Not long ago, we visited nearly a dozen outdoor skating rinks in Duluth.
In. One. Day.
We hadn’t planned to spend the entire day together ice-skating.
We had planned to visit all of Duluth’s outdoor skating rinks over the course of the entire winter.
But something happened that Saturday we set out to visit the first one.
We had more fun than we expected.
So, we drove to the next one to check it out. And then the next.
We stayed at each until someone said, “I’m cold.” Then jumped in our warm car to find another rink.
What made it such an adventure?
Each rink had a surprise.
For example, we stopped at the nearby Gary New Duluth Fire Department to inquire about the Stowe rink, which was not flooded. The firefighters gave the kids a tour of a fire truck. Score!
Driving through Morgan Park to find the rink was fascinating as the houses reflect a bygone era of Duluth’s industrial and manufacturing heyday.
At the Piedmont rink, Daley became a snowplow on skates with the extra-wide shovel (see picture above).
The memory that will likely last the longest for Daley was the impromptu tour of the Zamboni by Mr. Jim, the friendly rink caretaker at Lower Chester. A dream come true for our heavy machine-loving kid.
The time in the car was an added bonus. It allowed us to talk, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company.
True family time.
Also, traversing Duluth from end to end, neighborhood to neighborhood, reminded us that we are one community made up of unique areas.
After our ice-skating marathon, we came home to dirty dishes and empty cupboards as the grocery shopping didn’t get done, but we were a happy family from the fresh air, time together, and novel adventure.
P.S. I have posted a comprehensive list of the outdoor rinks in Duluth and what you need to know about each here.
What ways do you enjoy the outdoors during the winter? Please share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!