Ice skating is a fun activity to do with friends, family or even by yourself – especially during the winter months. Around Dayton there are several ice-skating rinks that people can go to, each varying in price and hours.
Kettering Ice Arena
The Kettering Ice Arena is located inside the Kettering Recreation Complex and offers adult skate and open skate several days of the week. Adult skate occurs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-10 a.m. Open skates are Fridays 3-5 p.m., Saturdays 8-10 p.m. and Sundays 1-3 p.m. Prices for skating are $4.25 for Kettering Residents and $8.50 for nonresidents. You can rent a pair of skates for an additional three dollars if you do not have your own.
This ice-skating rink is decent in size and even has space marked off for those who are skilled ice skaters performing routines and moves. However, it does get crowded for the Saturday night open skate. A pro-tip for visiting this rink would be to arrive 10-15 minutes before 8 p.m. to avoid a line at the door.
MetroParks Ice Rink
The MetroParks Ice Rink is an outdoor skating rink in Dayton and it has hours that vary throughout the season. On most days, the rink is open from 2:30-8 p.m., but the exact times can be looked up
on their website. The pricing for ice skating is $5 a day and $2 to rent skates. This ice-skating rink is a popular attraction during the winter months and can get quite busy, so for those who have never skated before and may fall frequently, it may be best to practice at a different rink before giving this one a try.
For those who enjoy ice skating, this rink is a must-try due to the outdoor atmosphere and views of the city. It is relatively cheap compared to other places. Just remember to dress warm!
This ice rink is located in Springfield, Ohio and is open to the public for ice skating daily. The prices for this rink vary depending on the time you go, with the cheapest price being $4 and the most expensive being $10. The skate rental is an additional $3. One nice part about this rink is that they offer family pricing at $28 for two adults and two students.
This ice-skating rink is not as busy as the Kettering Ice Arena and MetroPark but it is used primarily for hockey so it does not have the atmosphere that the others provide. Another downside to the NTPRD is the distance from campus, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the Springfield area.