As winters go, Norfolk’s is pretty mild. Even though last winter was a big one, generally the area only averages about five inches of a snow a year and temperatures bottom out in the mid-30s. That means that sledding and skating opportunities can be sporadic. But there are a few places that you can go to enjoy some winter activities no matter what the weather outside is like. Here’s where you can go ice skating and sledding in the Norfolk area.
This will be the 14th year for the outdoor ice rink at Macarthur Center. Public skating sessions and figure skating exhibitions run on the 7,200 square foot rink from Nov. 17 until Jan. 15. And don’t worry if you don’t have skates, you can rent a pair for $8.
Where: 300 Monticello Drive, Norfolk, VA
This winter Colonial Williamsburg is icing over part of Duke of Gloucester Street for some family fun. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for kids under 12 and there will be plenty of hot chocolate and hot cider on offer each night so you can warm up when you’re done skating.
Where: North Henry Street and West Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA
Free skating, figure skating classes and hockey games all get ice time at Chilled Ponds. Stop by on Friday and Saturday Nights for the Glow and Skate parties.
Where: 1416 Stephanie Way, Chesapeake, VA
The family ice center has free skating and hockey games for all ages year round.
Where: 4915 Broad Street, Virginia Beach, VA
The Yorktown ice rink offers lessons and public skate times as well as special holiday events throughout the year.
Where: 401 Village Avenue, Yorktown, VA
Whether snow has fallen by Dec. 15 or not, there will be something to sled on at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center. Snow My Yard, a snowmaking company that makes snowball fights and sledding possible even when temperatures are well above freezing, will be on hand covering the ground in a blanket of white so kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy zipping down the hill.
Where: 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA
Bonus: Riverview Farm Park
This one will require a little help from mother nature because no one will be there making artificial snow. But if there is an early storm, head to Riverview Farm Park in Newport News. When it snows, hundreds show up for a quick slide on one of the most perfect sledding hills in the region.