There’s just something miraculous about ice skating. Water transforms into smooth ice, and, with the help of some bladed boots, regular people transform from lumbering humans into a gliding athletes. But in order for this magic to occur, a proper venue is required. You can’t go skating just anywhere. Even the most basic rink requires careful maintenance to keep its surface smooth and skateable, and while it’s technically possible to do without, a hot chocolate kiosk is pretty much mandatory.
The ice rinks on this list go beyond the basic requirements. They add lights and decorations, they take advantage of novel settings, and they elevate the wonder of skating with a little magic of their own. So grab a mug of hot cocoa, and picture yourself there. If you’re lucky, some of these rinks might even be around the corner from you.