Years ago Clevelanders twirled and laughed across lagoons and lakes. Today it's polymer surfaces and man-made ice, but the feelings haven't changed. "People light up when they are on the ice," says Mallory Daney, skate instructor for Halloran Park. "It's like all of their problems fall away."
UNIVERSITY CIRCLE, WADE PARK OVAL
This rink offers something different with its polymer surface. "It's a soft surface that buffers your fall, so it's great for new skaters, and since it's a plastic byproduct, you won't freeze if you do," says Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc. Open through Feb. 1. 1981 Ford Drive, 216-791-3900, universitycircle.org
CUYAHOGA FALLS ICE RINK
Guys, take note: This downtown rink is located along the Cuyahoga River and is a very romantic setting perfect for a first date, says Jennifer Syx, deputy director of development for Cuyahoga Falls. "There's a reason we've had so many proposals here." Open through Feb. 21. 2025 Riverfront Parkway, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-971-8135, cityofcf.com
It's a good thing this is Ohio's largest outdoor ice skating rink, because you're going to need all 10,000-square-feet to work off the Chowder House Café's extensive menu. "Who doesn't love delicious food after any exercise?" says marketing director Maria Nagel. Open through Jan. 31. 200 S. Main St., Akron, lock3live.com
This rink offers free ice skating lessons to anyone who wants to learn. "The snow-covered trees and the fresh air creates a winter wonderland feel while you skate," says park director Michael Cox. Open through April 16. 3550 W. 117th St., 216-664-4187, cityofclevelandrecreation.oh.us.