Outdoor Ice Skating Around Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

by Becky Lower
Ice skating outdoors is a fun winter activity.

Ice skating outdoors is a fun winter activity.

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Northern Ohio's long, frigid winters make it an ideal winter playground. One of the best family friendly activities is skating on an outdoor ice surface. The friendly, established town of Cuyahoga Falls in Summit County has a great ice rink along the Cuyahoga River. This romantic setting has become the ideal spot for couples to get engaged during the winter.

The Facility

Cuyahoga Falls Ice Rink at Falls River Square is at 2025 Riverfront Parkway in Cuyahoga Falls. Hot beverages and snacks are available at Falls River Square Lodge during the hours of operation. Restrooms are next to the ice rink.

Hours of Operation and Cost

Cuyahoga Falls residents can either show valid ID or obtain a free CFOne Card at the Natatorium, which will be used for free admission to the ice rink. The cost for nonresidents is $3 as of time of publication. Skate rental is available for an additional $3, but feel free to bring your own skates. Skate sharpening is available for $5 per pair. Call 330-971-8135 for further information. Check the city's website for current information.

Fun for the Family

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and residents skate free, so why not bring the family and make a day of it? A free Learn to Skate program is offered on Sundays. Call 330-283-9178 for more information.

Party Rentals

Party rentals are available for any size crowd from two to 200. You can start the party in a room with skating afterward, or rent the ice rink before or after hours. Group rates also are available.

Skating on Natural Ice

While there are no ponds open to the public in Cuyahoga Falls, three ponds in public parks in Northeast Ohio are open during winter, weather and conditions permitting. They are: Beaver Creek State Park in East Liverpool, Columbiana County, 330-385-3091; Malabar Farm State Park near Mansfield in Lucas, Richland County, 419-892-2784; and Quail Hollow State Park in Hartville, Stark County, 330-877-6652. Four inches of clear ice is necessary for safe ice skating, so call ahead to make certain the ponds are suitable.

Safety Tips

Before stepping on a frozen pond or lake, check with local personnel to find out about known thin spots. Tell someone where you're going and when they can expect you home. Wear a life jacket or other flotation device. Carry two screwdrivers or ice picks, so you can pull yourself out if you do fall through the ice. Be sure to skate with a buddy.

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