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Houston is not a city usually associated with traditional winter recreational activities. After all, the city’s residents spend most of the year running air conditioners and avoiding the outdoors and its intense heat. When the air conditioning isn’t enough, and the family needs an athletic adventure in true cold, hit the area’s best places to go ice skating.

Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex
8220 Willow Place Drive N
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 847-5283

Price: $7 admission per person/$3 for skate rental
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The Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex is a great place to glide across the ice and let your troubles melt away. Popular with families, Aerodrome features a large skating rink, pro shop and fitness center. Those who could benefit from a little guidance may sign up for ice skating lessons. This is also a popular locale for birthday parties. The entertainment really heats up on Fridays for the weekly Friday Night Live event, featuring fun, dancing, games and a live DJ.

Ice at the Galleria
5015 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 621-1500

Price: $9 admission per person, $4 for skate rental
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The Galleria area of Houston is best known for its shopping, but skaters also recommend it as a place to enjoy a little blade-to-the-ice action. Ice at the Galleria offers some of the longest public skating sessions in Houston with extended, open sessions running as late as 10 p.m. The party Friday and Saturday evenings spices it up when Ice at the Galleria hosts its weekly Ice Jamz. This is an event like no other, with a DJ turning up the music and presenting a dance routine on ice, complete with modern music and plenty of graceful actions and daring maneuvers.

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The Ice at Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 400-7336

Price: $12 admission per person includes skate rental
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Few things could be more romantic than an ice skating experience underneath the sun or stars in the middle of a large downtown area. This is exactly what you will experience when you visit Ice at Discovery Green, the large urban park in the middle of downtown Houston. Ice at Discovery Green is one of the few outdoor skating rinks in Houston, and it is also one of the most popular, with more than 100,000 people enjoying its charm each year. Skaters glide across the smooth bed of ice, gaze upward at the city skyscrapers and feel the stress of the day disappear.

Space City Ice Station
18150 Gulf Freeway
Friendswood, TX 77546
(281) 486-7979

Price: $8 admission per adult or child age 13 and older/$7 admission for children age 5 to 12/free admission for children 4 and younger/$4 for skate rental
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Houston is popular for its commitment to space exploration, and even the ice rinks exploit the opportunity to highlight that success. Space City Ice Station promises to take you for a self-guided ride like none other. This ice skating rink is located near the famed Johnson Space Center, and it features open skating sessions, ice hockey, a fitness center, and even a restaurant and bar for grabbing some food and drink while watching your favorite National Hockey League team. The facility may be rented for birthday parties, and those with an active interest in hockey may join one of the local hockey leagues and play a game here for sport and fun.

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Skate Memorial City
303 Memorial City Way, Suite 902
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 463-9296

Price: $7 admission per person/$3 for skate rental
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A unique entertainment option, Skate Memorial City is one of the few ice skating rinks in Texas located within a large shopping complex. It occupies a section of the often-busy Memorial City Mall, making it a perfect place to stop for some post-shopping pleasure. The $10 cost for a session of skating and ice-skate rental makes it one of the least expensive in the Houston area, easily affordable for most families. Guests may partake in open skating sessions, freestyle sessions, ice hockey games and ice skating lessons. Skate Memorial City is even known to host plays and other events using its ice skating rink as a stage.

Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.