Visit winter inside Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Turning Tampa into a Winter Wonderland

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park can also be called a winter park for the next month. A "Winter Village" theme opened this weekend.

It includes an outdoor ice rink, Christmas trees, and fake foam snow flying underneath the palm trees. It makes it so easy to pretend that people were wearing their jackets and hoods even though the temperatures were still well into the 70's.

"It's weird because I am born in July and I get really cold easily, but I like the cold," said Isabella Gianelli who was skating for over an hour.

Most we talked to are excited about the forties that are in the forecast for overnight lows.

"Yes, I am so excited for winter and this weather," said Katie French who was skating with a friend in jackets.

"My wife says we got to bring out the firewood and everything and I'm like 'no we don't'," Wes Burns said while wearing his Florida winter attire. "Flip flops, a sweatshirt and some shorts."

The temporary rink will stay open daily through Christmas. It is $12 per person for 90 minutes of skate time, and that includes the skate rentals.

Rink operating hours:
Monday to Thursday: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fridays: 4:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.
Sundays: 12:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.
School Holidays: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


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