9 Stunning Spots for Natural Ice Skating Around the World

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Imagine the sun on your face, the crisp air all around you, and the smell of fresh ice -- and now imagine gliding along on skates without being forced to go around and around in a tiny oval rink. Instead, you can experience the great outdoors on one of these naturally frozen skating spots: Just you, the ice, and your skates.

The spots we've chosen here let you skate from the middle of cities to secluded rural spaces -- and even in your own backyard. These are professionally maintained, and while you may find a frozen lake, pond, or river in your local park, you should always check with officials and take proper safety precautions before setting out.