Where to Find Outdoor Skating Rinks in Boston This Winter
Has the return of chilly weather, and the impending holiday season, got you in the mood to lace up those skates? Good news: The start of outdoor ice rink season is just around the corner. There are a few changes in store for winter 2021-2022. For one, the Seaport’s popular ice rink will not be returning—the “Snowport” this year will instead be a holiday market and outdoor games destination.
But opportunities to twirl around in the sunshine abound. Here’s the latest on the many options this season, and when you can expect to hit the ice (this being New England, all opening dates are weather dependent).
Boston Common Frog Pond (Opens November 20)
Who wouldn’t want to skate in the heart of Boston during the wintertime? Every year when the temperatures drop, the Common’s famed Frog Pond transforms into an ice rink. It sadly closed for the season in 2020-2021 due to coronavirus restrictions. But you can expect its return on November 20, weather permitting. Be sure to get a picturesque, seasonally appropriate pic for the ‘gram if you decide to go to this treasured Boston landmark.
$6 admission, $12 skate rentals for adults, $6 skate rentals for kids, 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., Boston Common Frog Pond, 617-635-2120, bostonfrogpond.com.
The Rink at 401 Park (Opens November 20)
The pavilion between Trillium brewing and Time Out Market, which is host to fitness activities and installations in the warmer months, first transformed into a 6,000-square-foot rink in the winter of 2019. It makes its return this year on November 20 for a season that is set to include a broomball league, skating lessons, and Ice Flow Yoga (yes, that’s yoga you do on the ice). A more detailed schedule is expected in the coming weeks, but this trendy spot has featured theme nights, live DJs, and other events. Stay tuned for more details.
$10 admission; or $6 for kids, college students, and seniors; $6 skate rentals; Thursday-Friday 3-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; 401 Park Drive, Boston; 617-603-5600; thefenway.com.
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Skate @ Canal District in Kendall Square (Opens December 1)
The oddly-shaped skating rink, plunked right in the middle of the action in Kendall Square, will soon be back. Bask in the glow of the lit-up trees that run along its edges, and warm up on the heated pavilion with a hot beverage from the concession stands. Look out for the annual holiday ice show scheduled for December 11, where you can watch professional and international ice skaters perform and take advantage of free admission to the rink for the public.
$5 admission, $8 skate rentals, 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 Rink at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline (Opens December 4)
The Kirrane Rink has been a staple of wintertime in Brookline since 1958, when it debuted atop what was once an Italianate Garden in Larz Anderson Park. Thankfully, some mechanical issues with the rink’s chiller, discovered in 2020, will not put a damper on the season. There will not, however, be a concession stand this year. Nevertheless, this hot spot for hockey, ice skating classes, and old-fashioned public skates is back, and we’re thankful for that.
$9 admission ($7 for residents of Brookline), $7 skate rentals, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:30am and 10:45-11:45am, Friday 12:00-1:00pm and 1:15-2:15pm, Saturday and Sunday 1:15-2:15pm, 2:30-3:30pm and 3:45-4:45pm, Jack Kirrane Rink, 23 Newton St., Brookline, 617-879-4998, brooklinerec.com.
DCR Kelly Outdoor Rink, Jamaica Plain (Opens December 18)
A beloved JP institution returns this year. Conveniently located right behind the Stony Brook MBTA stop, this DCR rink has got to be one of the cheapest options out there, with kids’ rentals going for just $2 a pop. Kids five and up can also take part in weekly skating lessons on Saturday mornings, offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. It’s a volunteer-run, donor-supported operation, so if you can, toss them a few bucks once you’re done doing laps.
$2 skate rentals for kids and $3 for adults, Sunday through Friday: 12pm – 7:30pm, Saturday: 1pm – 7:30pm, 1 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, friendsofthekellyrink.org