01/31/2011 09:07 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

11 Idyllic Places To Ice Skate (PHOTOS)

When it comes to travel in winter, you can either fantasize about escaping the cold, or run headlong into it, embracing the season's icy wiles. Of all the winter sports, ice skating is the most accessible for all ages, income brackets, and people with differing levels of physical prowess. Flying (or flailing) on two blades can be at once magical, nostalgia-inducing, humbling, and silly.

We pulled together this list of 11 beautiful places to skate outdoors. Did we miss your favorite spot? Tell us about it in the comments.-- Megan Cytron, Trazzler