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Guide To Ice Skating In The Atlanta Area

November 10, 2012 6:00 AM

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iceskating Guide To Ice Skating In The Atlanta Area

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If looking for the perfect winter memory, look no further than ice skating. Whether you are looking for an activity for the entire family, a date night or an amazing holiday fun day with the kids, ice skating just cannot be beat. Ice skating is wonderful for both reliving childhood memories and creating new ones. Those who enjoy ice skating are lucky enough to soak up a true winter wonderland experience!

Where:

Centennial Park Ice Rink
265 Park Avenue W. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 223-4412
www.centennialpark.com

Although Atlanta residents may be in the south, they can still enjoying skating this winter at an ice rink right in the heart of the city. This public outdoor rink is very popular and has been around many seasons. The rink is open daily during the season and also on holidays. If you have been holiday shopping or just need to store your shoes, the rink has lockers available to contain your items while you are gliding on the ice. When entertaining company during the holidays, this event is a must. 

The Astor Holiday Ice Skating Rink
88 W. Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 563-7797
www.stregisatlanta.com/Astor-Holiday-Ice-Rink

For those that wish to glide in style, a visit to The Astor Holiday Ice Skating Rink will be their cup of tea, or hot chocolate as the season provides. Sophisticated treats are available to purchase like s’mores made of homemade marshmallows and holiday-inspired toasty cocktails. This rink is located within the St. Regis Atlanta hotel, so be sure to plan for parking expenses. While there, check out a life-size gingerbread house in the lobby. Enjoy floating here on the ice under twinkling lights with both holiday melodies and memories afloat in the crisp air.

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Ritz Carlton Lodge Ice Skating Rink
1 Lake Oconee Trail
Greensboro, GA 30642
(706) 467-0600
www.ritzcarlton.com

For those that want to skate not on an ice-covered lake but near one, they can enjoy the ice skating rink at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, by venturing a little outside of the city. Whisk yourself away from the city with all of its hustle and bustle to slow down for a southern winter holiday. Ice skating on this rink really feels like a reason to celebrate the season. Georgia’s Lake Country is the perfect backdrop behind this amazing ice skating pavilion. Stay toasty by sipping a little hot cocoa and toasting some delicious marshmallows.

Lodging:

The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta
181 Peachtree St., N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 659-0400
www.ritzcarlton.com

Just steps from Centennial Park, you will find The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. The Ritz-Carlton has packages that embrace the ice skating holiday experience. Reserve the “Holiday Dreams” overnight package. Included with this package are overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, ice skating and skate rental for two at Centennial Park. It also includes tickets to the World of Coca-Cola and overnight valet parking. With all the extras included, it is almost like getting the room for free. While you are there, enjoy the beautifully decorated lobby, which includes complimentary hot chocolate and seasonal treats during the day. These are the perfect perks to warm you up after coming off the ice.

The St. Regis Atlanta
88 W. Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 563-7900
www.stregisatlanta.com

The perfect place to rest your weary ice skating head is at the St. Regis Atlanta. Packages here include accommodation and ice skating (normally $30 per person) along with hot cocoa, s’mores and valet parking. The Astor family inspired this rink. They first had one at the St. Regis New York in 1904. This distinguished family cherished all the memories they created in New York and decided to add one to Atlanta. Create memories for you family here too.

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The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation 
1 Lake Oconee Trail
Greensboro, GA 30642
(706) 467-0600
www.ritzcarltonlodge.com

Fire and ice is what a night at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation includes with a turn on the ice and a roaring bonfire to get those marshmallows just right. The hotel’s “Fire and Ice” package includes unlimited ice skating, a special s’mores turndown in your resort-view room, $100 resort credit to use at one of its amazing restaurants and valet parking. Included at no extra cost are amazing memories from gliding on a 6,000-square-foot spectacular lakeside ice skating rink.

Ava Roxanne Stritt is a travel writer and blogger from Atlanta with more than 20,000 Twitter followers. She is a luxury hospitality, spa and skincare industry consultant, as well as a writer, financial analyst, and a wife and mother. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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