As the lights flicker off the ice and your significant other looks at you while gliding over the frozen surface you know it is time for a romantic smooch.
Or your family is goofing around and sliding from here to there while laughing at your clumsy relative who cannot quite find their feet. Either way, ice skating rinks are a place to make winter memories.
In a pandemic where we social distance to protect our neighbors, less of us are going out due to restrictions, but that does not mean there are no options for fun. Milwaukee is still home to some great rinks, but this year you may have to register before you go.
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920 N. WATER ST.
The classic downtown setting on water street captures the beauty of the Milwaukee architecture and the nearby Milwaukee River. You can book a hour-long time slot for up to eight people. Single tickets are available for nine dollars for those 18 years or older and seven dollars for those 17 and under. Hour reservations are available Thursday through Sunday during January and every day in February.
3129 N. BREMEN ST.
There are no reservations for this rink, and its name speaks for itself. Everyone is invited to come to this rink free of charge.
5300 N. MARLBOROUGH DR., WHITEFISH BAY
This is an outdoor ice rink and registration is not required. Open skating hours are posted on their website. They allow a maximum of 50 people on the rink at a time, masks are required, and social distancing is encouraged.
19400 W. BLUEMOUND RD., BROOKFIELD
This indoor ice arena takes a classic look and has open skating options. You do have to register in advance as they have a 100-skater maximum. General admission is six dollars, seniors and military are five dollars and skate rentals and sharpening are available. Registration takes place online.
3000 S. HOWELL AVE.
Volunteers maintain ice that freezes over in the park. No registration is required, but this rink is weather permitting.
6. Lowell Park
2201 MICHIGAN AVE.
This rink is near the warming shelter and is also open if conditions are favorable. There is a sledding hill nearby if gliding over ice is not your cup of hot cocoa.
7. Lake Park
N. LAKE PARK RD.
This is another naturally frozen patch of ice in the Frederick Olmstead park near the North Point Lighthouse. Check the weather before arriving to ensure the conditions are favorable.