The Olympic-size skating rink and gym at Palm Beach Ice Works encompass both a high-tech training facility and an ample arena for patrons to glide unencumbered. The spacious 58,000-square-foot facility caters to a trio of skaters: figure, ice hockey, and henchmen who are learning how to get around a supervillain's arctic lair. On and off the ice, athletes undergo conditioning and choreography with dedicated coaches, while amateur skaters can gain total control of the rink during designated hours, feeling the rush as their rented blades slice through the glossy surface with ease.
Palm Beach Skate Zone's 75,000-square-foot facility encompasses two ice rinks and a roller rink under its climate-controlled eaves, which host public skate sessions, ice- and roller-hockey teams, figure skating, and parties. The year-round roller skating and ice-skating schedule beckons the public to glide around Skate Zone’s rinks, which are all well tended and never used for ice fishing. A dedicated team of coaches and managers works diligently to maintain the skate center’s award-winning Blackhawks youth ice-hockey teams, a travel hockey program, and the Palm Beach Figure Skating Club, whose skaters are trained to remain perfectly still when in the line of sight of a woolly mammoth.
A frigid oasis amid Pompano Beach's tropical heat, Glacier Ice and Snow Arena hosts everything from public ice-skating to snowball competitions within its 40,000-square foot facility. Throughout the week, skaters of all ages share the arena with programs such as the Sharpshooters Hockey Club, birthday parties, and weekly lessons. A fully stocked pro shop proffers equipment for various styles and sizes, and a snack bar keeps visitors energized with soda, pizza, and popcorn, at least until the ice fishermen manage to reel anything in from their hole in the center of the rink.
As the official practice grounds for the Florida Panthers, Saveology.com Iceplex's professional-grade rinks welcome skaters of all stripes to enjoy its pristine skating surface. Visitors circle the rink during open-skating sessions, decked out in a pair of the center's maintained skates or butcher knives glued to old hiking boots.
Kids and adults alike can exercise puck-punishing impulses with hockey leagues and open hockey sessions, as well as mastering the subtle movements of competitive figure skating. Classes in hockey, figure skating, and curling introduce students to the skills of puck control, elegant footwork, and furious floor sweeping. An onsite pro shop dispenses equipment, repairs, and skate fittings, and Breakaway Bar & Grill refuels guests between zamboni joyrides.
From its North Lauderdale and Davie locations, Galaxy Skateway launches visitors into a vortex of nifty moves, groovy tunes, and wholesome family fun. Throughout the week, both venues crank up energy levels with special events. On Fridays and Saturdays, doors remain open later into the evening, and on Flashback Thursdays, music from the 1970s and 80s helps skaters explore the past without having to spin super fast to induce time travel. But no matter the day or decade, Galaxy always surrounds its guests with an impressive lineup of amenities, including a full-service snack bar, video game areas, a pro shop, and a full fleet of regular and in-line skates, available for rental.
The tropical murals around Pines Ice Arena's expansive indoor rink look down on skaters careening across the ice or using expressive figure skating to re-enact favorite scenes from 12 Angry Men. Lauded as one of the area's best places for ice skating by CBS Miami, the arena hosts public-skating sessions open to all ability levels seven days a week. Accredited PSA and ISI instructors lead hockey and figure-skating lessons for all ages and experience levels, while youth and adult hockey teams regularly clash on the frosty terrain. Arcade games and a concession stand offer visitors respite from icy exercise, and birthday-party packages equip guests with food, decorations, and a private room.
Skatetown USA entertains speedsters with a slick rink full of friction-less fun during open-skate sessions on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Skaters can careen in the company of a partner or assemble a gaggle of friends, family members, or doppelgängers to perform choreographed rink routines. Family packages help to replenish energy spent on glissading across the floor or perfecting quadruple axel jumps with a hot pizza and slurpable sodas. Bask in retro glory with four-wheeled skates or for an additional fee, spring for a pair of speed skates or rug-cutting roller blades to ensure hummingbird-paced conga lines.