As most people visiting Tampa already know, Florida is known as the Sunshine State. Almost all year round the temperatures are friendly, even during the winter months. Snow and ice are not something Floridians deal with on a regular basis. Once in a blue moon, the white crystal snowflakes have fallen from the sky turning the landscape into a sea of snow instead of sand.
With all that said, there’s nothing preventing you from enjoying the freedom of outdoor ice-skating in downtown Tampa. That’s right; the cool, refreshing, clear covering of ice on a skating rink is available as this article is being written.
The skating venue is located at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park at 600 N. Ashley Drive with convenient parking at the William F. Poe Garage at 800 N. Ashley Dr.
Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday from 4pm – 9pm, Friday from 4pm – 10pm, and over the weekend from 10am – 10pm on Saturday, and noon – 9pm on Sunday.
Through January 4, 2015, Tampa’s Downtown on Ice is offering 90 minutes of ice-skating for all experience levels and all ages. And best of all, rental skates are included in the $10 admission fee and no reservations are required.
So, whether you live in Tampa and have never been on an ice-skating rink in your life, or you’re vacationing in the city and missing out on snow drifts, iced ponds, and skating extravaganzas in your home town up north, make plans to get your “skate on” before the ice melts downtown.
With the cool temperatures in the early and late evening hours, this is an opportunity to don your winter scarves, put on a pair of gloves, lace up your skates and glide across the virtual frozen tundra awaiting you in downtown Tampa.