Ice Breaker

The 5 Coolest Ice Rinks in Houston

Who cares if it's 70 degrees outside? Lace up!

By Jeanne Lyons Davis Published in the December 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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The ICE at Discovery Green

Ice at the Galleria

Tackle your holiday gift list, then take on the ice at this one-stop shop. Christmas carols aren’t your beat? At Ice Jamz, running Friday and Saturday evenings through December, the soundtrack is less “Jingle Bells,” more Beyoncé. Admission $4–11; skate rental $4. 5015 Westheimer Rd. 713-621-1500.

Moody Gardens

After gazing at the park’s million twinklers at the annual Festival of Lights (thru Jan 8), take an ice break and spin around Galveston’s only indoor rink. Festival admission $10.95; skate rental $7 (free evenings after 6). One Hope Blvd. 800-582-4673.

Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center

This suburban winter wonderland, already a hit with area residents, is well worth the glide to the southwest side for everyone else. Prefer spectating to skating? Don’t miss Nutcracker on Ice (Dec 10–11). Admission $10 for 2 hrs, includes skates; performance $18–30. 16225 Lexington Blvd. 281-265-7465.

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center

The new 21,000 square-foot facility freezes over with a beautifully decorated rink, delighting both the young and the young-at-heart. Admission $5–12.50. 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-419-5630.

The ICE at Discovery Green

The largest outdoor skating arena in the Southwest—7,716 square feet!—freezes recycled water from the downtown park’s Kinder Lake. Tykes can visit the Ice Box, a special rink for skaters 4 and under. Admission $14, includes skates. 1500 McKinney St. 713-434-7465.

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