Summer is the off-season for hockey, leaving plenty of room on the ice for skaters. The pros embrace the extra practice time, but despite the rinks' obvious appeal on a steamy afternoon, public skating sessions are usually pretty empty. To entice novice skaters, some facilities offer discounted skating fees during the summer, and it can be easier to reserve private lessons with top instructors. You'll burn about the same amount of calories figure skating as you would pounding the sidewalks, but you'll probably be able to keep going longer because you won't have to battle heat and humidity.
DIY and Stay Cool: You don't need a reservation (or a partner) to take advantage of public skating sessions at local rinks. You may not even need skates—call ahead to inquire about rentals.