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Best Place to Ice Skate

Centennial Lakes Park

You don't need to know the difference between a triple lutz and a double salchow to enjoy some quality time on the ice — for most of this winter, you were already skating around the sidewalks. Located in Edina, Centennial Lakes Park offers more than just your standard rink. You can glide through a series of lakes, ponds, and canals for an experience that makes the boring ol' circles at other places look like child's play. You can even get an ice sled and cruise through the lake system with a friend. If you've already got skates, there's no fee to get out on the ice, but renting a pair won't cost an arm and a leg. Skating rinks are only as good as their warming houses — a warm drink is always a must — and this one delivers. There's the usual fare like hot chocolate and snacks for the kiddos, but the indoor and outdoor fireplaces are the main attraction. An afternoon skating around Centennial Lakes feels like a gateway into a simpler time.

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