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Rock Around the Rink: Ice Skate in Destin

You know those standby holiday montages, the ones with cute, mitten-clad couples twirling around on the ice, making figure-eights? There’s something about ice skating that brings to mind the cheer of the holiday season. Perhaps it’s the brisk air, the thrill of seasonal recreation, or the longing for a fire and hot chocolate afterward. Whatever it is, you’ll want to create your own memories on the ice this winter at Baytowne on Ice.

Until February 3, the ice skating rink at the Village of Baytowne Wharf offers everyone the chance to don some blades and try their luck on the ice. Located next to the village green, this is the perfect location for family fun. Don’t worry, little ones are given a walker to hold on to so they can avoid beginners’ bumps and bruises. (Adults, you can ask for a walker too).

Tweens and teens take turns twirling about in pairs and groups, as the occasional speed racer makes laps around the rink. For the most part though, Baytowne on Ice is warmed by family fun and the holiday spirit. Speaking of, if your ankles start to feel a bit weak, relax; you’re in the midst of a Florida winter wonderland. Take a break from skating to explore the boutiques and shops of Baytowne. Check out Uniquely Chic, Island Clothiers, and Paradise Found.

Of course, all that skating and shopping will build an appetite. Luckily, Baytowne is home to some of the best dining on the Emerald Coast. For a romantic dinner, make reservations at Marlin Grill, or kick the heat up a notch at Agave Azul Mexican Cuisine. If it’s fast bite you want, pop over to Baytowne Melt–the official grilled cheese diner of your dreams.

Fuel up, then make your way back onto the ice. After all, the holidays always seem to pass too quickly, so this year, make the most of them. Start your Destin holiday on ice!

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