by Megan Tripp | December 12, 2013 12:15 pm
Lace up those skates, pull on that winter coat, and step on the ice. Here’s where the whole family can enjoy a “Winter Wonderland” ice skating experience in Boston.
Boston Common Frog Pond
The most famous outdoor rink in the city, and therefore the most crowded, the Frog Pond is frozen over every winter for public ice skating sessions seven days a week. Most of the skaters are little children so you’ll have to watch where you’re going, but this classic Boston winter pastime is definitely a must-try experience. Skate rentals and a snack bar are also available.
Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston Common, open Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 617-635-2120, bostonfrogpond.com
Community Ice Skating @ Kendall Square
Another beautiful outdoor rink, the Kendall Square rink is a lesser known spot but offers just as much ice skating fun as the Frog Pond. The rink puts on group events, private rink rentals, and holiday shows every season, so there are plenty of ways to enjoy the ice skating experience. You can rent both hockey and ice skates, buy hot chocolate from the snack bar, and then try a few ice skating lessons. The rink is open seven days a week until mid-March.
Community Ice Skating @ Kendall Square, 300 Athenaeum Street, Cambridge, open Monday – Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 617-492-0491, skatekendall.com
Steriti Memorial Rink
Owned and operated by the Commonwealth, this beautiful rink is open from the end of November through March. This skating is indoors, but the rink has huge glass panels that showcase views of the harbor and the North End. Skate rentals are inexpensive and the snack bar holds all the warm things your chilly little skating heart desires.
Steriti Memorial Rink, 561 Commercial Street, North End, open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 617-523-9327, mass.gov
Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink at Larz Anderson Park
This outdoor rink in beautiful Brookline is the perfect place to take the kids. You can pay a low daily rate or buy a seasonal family pass and make it a weekly tradition this winter. There’s a public skating session on Sunday nights exclusively for children with disabilities and their families and skating lessons are availible.
Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink at Larz Anderson Park, 23 Newton Street, Brookline, open Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rec therapy for individuals with disabilities Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 617-739-7518, brooklinema.gov
Located close to the Stony Brook Orange Line T stop, this outdoor rink is also owned and operated by the state. It’s almost never crowded and its in the heart of Jamaica Plain so you’ll get a great taste of JP’s unique community. It’s great for kids and inexpensive for adults, too. Skate rentals are available but if you bring your own, you get to skate for free! The rink isn’t scheduled to open until mid-December, so check the website for scheduling updates.
Kelly Rink, 1 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, open Sunday – Friday 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 617- 727-7000, mass.gov
Simoni Skating Arena
This large indoor arena has plenty of opportunities for you and your family to skate together. Make it a party on Friday nights with the Friday night DJ skate. Hockey and ice skating lessons are also available here, but for public skates—parents take note—children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent at all times. Admission is $5 for regular public skating and $6 for the Friday night DJ skate.
Simoni Skating Arena, 155 Gore Street, Cambridge, open Monday – Friday 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 617-354-9523, fmcicesports.com.
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