Ice Breaker

The 7 Coolest Ice Rinks in Houston

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

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

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The ICE at Discovery Green

Despite those lukewarm Houston temperatures, it’s getting to be chilly season—which means it’s time for activities to get you in the holiday mood. Luckily for you, Houston has some of the best local skate rinks for your enjoyment, and what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than whizzing by your family and friends on the ice? We’ve picked out seven of our favorite Houston-area ice skating rinks so that you can embrace the changing seasons, skates-first. So lace up and try not to fall as you hit the rink!  

Ice at the Galleria

Galleria | Admission is $25 per person, skate rental included

Tackle your holiday gift list, then take on the ice at this one-stop shop. Bring a friend and skate around the enormous, magical Christmas tree that sits at the center of the roller rink at the Galleria. 

Moody Gardens

Galveston | Festival admission is $25, skate rental is separate

After gazing at the park’s million twinklers at the annual Festival of Lights (through January 7), take an ice break and spin around Galveston’s only indoor rink. 

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center

The Woodlands | Admission is $10–13

The new 21,000 square-foot facility freezes over with a beautifully decorated rink, delighting both the young and the young-at-heart. 

The ICE at Discovery Green

Discovery Green | General admission $17, skate rental included

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. 

Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex

Willowbrook | General admission is $11, skate rental is $5

Whether you want to learn to skate, go figure skating, or just freestyle on the ice, Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex is the place to go. With Nutcracker On Ice performances slated for early December, this skate rink is the ideal place to catch a holiday show. 

Ice Skate Memorial City

Memorial City | Admission is $15  

Ice Skate Memorial City has a wide variety of activities that they host, including birthday patties, skating lessons, hockey leagues, and more. Conveniently located in Memorial City Mall, this skate rink is close to a food court and all of the mall’s restaurants. 

Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center

Sugar Land | Admission starts at $12, skate rental included

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 (December 10–11).

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