Sharpen your skates and tighten the laces, Baltimore's Inner Harbor ice rink is officially open for the season.
The new ice rink opened Friday in its new location at the top of the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, providing this year's patrons with waterfront views overlooking the harbor. Thanks to the slight change in venue (last year's rink was located across the street at McKeldin Square) there's more space to skate with 6,000 square feet of ice.
With a bigger area to accommodate skaters and a new location more accessible to foot traffic, Waterfront Partnership hopes the new rink will attract even more visitors.
“In 2014, we welcomed over 20,000 people and saw marriage proposals, appearances from Santa and Navy midshipmen, Special Olympics activities and lots more. We look forward to welcoming even more visitors to the Waterfront this year," said Laurie Schwartz, president of Waterfront Partnership.
Plenty of holiday-themed events and programs are planned throughout the season, including Costume Skates, Frost Fest, Pajama Skate, and SkateFest, benefitting Special Olympics Maryland. Visitors can find a full lineup of events and details on discounts, parking, skates, and more on the rink's website.
The rink will remain open through Monday, January 18. Skates are available to rent on site for $4 and season passes are also available. Open hours are Mondays, 3:00-7:00 p.m.; Tuesdays through Thursdays, 3:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.