Skaters on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway
Skaters on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway

Nice Ice for Skating!

Glide across the world’s coolest ice rinks.

People have been moving on ice for a long time. As early as 5,000 years ago, they glided on carved animal bones instead of blades. Back then, people skated out of need. They had to travel across ice to survive. But today, ice skating is all about fun. Every winter, people hit the ice to zip around and do tricks. And from rinks to lakes, there are plenty of cool places to cruise!

People make ice rinks in some places. One of the most famous rinks is at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. From the ice, skaters can look up at the city’s skyscrapers and the lit-up Rockefeller Christmas tree.

In 2023, there’s a special rink at the White House in Washington, D.C. That’s where the U.S. president lives — and now, there is ice on the South Lawn! First lady Jill Biden showed off the White House’s first rink in 43 years. Figure skating champion Brian Boitano was there too. He said, “This is the most iconic place I’ve ever skated.” The presidential rink will be open to local students, teachers, military families, and .

Near London, England, there’s a royally nice rink at Hampton Court Palace. King Henry VIII used to live in that grand home in the 1500s. London has another rink outside of Somerset House, an art gallery in a beautiful building. The rink gets festive with a big tree, colorful lights, and DJs playing music!

Austria takes ice skating to another level with Vienna Ice Dream. That rink lets skaters scoot on two stories connected by ramps outside of Vienna’s city hall. There are also ice paths that wind through a park, connecting several bigger rinks.

Other special skating spots are made by nature instead of people. Lakes, rivers, and can freeze in cold weather. If the ice gets thick enough, it can be safe for people to skate on! Russia’s Lake Baikal is the oldest and deepest lake in the world. Sometimes, its ice is clear enough to see through as skaters zip around!

In Canada, people can go on Lake Louise in Banff National Park. That body of water is usually famous for being blue, but in winter, it gets icy. Visitors can even see sculptures carved from ice out on the lake! There’s another unique skating spot in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. The Rideau Canal freezes over in winter to create the world’s largest skating rink! The Rideau Canal Skateway stretches to about 4.8 miles (7.8 km) long and goes right through the city.

When Jill Biden opened the White House rink, she thought of frozen canals from her own childhood. “What was normally an ordinary town and an ordinary bridge into a bright, sparkling landscape,” she said. “Just glittering as if it were covered in magic.”

Will you experience the magic of the ice?

Updated December 5, 2023, 5:03 P.M. (ET)
By Ashley Morgan

Nice Ice for Skating!

Glide across the world’s coolest ice rinks.

Skaters on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway
Skaters on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway

People have been moving on ice for a long time. As early as 5,000 years ago, they glided on carved animal bones instead of blades. Back then, people skated out of need. They had to travel across ice to survive. But today, ice skating is all about fun. Every winter, people hit the ice to zip around and do tricks. And from rinks to lakes, there are plenty of cool places to cruise!

People make ice rinks in some places. One of the most famous rinks is at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. From the ice, skaters can look up at the city’s skyscrapers and the lit-up Rockefeller Christmas tree.

In 2023, there’s a special rink at the White House in Washington, D.C. That’s where the U.S. president lives — and now, there is ice on the South Lawn! First lady Jill Biden showed off the White House’s first rink in 43 years. Figure skating champion Brian Boitano was there too. He said, “This is the most iconic place I’ve ever skated.” The presidential rink will be open to local students, teachers, military families, and .

Near London, England, there’s a royally nice rink at Hampton Court Palace. King Henry VIII used to live in that grand home in the 1500s. London has another rink outside of Somerset House, an art gallery in a beautiful building. The rink gets festive with a big tree, colorful lights, and DJs playing music!

Austria takes ice skating to another level with Vienna Ice Dream. That rink lets skaters scoot on two stories connected by ramps outside of Vienna’s city hall. There are also ice paths that wind through a park, connecting several bigger rinks.

Other special skating spots are made by nature instead of people. Lakes, rivers, and can freeze in cold weather. If the ice gets thick enough, it can be safe for people to skate on! Russia’s Lake Baikal is the oldest and deepest lake in the world. Sometimes, its ice is clear enough to see through as skaters zip around!

In Canada, people can go on Lake Louise in Banff National Park. That body of water is usually famous for being blue, but in winter, it gets icy. Visitors can even see sculptures carved from ice out on the lake! There’s another unique skating spot in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. The Rideau Canal freezes over in winter to create the world’s largest skating rink! The Rideau Canal Skateway stretches to about 4.8 miles (7.8 km) long and goes right through the city.

When Jill Biden opened the White House rink, she thought of frozen canals from her own childhood. “What was normally an ordinary town and an ordinary bridge into a bright, sparkling landscape,” she said. “Just glittering as if it were covered in magic.”

Will you experience the magic of the ice?

Updated December 5, 2023, 5:03 P.M. (ET)
By Ashley Morgan

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