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Skate in a Winter Wonderland: Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Open for 2013

Now that the weather is cold enough, Long Islanders can enjoy the outdoor skating rinks on the island.

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Everyone would love to skate under the tree in Rockefeller Center in New York City, however, lines can be very long and the commute can be troublesome this time of year. Luckily, Long Island has many outdoor ice rinks that will be open to the public this winter, so you do not have to go far to enjoy a day of ice skating!

Most outdoor rinks are seasonal due to the fact that an ice rink will have a more difficult time lasting over the summer - New York's cold winter temperatures make for the perfect environment for an outdoor rink. Although indoor rinks are also on Long Island, there is something special about taking the family or a date out to enjoy skating outdoors during the holiday season, which is why we've got the scoop for you on where to go!

Get your skates laced up, and get ready to get on the ice, and check out one of the various outdoor ice rinks!

Where do you like to skate outdoors? What's your fondest skating memory?
Tell us in the comments below!