Ice is nothing more than water that won’t let people swim in it. Teach stubborn liquid a lesson with today’s Groupon to The Ice at Discovery Green. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get admission to the rink and skate rental for two (a $20 total value).
- For $20, you get admission to the rink and skate rental for four (a $40 total value).
The 7,200-square-foot open-air ice skating rink at Discovery Green surrounds surface-skimmers with walls of whimsical, colorful art glass, as festive music fills the frosty atmosphere. Budding Boitanos practice their axels during public hours, held through January 22, 2012, while wearing rental skates or their best pair of bladed high heels. The rink also outfits unsteady wee ones with double-runner lace-up skates and keeps toddlers safe in a separate ice-play area. Those flitting around the rink on Tuesday evenings enjoy the live musical stylings of an ice-skating jazz musician, and other special events bring movies, DJs, and flame-juggling snowmen to the wintry stage.
Seventeen miles of cooling pipe winding beneath the ice’s surface keep it at an ideal 22 degrees, and recycled water from Kinder Lake aids in chilling the ice by offering up a steady stream of insults about its solid state. All power for the rink uses renewable energy, and a snack bar helps skaters to restore their own depleted reserves by serving soul-warming snacks such as hot cocoa, roasted nuts, and belgian waffles (not included in the price of this Groupon).
The Ice at Discovery Green
As daylight hours wane and temperatures drop, Discovery Green transforms Kinder Lake’s model-boat basin into a 7,200-square-foot open-air ice rink, beckoning visitors and locals alike to embrace the winter season. The cheerful sounds of Christmas carols, upbeat world music, and swing tunes emanate from the sound system as skaters gracefully glide past the site's colorful glass railings and mural-bedecked kiosks. In a separate children's area beside the main rink, toddlers and their parents can play on their own section of ice while safely avoiding faster-paced skating traffic. Special events also lend their own festive air to the attraction, where guests can watch live jazz bands or skate alongside Santa Claus.
To keep the ice at a constant and chilly 22 degrees, the rink conceals more than 17 miles of cooling pipes beneath its friction-defying surface. Recycled water from Kinder Lake helps create a cool, even skating surface, and the entire attraction siphons its power from renewable energy sources instead of coal buttons stolen from snowmen. Additionally, an onsite snack shop keeps bellies warm and cheeks ruddy with cups of coffee and hot cocoa, as well as hearty snacks including roasted peanuts, cookies, and belgian waffles.