Ice Skating in Tampa – Tampa, FL

Tampa has an outdoor ice skating rink this year!

What: Tampa’s Downtown on Ice
When: November 19, 2010 – January 2, 2011
Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 8 pm
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday from Noon – 8 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day, November 26 – CLOSED
Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25 – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park, 700 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL 33606
Cost: $10 per person for 90 minute skate (skates included)


Ice skating rink from the front

So we went! We took the five youngest kids (although Dee was too young to skate — smallest skate size available is a youth 8, and she wears about a 6).

The children had a blast! It was their first time skating. Cricket skated like an old pro. Rey, not so much. He was the most entertaining. I wish the rink wouldn’t have been so crowded so I could have gotten a video of him. (Note, to avoid crowds, either avoid weekend nights altogether, or go EARLY. We arrived at around 6:30 on Friday evening and got in pretty quickly, but by the time we left at around 8 there was a long line at the entrance.)


Rey, Boo, Curly-Top, & Cricket, ready to hit the ice


I love the look on Curly-Top’s face here. :)


Rey, the wall-hugger




The ice rink from the back, in beautiful Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park


A view from inside the rink, with the Henry B. Plant Museum in the background


Lighted palms in front of the ice rink



Fountains in front of the ice rink. Tampa is such a beautiful city!


  1. says

    My late grandmother used to live in St Pete… don’t think I ever made it through Tampa even though I visited her several times!

    Looks lovely, & fun!


    Janne Reply:

    Did you ever have a chance to stroll around downtown St. Pete? Another beautiful area. When we first moved down here we lived in a 1912 bungalow in the Old Northeast area. It was gorgeous — with the original pine floors, built-ins, clawfoot bathtub, and even the original wavy glass in the doors and windows. I would still be there if the owner hadn’t put it up for sale.


  2. says

    If I did I don’t recall now; was so long ago (bc, before children) & lost brain cells with every pg… !

    That does sound gorgeous!

    How is the air quality etc there since the gulf? It seems forgotten in the news but then I hear of folks getting sick, etc, so tough to know from where we are what the truth is.


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