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Skate in a Winter Wonderland Part 2: Indoor Ice Skating Rinks

The weather is very cold outside and as much as you and your family want to go ice skating the frigid breeze keeps one from going to many outdoor skating rinks. Luckily, there are plenty ...

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Sledding and skiing are common winter activities that many people think of doing this time of year. Additionally, winter would be nothing without ice skating! As romantic and whimsical as ice skating outside, the frigid breezes can be a bit too much to handle. Luckily, Long Island has many great indoor ice skating opportunities.
What is great about these indoor ice rinks are that they are open all year for your enjoyment. Many rinks offer skate rental and lessons for those who do not know how. Many of the indoor rinks also offer recreational hockey teams or league to participate in. Additionally, ice skating events go on all year, including family night and adult night.
So check out one of the indoor rinks this winter!

​What are some of your favorite winter activities? Tell us all about it in the comments below!