Ice skating’s wintertime popularity is rivaled only by bobsledding and assembling torches with which to battle malevolent snowmen. Skate in the safety of the indoors with today's Groupon: for $16, you get a five-punch card for any open skate (a $25 value) and skate rental (included on weekdays, $2 on weekends) at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena (up to a $35 total value). Children younger than 3 are admitted for free.
Also home to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, the Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club, and the Cedar Rapids Hockey Association, Cedar Rapids Ice Arena provides ample space for blade wielders to glide across frozen ground during open-skate sessions. Public open skate allows gold-medal-seeking ice masters to practice triple axels, camel spins, and quintuple belly flops while less-experienced gliders focus on basic principles, such as staying upright and gracefully colliding with the wall. This deal includes skate rental for those who do not own skates or who were born with feet instead of leg-blades. The ice rink offers public skating throughout the year, with times easily found by viewing the online schedule.