Northland Ice Skating
When skaters of all ages aren't perfecting figure eights on its NHL-size rink during public-skating hours, Northland Ice Center plays host to the Cincinnati Cyclones' practice squad, uniting amateurs and pros on its flat, frozen playground. Open year-round since 1973, the frosty arena also sets the stage for skating and hockey lessons, during which instructors impart their skills according to a curriculum formulated by U.S. Figure Skating. Athletes slap pucks and hot potatoes to teammates in youth and adult hockey leagues, and friends and families feast on pizza and cake in private party rooms before taking to the ice.
With a snack bar refueling legs and a pro shop sharpening blades to razor edges next to the ice, outings can stretch on into the evening or until a triple axle gone awry slices the zamboni's power cord.