Gliding around at an outdoor skating rink can be just the ticket
for families tired of being cooped up in the house. And, for a
twist on the usual oval-shaped rinks, take advantage of a new rink
in Rockford that includes a skating trail through lighted evergreen
trees and along the banks of the Rock River.
The newly built Harris Winter Wonderland
opened this month in Davis Park in downtown Rockford and is being
touted as the largest outdoor synthetic ice rink in the world.
Because synthetic ice is actually made from plastic, not frozen
water, fluctuating temperatures don't affect the use of the
The skating center has an oval-shaped rink similar to most
skating rinks. But it also connects to a trail that is about 12
feet wide and 850 feet long, with benches along it to sit and take
a break. There's also an indoor warming facility and concession
stands for hot chocolate and apple cider, coffee, hot dogs and
The Harris Winter Wonderland will be open during December and
January. Regular hours will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m.
Fridays, 4-10 p.m. Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Sundays. Holiday break
hours, from Dec. 20-30, will be 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 2-6
p.m. Sunday. The rink will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas
Day. Admission to skate is $3; skate rental is $2.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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