoor rink in the Southwest.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Houston (Julie Soefer)

  • Keystone Lake
    Keystone, Colo.

    Each winter, Colorado's Keystone Lake becomes North America's largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor ice rink. Situated near Keystone's Lakeside Village, the 5-acre frozen lake is surrounded by restaurants for people watching, and skate rentals are available.
    Photo courtesy of Keystone Resort

  • The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
    Las Vegas

    "Las Vegas" and "ice skating" might not belong in the same sentence at first glance, but The Cosmopolitan is seeking to change that by transforming their Boulevard Pool into Sin City's only outdoor ice rink each winter. Skaters at the 4,200-foot skating surface high above the Strip can munch on s'mores by a fire pit and sip seasonal cocktails under a light snowfall in the evening.
    Photo courtesy of Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

    Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is home to Philadelphia's largest outdoor ice rink, open Thanksgiving Weekend through early March. Visitors can skate the regulation-size rink overlooking the Delaware River, sign up for a free lesson, warm up by a fire pit or inside a cozy cabin, sip house-made hot chocolate or play a variety of arcade games in the Kids Lodge.
    Photo courtesy of M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

The top 10 winners in the category Best Ice Skating Rink are as follows:

  1. Rideau Canal Skateway - Ottawa, Ontario
  2. The Boston Common Frog Pond - Boston
  3. The Rink at Bryant Park - New York
  4. Wollman Rink in Central Park - New York
  5. Union Square Ice Rink - San Francisco
  6. Half Dome Village Ice Rink - Yosemite National Park
  7. ICE at Discovery Green - Houston
  8. Keystone Lake - Keystone, Colo.
  9. The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  10. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest - Philadelphia

Congratulations to all these winning skating rinks!

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