Best Places to Go Ice Skating in Boston

Try the new outdoor track at City Hall Plaza, or visit longtime favorites in Kendall Square, Brookline, and beyond.

 


It’s that time of year again. Grab your gloves and lace up those skates, it’s time to hit the ice. You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy these rinks, from new setups like the ice track at City Hall Plaza, to annual favorites like the Frog Pond, Community Ice Skating at Kendall Square, and more.

Note: Unfortunately, Boston Harbor Hotel on the Waterfront, which had set up a small rink under their rotunda the last few years, will not have ice skating this year.

“Boston Winter” at City Hall Plaza

Looking for a new spot to hit the ice? Boston Winter’s skating path has you covered. Launching December 7 at 4:30 p.m., the path winds around the main stage and marquee “Boston” sign. Skate alongside one of your favorite cartoon characters (Saturday mornings) or rock out to a live DJ (Friday night). If all of that skating wasn’t enough of a workout, head over to the pedal-powered Christmas tree to see if you can get it to light up all the way to the top. Still looking for the perfect gift? Take a break from the ice and check out the holiday market with more than 40 specialty retailers and artisans. You betcha booze will be available. Don’t forget to snap a photo with Santa. Ice skating classes will be offered on Saturday mornings.

Sundays-Thursdays 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Christmas Eve 11 a.m.-4 p.m., New Year’s Eve 11 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, $10 adults, $8 for kids 5-12, free for kids under 5, $6 skate rentals, City Hall Plaza, Boston, cityhallplazaboston.com.

Steriti Memorial Rink

Cold weather not your thing? Skate indoors at Steriti Rink or any of a number of other rinks owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. If all that skating gets you craving some cannolis or ready to slurp some spaghetti, venture on over to the North End restaurant scene.

Monday-Thursday, 12-2:30 p.m., Friday 12-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 4-10 p.m., $5 skate rentals, Steriti Memorial Rink, 561 Commercial St., Boston, 617-523-9327, mass.gov.

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Photo courtesy of MarketStreet Lynnfield

MarketStreet Lynnfield

Illuminated by snowflake lights, the new MarketStreet Lynnfield rink is the perfect place for a family outing. Lined with more than 80 shopping venues and restaurants, there’s plenty to do off the ice as well. Sponsored by Lahey Health, the rink is available to be rented for private parties and events. Rent skates for just $4 or bring your own.

Mondays-Thursdays 4-9 p.m., Fridays 4-10 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-8 p.m., $4 skate rentals, MarketStreet Lynnfield, 600 Market St., Lynnfield, 781-484-5400, marketstreetlynnfield.com.

Kelly Outdoor Rink

Located just off the Stony Brook stop on the Orange Line in JP, Kelly Outdoor Rink is the perfect place to practice those figure skating moves. Unsteady on the ice? The rink offers lessons on Saturdays. Enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere and get the best bang for your buck, as skate rentals here cost only $2.

Opens December 10, Sundays-Fridays 12-7:30 p.m., Saturdays 1-7:30 p.m., $2 skate rental, Kelly Outdoor Rink, 1 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, 617-727-7000, mass.gov.

Boston Common Frog Pond

Winter just wouldn’t be the same without ice skating at the Frog Pond. One of Boston’s most beloved spots, located in one Boston’s most treasured park, the Frog Pond turns into an Instagram-worthy winter scene every December. Public skate is offered seven days a week. Bring your own skates or rent them while you’re there. If you don’t want to get cozy with others on the ice, be sure to get there early or visit the rink during off hours.

Mondays 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays and Sundays 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m., $6 admittance, Boston Common Frog Pond, 617-635-2120, bostonfrogpond.com.

Simoni Skating Rink

Home of the Bay State Skating School, and both youth and adult hockey leagues, Simoni Skate Rink is another DCR rink that’s a great spot to practice different moves on the ice. Only a few short blocks from the Lechmere T station, the rink offers both public skating and public hockey time slots. Elegant skating more your style? Simoni offers figure skating lessons too.

Mondays-Fridays 12:30-2:30 p.m., $5 skate rental, Simoni Skating Rink, 155 Gore St., Cambridge, 617-354-9523, fmcicesports.com.

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Photograph courtesy of Community Ice Skating at Kendall Square

Community Ice Skating at Kendall Square

Nestled in the heart of Kendall Square, Community Ice Skating rink is fun for all ages. The Zamboni-maintained outdoor rink hosts skate lessons and offers group outings. Stop by December 10 for a free skating show with world-class professional skaters and international competitors produced by Frozen Frog Productions. Stick around and try out some of those fancy moves with free admission to the rink all day, and warm up with some hot beverages from the rink’s concession stand.

Mondays 12-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays 12-8 p.m., Fridays 12-9 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 300 Athenaeum St., Cambridge, 617-492-0941, skatekendall.com.

Kirrane Ice Skating Rink

Figure skates, hockey skates, Kirrane Ice Skating Rink rents them all. Need your skates sharpened? They do that too. Enjoy sweet treats at the concession stand, consider private rentals, or if there’s snow, enjoy some sledding at Larz Anderson Park. 

Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-11:30 a.m., Friday 8-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12-5 p.m., Kirrane Ice Skating Rink, 23 Newton St., Brookline, 617-879-4998, brooklinerec.com.


Megan Moore Megan Moore, Editorial Intern at Boston Magazine mmoore@bostonmagazine.com


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