Find the best spots to ice skate in Seattle.

The Seattle area has already received more snowfall this year than usual. Winterfest at the Seattle Center has wrapped up for the season. In spite of this, and regardless of whether the Puget Sound continues its winter wonderland sort of year, you can create seasonal memories ice skating in Seattle at one of these indoor rinks.

Highland Ice Arena

Highland Ice Arena has been a popular place to learn to ice skate and hone ice skating skills for 55 years. Affordable group rates and free skating for children celebrating birthdays at Highland make it a top birthday party venue. The Shoreline arena is a 25-minute drive from the Ballard apartments at AMLI Mark24 and AMLI at Bellevue Park.

Kent Valley Ice Centre

Home of the Kent Valley Hockey Association, this huge recreational complex is home to an indoor ice rink and pro shop, mini-golf course, batting cages, and video game arcade. Ice skating lessons and hockey training are also on offer here. It’s also one of the best places in the Puget Sound region to acquire or upgrade ice skating and hockey equipment. Kent Valley Ice Centre is a half-hour drive from AMLI’s South Lake Union apartments.

Lynnwood Ice Center

For more than three decades, this north Seattle complex has provided space and training for ice skaters in the Puget Sound region. Lynwood Ice Center hosts daily public skate sessions, private and group lessons, and a range of ice hockey services. It’s a half-hour drive from AMLI’s Ballard and Bellevue apartments.

OlympicView Arena

OlympicView’s ice skating facilities are used exclusively for ice sports training, but its world-class pro shop is accessible to all. If you’re looking for a pair of skates or ice sports gear, check out the selection at this Mountain Terrace shop. If you don’t figure skate or play competitive ice hockey but are interested in a Seattle Skating Club (SSC) membership, you can learn to skate or attend public skate sessions at membership rates at nearby Lynnwood Ice Center.

Sno-King Ice Arenas

Formerly known as Castle Ice Arena, Sno-King’s Renton Highlands location has a regulation-size ice rink and a half-size rink. This is one of the most affordable rinks in the area, especially for frequent skaters who purchase 20-session punch cards. Public skate sessions are held seven days a week at Sno-King’s Renton Highlands and Kirkland locations.

Sprinker Recreation Center

Operated by Pierce County’s Parks and Recreation department, Sprinker Recreation Center hosts public skate sessions on its regulation-size Tacoma rink. It is one of 22 ice skating rinks in the country to receive an “Excellence on Ice” distinction from Professional Skaters Association International.

 


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