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Connecticut Ice Rinks: Strap on Your Skates and Glide

December 31, 2011 9:00 AM

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By Dani Frank

Ice skating is a fun sport which doesn’t require too much talent to enjoy. Skating looks graceful when taken on by the pro’s – but it can make the most athletic of us feel clumsy! However, once you overcome the embarrassing thought of landing on your butt and complete your first loop around the rink – you just may be hooked on a new winter pastime. The thrill of the cool ice and the constant fear of falling make skating a great date activity; built-in excuse to hold hands, anyone? These rinks will let you live out your Michelle Kwan dreams of ice dancing, or enjoy a slow trip around the ice, clinging to your partner’s hand for dear life. Lace up and get skating!

wonderland of ice Connecticut Ice Rinks: Strap on Your Skates and Glide

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Wonderland of Ice
123 Glenwood Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06606
(203) 576-8110
Freestyle Skate Hours: Mon 6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m.; Tues 2:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.; Thurs 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri 2:45 p.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
http://www.wonderlandofice.com/

Bridgeport’s ice skating arena is easily accessible off of the Merritt, and is helpful in accommodating all levels of skaters. If you’re interested in a free skate, to pull a triple axel or trip over your own two feet at your own fault, come to freestyle skate. For only $20 per person, enjoy an hour of ice time, whether skating above it or falling on it. If you want to pick up a new skill with your sweetheart, consider signing up for the adult ice skating class. Take five consecutive classes for $99 and you’ll be skating circles around the competition.

milford ice pavillion Connecticut Ice Rinks: Strap on Your Skates and Glide

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Milford Ice Pavilion
291 Bic Drive
Milford, CT 06461
(203) 878-6516
Freestyle Skate Hours: Mon to Sat 11:15 a.m.- 12:45 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
http://milfordice.com/index.html

For only $7 entry fee, skates included no matter the age of the skater, and with skates included, Milford Ice Pavilion’s prices leave enough money in your pocket to try their tasty Chocolate Chip Supremes. Biting into the warm chocolate chip cookie topped with whipped cream and a cherry will surely be satisfying, but not as much as twirling atop the ice, made possible after a Learn to Skate session. The affordable instructional program takes place for eight weeks, dividing up skaters by ability level and allowing skaters of all ages to learn some new skills. Programs run all year long and cost $125.

ice skating thinkstock Connecticut Ice Rinks: Strap on Your Skates and Glide

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Champions Skating Center
6 Progress Drive
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 632-0323
Freestyle Skate Hours: Mon to Fri 12 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
http://www.championsskatingcenter.com/index.php

Cromwell’s Champions Skating Center houses the Hartford Junior Wolf Pack, Connecticut Whalers and more; you’re in good company whilst skating around the center! The Champions Skating Center will make you feel like a champ by the end of your skate session, even if only for being savvy with your singles. Pay only $3 for skate rental, with skates free on weekdays; consider it the perfect afternoon activity to enjoy with the kids during winter break from school. Lessons are also available, with a discount for families attempting the lessons together. A seven-week session costs $125, but an increasing daily discount will be offered for families of three or more participants.

ice skating rink thinkstock1 Connecticut Ice Rinks: Strap on Your Skates and Glide

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Danbury Ice Arena
One Independence Way,
Danbury, CT
(203) 794-1704
Freestyle Skate Hours: on 3:20 p.m. -5:20 p.m.; Tues 4:20 p.m.-6:20 p.m.; Wed, Thurs 2:50 p.m.-3:50 p.m.  Fri 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
http://www.danburyice.com/

Hockey, figure skating and speed skating, Danbury Ice Arena offers it all for your ice skating pleasure. An hour of walk-on free skating is $17, but the best deal at the arena is the Lunch Hour $4 skating session, available on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. From landing a jump to spinning in a circle, intentionally, of course, the value card will give you the most ice for your money. Enjoy 10 public skating sessions for only $58 for adults and $50 for kids with Danbury Ice Arena’s value card, saving $10 to $12 for you and the kids. Lessons are offered on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, beginning at $119 for an eight-week long adult session.

Dani Frank is a fashion, travel and culture enthusiast and writer living in Easton, Connecticut. A recent graduate of Hofstra University, she is most happy when traversing the East Coast and beyond and documenting it all for curious readers. Read her further work at http://offmanhattan.com/author/danielle-frank/

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