Originally developed to clear paths for Siberian dogsleds, zambonis are now chiefly used to polish ice-skating rinks and smooth frosting on giant chocolate cakes. Give zambonis more time on the ice and less on the icing with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get admission, skate rental, pizza slices, and fountain drinks for four people at Ice World in Abingdon (a $56 value).
For the past 15 years, Ice World’s twin NHL-size rinks have shared the chilly excitement of ice skating with families, figure skaters, and budding hockey protégés. World flags flutter from the walls of the rinks, paying homage to the international sport of hockey and delighting spectators with the soothing sounds of rustling fabric. Tuesday through Sunday, daytime open skate sessions cater to ice gliders of all ability levels, from novice to Nancy Kerrigan. Skate rental is included for skaters who weren't born with blades strapped to their feet.
After several warm-up laps around the arena, it’s not uncommon for appetites to strap on a pair of skates and perform triple stomach Axels, which is why the snack shop is conveniently located just beyond the boards. Four slices of pizza and four regular fountain drinks are included in today’s deal, so a pair of couples, team of teens, or a family foursome can take a break to refuel before returning to the rink.
1300 Governors Ct.
Abingdon, Maryland 21009