At Iceland Sports Complex, skaters carve their mark into the frosty canvases of two full-size rinks. Friday–Saturday, the partner rinks welcome the public for open skates and partygoers for birthday bashes in a private room, but they reserve remaining hours for Louisville Skating Academy and the Louisville Stallions Hockey Club. Instructors at the skating academy help pupils of all ages and abilities reach their goals, whether they be mastering the chops and disregard for traffic laws necessary to achieve stardom as a competitor, or simply forming a perfect figure eight on the ice. The hockey club also caters to athletes at different levels with free learn-to-skate lessons for the hockey novice and spirited leagues for more competitive players. With a pro shop, snack area, and video-game arcade onsite, the sports complex boasts all of the assets necessary to keep spectators' morale high.
Alpine Ice Arena grants blade-borne guests from well-padded tots to aspiring pros a friction-free winter haven. Stands hold up to 500 spectators while a snack bar warms their bellies with hot dogs, hot cocoa, and other delectable treats. Staff in the pro shop or figure- and hockey-skating lessons arm gliders with gear, grace, and grit. Spectators dropping by the arena might cross tracks with Kentucky's first adult skating team, Moms on Ice, synchronized ice dancers The Belles, or wistful zambonis donning sequins during downtime.
Across 22,000 square feet of Blazer's Fun Zone, visitors of all ages can find something to smile about, whether it's rock climbing or playing an arcade game. The various attractions work up an appetite for snacks, which can be found at Sweet B's Frozen Yogurt onsite, or at the snack bar, where the staff slings pizzas, hot dogs, burgers, and drinks.
Despite the changing seasons, Lexington Ice Center holds strong as an unflappable polestar for family-friendly recreation. In the summer, each of three 18-hole mini-golf courses features a different Biblical theme, placing obstacles such as Noah's ark amid a landscape of streams and waterfalls. An indoor ice rink helps skaters escape the blizzards of candy canes and stinging tinsel that plague the winter months; coaches lead beginner lessons, and crowds hit the ice for public skating sessions. After detaching the skate blades from their tennis shoes, visitors can head to the center's three full indoor courts to practice basketball or soccer, or simply sit and ponder the flavors of Gatorade that have once graced their hallowed floors.
Skate World offers a family-friendly venue for active adults and equally restless kids to spend a day swiftly circling a smooth, polished rink. Speedy swivelers can strap on their choice of regular, speed, or inline skates, and take the floor with siblings, friends, or first dates, wondering whether or not to quote Xanadu. Post-skate, tired gliders can rest weary feet and refuel internal engines with a slice of pizza and cold drink from the snack bar. A healthy form of exercise for all ages, roller-skating can help languid loafers get back on their feet and remind them what it feels like to wear shoes again.