Until climate conditions force all frozen activities to be conducted in sad indoor replica centers, winter ice skating remains an idyllic Twin Cities pastime. For the best place to do it, Edina has the advantage (yet again!). The ice at Centennial Lakes Park consists of 10 acres spread out over three ponds connected by canals, all groomed daily. Skaters can take long, meandering paths rather than sticking to the usual circular route of rinks. There’s also a large warming house with three fireplaces and plenty of boot storage room. All of the above is free; if you bring a little money, you can also avail yourself of skate and Nordic sled rentals (be prepared to stand in line) and hot chocolate, popcorn, and other concessions. While the views from the ice are not quite as “Currier & Ives” as the city’s website would have you believe (too many gleaming office buildings), the setting is certainly not unpleasant, tucked away from streets and dotted with trees and benches.
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