Being cooped up all winter long is no fun at all. The best way to fight cabin fever is to get off the couch and brave the cold to visit some of these area ice skating rinks. Whether you can dance on ice or end up wobbling even when clutching the wall, ice skating is a great way to spend time with friends and family.

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Reisterstown Sportsplex

401 Mitchell Drive
Reisterstown, Md. 21136

A generally new, high-quality establishment that opened its doors in February 2008, the Reisterstown Sportsplex includes an ice skating rink as well as a soccer and lacrosse field under one roof to bring athletics to the community all year long. Staffed by helpful employees, this spectacular facility offers concessions and a variety of times for public skating. There are classes for those of any age to learn to skate, as well as a figure skating, hockey camp and even broomball lessons. Choose Reisterstown Sportsplex for an all-inclusive birthday party. Just remember to dress warmly as the ice is kept between 30 and 50 degrees.

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Glen Burnie Town Center

103C N. Crain Highway
Glen Burnie, Md. 2106

Price: $6.50 adults/$5.50 children younger than 12 and seniors 55 and older/$3 skate rental

If you prefer ice skating outdoors in the crisp air, head to the heart of Glen Burnie to the rink at the Town Center near Anne Arundel Community College. The rink may be small, but it is never too crowded, and there is always a helping hand from informative and friendly staff. Use nearby lockers to keep your hands free while skating, and bring a group for special discounts. Double-bladed skates are offered to the little ones just learning, as well as buckets to promote balance and prevent falling down. Enroll your child in the Skate school, take private lessons, or keep the rink at Glen Burnie Town Center in mind for affordable birthdays choices and corporate parties.

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Mimi Dipietro Family Skating Center

200 S. Linwood Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21224

Price: $4/$2 skate rental

The Mimi Dipietro’s rink in Patterson Park was originally built in 1967. Yet, when it was updated in 1986 to make it an indoor rink, it became an ideal skating center for Baltimore families. The center often hosts Baltimore hockey teams and holds broomball, ice hockey and sled hockey classes from October through March, in addition to offering 16 hours of public skating each week. Complete with snack and skate shops, as well as the warm-up room with an inviting fireplace, the center offers all of the comforts you could need. Rent the indoor skating center for special events, or pay only $30 for a 10-session season pass.

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Columbia Association

5876 Thunder Hill Road
Columbia, Md. 21045

Price: $7 to $8/$3 skate rental

The Columbia Association’s rink brings the experience of ice skating to a whole new level. Enjoy free wireless Internet, daily public skating, a professional shop and a variety of concessions. Instead of clinging to the wall hoping to avoid injury, those still learning to skate may use cones or walkers. Membership packages allow for free public skating and access to a variety of other fitness activities at nearby locations, including tennis, swimming and golf.

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Ice World

1300 Governors Court
Abingdon, Md. 210009

Price: $7.50 to $8.50/$3 skate rental

This bustling facility in Harford County boasts two indoor, NHL-sized rinks, including a pro shop, snack bar, locker rooms and plenty of seating for spectators. This allows for more than 17 hours per week of public skating at the same time as group and private skating lessons. This home to the Chesapeake Figure Skating Club offers classes, summer programs and even a winter show. Hockey lovers may enjoy games for all ages in addition to Stick N’ Puck sessions to better their performance. As always, there are plenty of walkers to learn to skate with.

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