Rideau Canal Skateway (Ottawa, Ontario)
The largest skating spot in the world! Almost five miles of frozen bliss winds through Canada’s capital, ending at magnificent Dows Lake. Concession stands, warming huts, and skate rentals are scattered along the way. Check out Winterlude, a festival on weekends in February. For details: 613-239-5234.
Hotel del Coronado (Coronado, CA)
Ice skating next to the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by palm trees and sunny skies? Yup. This outdoor rink is just steps from the sand. Sparkling white lights, holiday music, and hot chocolate add to the atmosphere. Hoteldel.com
Safety first: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children wear helmets when skating.