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)

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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.)

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

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

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Rey, the wall-hugger

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Cricket

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

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

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Lighted palms in front of the ice rink

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

Comments

  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!

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    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.

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  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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