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Ice Skating at Baytowne Wharf

Discussion in 'Events and Activities' started by Jdarg, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    Ice skating in Florida- yay! Kate and I did a test skate at Baytowne yesterday. They have a portable rink set up inside of a tent. It is located near the outdoor stage area- you can't miss it. No broken bones.:blink:

    Thanksgiving week hours are 2-10 pm, $6 to skate, and $2 for skate rental. Not many people had their own skates, and the rental skates are functional, but you won't look like a figure skater.:lol:

    A store employee that I spoke to told me that will be going on through NYE, but Baytowne is trying to work out a way to keep it up through February. The problem is a symphony show on NYE, so they probably need the space occupied by the rink.

    It was weird seeing people ice skate in shorts and t-shirts!

    http://www.baytownewharf.com/events.asp
     
  2. DuneAHH

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    Well if I can't look like a figure skater ... then to HAIL with it!
    Actually...I don't even know how to ice skate...but I DO like watching others!

    Glad You & Kate had fun :wave:
     
  3. John R

    John R needs to get out more

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    I saw this thing being setup on halloween night and thought it was too appropriate that it's in sandestin. Now I realize what your discussion was about when I walked in last night. Seems like an enormous waste of resources to me.
     
  4. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    For the last few years, they have set up an ice-skating tent in Ft Walton Beach. I guess Sandestin decided to help get people to shop in the otherwise deserted Baytowne. I never go to Baytowne due to the out of sight out of mind thing, and the out of sight prices. Maybe the convention business during the off season will help out the shops and restaurants in Baytowne.
     
  5. scooterbug44

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    OMG! I am so going, if only so I can say I once went ice skating outdoors in Florida!

    Do they have walls on the rink? In true scooterbug fashion I can skate backwards, but always forget how to stop/brake. :funn:
     
  6. full time

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    Is it safe to skate that close to the rubber playground?
     
  7. scrltbegonya

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    a group of us had been talking about going one nite, but i stopped by last week and the rink is super tiny. if about six of us adult sized folk went, we would dominate the entire rink.
     
  8. Jdarg

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    Yeah, it's pretty small, but it is pretty funny to ice skate in Florida!
     
  9. Will B

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    If any of you ever venture to Pensacola for an Ice Pilots game, they have public skating sessions after the game on the Ice Pilots' ice. It's fun and cheap. Makes for a good night of entertainment...
     
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    You are missing out. I LOVE Baytowne. Toys and Treasures is my favorite toy store ever, and the playground rocks my socks.
     
  11. Matt J

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    :clap: I can't wait to fall on my arse, but we're going anyway.
     
  12. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    Have fun!! It will be great today since it's not 78 degrees and 90% humidity! Maybe you can even wear mittens for a few minutes and be authentic!
     
  13. seacrestkristi

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    Sounds like a funn mother daughter outing. :cool: :clap:
     
  14. beachmouse

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    Sounds like the original Okaloosa On Ice rink. I had friends who called that one Okaloosa on Icecube.
     
  15. scooterbug44

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    Small rink, too many unsupervised kids, the quality of ice you'd expect from an outdoor rink in florida, and FUNN, FUNN, FUNN! :D

    I will be making at LEAST one repeat visit!

    p.s. You don't have to know how to skate. I don't think my friend let go off the wall all night but still had a great time!
     
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  16. Uncle Timmy

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    I tried the rink out this weekend.

    Funn, but like Scooter says, pretty rough ice and even rougher skating abilities on display.:D

    Now, I have been out of Canada a long time, eh, and I thought my skating was bad but wow! Funny to watch for sure.

    Just look out for falling Floridians. One lady (not her fault) fell into the back of my legs causing me to land hard on my knees. Ouch. I have a nice bruise to show off and everything............
     
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    Went this weekend and very surprisingly did not fall once. However my arms are tired from windmilling. I suggest getting the hockey skates if you've never skated before. They seem to have a lot more support.
     
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    :lolabove: good mental picture.
     
  19. Redd

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    I agree
    my wounded wing stopped me from getting on there
    It sure was teen central as well take a taser lol
    good plan would be to have adult hour or something so the ankle biters dont get sliced and the good kids dont run over the less talented

    oh yeah and keep the wine bar open til after 10 on weekends for an after skate warm up shot
     
  20. Jdarg

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    Woo hoo- ice skating is back! Blades of Glory, babeeee!:clap:

    Hours are 4- 10 pm on weekdays, 11-10 pm Saturdays, and 12-6 pm Sundays.

    Now through December 5th, free or discounted admission to anyone bringing a coat for the Coats for Kids Christmas drive. (I have no idea why it is free or discounted- just repeating what I read in the Sun).
     

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