By Trent Jonas
Whether it’s Learn-To-Skate programs or stick time, the local rinks in Arkansas and right across the border in neighboring states have plenty of opportunity to hone your skills. When winter rolls around, nothing is quite like putting on a pair of skates and hitting the ice. Here are the best ice skating rinks in and around Arkansas.
Hit the ice rink at Arkansas Skatium, and you’ll feel more like you’re in Regina than in Little Rock. They offer broomball, hockey, figure skating, and of course, public free skating. You can also take ice skating lessons and learn to play hockey at the Skatium.
From November to January, folks in the Bentonville area can find ice at Lawrence Plaza. The Rink offers skate rental and special events like “Frosty Flix,” where you can enjoy a movie after skating. Group and private ice skating lessons are also available while the Rink is open.
When you think of Arkansas, you probably don’t think about the sport of curling—unless you’re a frequent visitor to the Jones Center, where you can learn and compete on the ice. But you don’t have to curl to enjoy the Ice Arena, you can skate, figure skate, or take lessons to learn how.
If you live in southeast Arkansas and are itchin’ to put on the skates, head across the river to the Mid-South Ice House in Olive Branch, Mississippi. This year-round facility is an NHL-size rink that’s home to a skating and open to public skating. It’s a great place to practice your figure skating or hockey moves, as well.
Folks in Fayetteville have another ice skating option if they make the quick trip to Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The Snowflake Ice Rink is 7,000 square-feet of ice that’s open to the public from November until January. The rink is also the centerpiece of the annual Snowflake Winter Festival in downtown Tahlequah.
Skaters in North Central Arkansas can head across the border and hit the ice year-round at Jordan Valley Ice Park in Springfield, Missouri. You can take lessons, figure skate, or simply enjoy skating around the ice during public skate times at this indoor arena.
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