Getting your ice and snow fix in and around Atlanta
Park Tavern has had a tented ice rink overlooking Piedmont Park for 11 years. The 85 feet long and 40 feet has a great ice rink found thanks to a large audience. âEveryone gets the joy of skating,â says Paul Smith, who, along with his wife Angela, has owned Park Tavern for 25 years. âWe get a lot of smaller kids and for the younger ones it’s the experience of learning something new and getting good. Here is the challenge. Ice skating can be difficult at first and then it becomes second nature â.
The core group of skaters are in their 20s, but Smith said there are more than a few people who collect Social Security to practice their spins and double axels. Adding to the fun is that the restaurant has two fireplaces, three fireplaces and several holiday drink specials.
This is the second year that the rink’s theme has been ‘A Miracle on 10th Street’ with an abundance of festive and kitschy backdrops, with 10 distinct decorated areas for taking vacation selfies with friends.
The Rooftop at Ponce features a 3,500 square foot ice rink, where skaters can enjoy 50 minutes on the ice as well as unlimited play at Skyline Park. Skaters will enjoy one of the best skyline views in the city as they whirl around the ice rink.
East of Atlanta, there are two family-friendly outdoor rinks called Ice Days Covington and Ice Days at Olde Town Conyers. The Conyers Ice Rink opened about 23 years ago and Jim Gomez took it over nine years ago. âIt became a holiday stable at Olde Town Conyers,â he says. âYou see the same families coming and watching the kids grow up. It’s a holiday tradition. The Covington Ice Rink opened five years ago.
âI’m from California and have never skated on an outdoor rink, but I played hockey. Ice skating and hockey were two of my favorite things to do growing up, âhe says. âI have never been on an outside pond like so many North East transplants. We get a lot of feedback from people saying they never thought of skating outside again. Skating outdoors is fun and a unique experience that you can’t get anywhere else.
For those youngsters who don’t want to put on the skates, head over to the Fernbank Museum for the Ring Skating Sock. Children only wear socks as they slide around the slippery “ice”. A tip on the inside is that fuzzy polyester socks give the best slide while cotton socks are the least slippery.
For the second year now, Stone Mountain Park has canceled its Snow Christmas, but Margaritaville Resorts at Lanier Islands offers a variety of winter fun, including snow tubing on Blizzard Mountain, with one of America’s longest snow runs. North for a length of 575 feet, 8- story snow slide. In addition to ice skating, Snowball Alley offers the option of having a good old-fashioned snowball fight or making snow angels in the show.
Here are some of the outdoor places to get a winter buzz.
Holiday ice rinks
Avalon on Ice. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 am to 10 pm Saturdays and holidays; Sunday noon-7 p.m. $ 18 (includes skates); 9 years old and under, $ 14. Reservations suggested. 400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta. 770-765-2000, experienceavalon.com.
The Pepsi-powered ice rink at the Park Tavern. 4: 30-8 a.m. Monday to Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 8:30 p.m. to midnight (16 years old and over) Sunday Saturday. $ 15 from Monday to Thursday; $ 20 Friday, Saturday, Sunday. 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-249-0001, parktavern.com/ice-rink.
The roof at Ponce City Market. 3-10 am Monday to Wednesday; 3 p.m. to midnight Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays; 11 am-10pm Sunday. $ 15, plus rooftop admission, for 50 minutes of skating, skate rentals, and unlimited gameplay at Skyline Park. 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta. 770-999-1530, poncecityroof.com.
Ice rink sock. Fernbank Museum. 10 am to 5 pm Free with general admission ($ 18- $ 20). 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta. 404-929-6300, fernbankmuseum.org.
Skate the station. Atlantic station. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday; 11 am-11pm Saturday; Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. $ 15 (includes skate rental); season pass $ 60. 1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-410-4010, atlanticstation.com.
Old town on ice. $ 13 (includes skates). Various times. 949 S. Main St., Conyers. 678-374-7655, icedays.com.
Ice days at Legion Field. $ 13 (includes skates). Various times. 3173 Mill Street, Covington. 678-374-7655, icedays.com.
Have a good day. Various hours. $ 10; $ 8, 8 years old and under. skate rental $ 4.5039 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill, 770-554-7506, haidrink.com.
Ice rinks open all year round
Atlanta Ice House. 6 am-11pm, Monday to Sunday. $ 11; $ 8 under 10 and military; Skate rental at $ 4. 2600 ruelle du Prado, Marietta. 404-800-2150, atlantaicehouse.com.
Ice. 10.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m. Friday; 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Two-hour public skating: ages 3 to 5, $ 5; 6-10 years old, $ 7; 11 years and over, $ 9; 55 and over (including skate rental), $ 11. Skate rental, $ 4. 1345 Atlanta Highway, Cumming. 678-845-0103, theice.info.
Skating center. Various times. $ 10; 5 years and under, $ 7; 3 years and under free. Skate rental, $ 5. 5750 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-549-8425, centericearena.org.
Atlanta Ice Forum. Various times. $ 12; 5 years and under, $ 6. Skate rental, $ 6. 2300, boulevard Satellite, Duluth. 770-813-1010, iceforum.com.
The cooler. 11 am-12.45pm Monday and Wednesday; 11 a.m.-12.45 p.m. and 3.15 p.m.-5.15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.-10:15 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m.-3 p.m., 3:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.-10:15 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. $ 10 (does not include skates). 10800 Davis Drive, Alpharetta. 770-649-6600, coolerathletics.com.
Chill Snow Island permit. Margaritaville in the Lanier Islands. Various hours. Starts at $ 34.99. 7650 Islands Parkway Lanier, Buford. 470-323-3440, mararitavillaresorts.com/margaritaville-at-lanier-islands.com.