Ice castles in New Hampshire are great to look at. And the Boston Common Frog Pond is arguably — at least according to USA Today’s recent reader poll — the second-best place in North America to do some ice-skating with the family.
But Providence has rolled out a new attraction that could have both of them beat: “Bumper Cars on Ice.”
The Alex and Ani City Center rink first introduced the bumper cars — which look like inner tubes on wheels that collide with each other much like the traditional bumper cars you would find at carnivals — on Tuesday.
According to the downtown rink’s website, the city is the first in New England and the third in the country to host the slippery rides. It costs $12 per session, with each ride lasting 20 minutes.
The cars move around using a small joystick, and can go forward, backward, and from side-to-side. They also spin in circles.
The launch of the latest tourist attraction was met with much fanfare this week. Even Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was ecstatic to hit the ice and launch himself into other people sitting in the cars.
“This is the most exciting thing we’ve done since I’ve been mayor,” he told the Providence Journal this week.
By the look on his face, he’s not lying:
The Journal reported that the city purchased 16 of the bumper cars, which are made by a company in Colorado and have interchangeable wheels so they can be used on dry land, for roughly $86,000.
In a tweet Tuesday, Elorza said he hopes the cars “make downtown a more vibrant and fun place for families and friends all year round.”
The full bumper-cars-on-ice schedule can be found on the Providence Rink’s website.