Neighborhood rinks in parks can be a lot of fun, but experienced skaters know that there's a certain joy that comes with skating on smooth, well-maintained ice. Even better? With indoor rinks, skaters don't have to worry about outside temps or windchill. The Depot Rink, with its modern amenities built inside of an old train shed, is one such space. The rink has been name-checked as a favorite destination of Olympic gold medalist Kristy Yamaguchi, and both USA Today and MSNBC have listed it as one of the top places to ice skate in the nation. But don't let the hype intimidate you. On any given day, you'll find a variety of ages and skill levels on the ice, from wall clingers, to those practicing their edges, to more experienced skaters working on their spins and spirals. The place works well for kids' birthday parties, but its close proximity to the Guthrie, as well as to bars and restaurants on Washington, makes it a fun date-night destination, too. The downtown location is certainly part of the space's charm, as the floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow for excellent cityscape views that can be enjoyed from the ice, or while warming up with a cup of cocoa (or a glass of wine). $6-$8. Check online for open skate hours. The ice rink is open most holidays. More info at www.thedepotminneapolis.com.
Dec. 6-March 9, 2012