Where to Ice Skate in Boston This Winter

Break in your ice skates and head out to these rinks—some old, some new—across the Greater Boston area.

Chilly weather and twinkling holiday lights signal that it’s time for Bostonians to take part in one of the city’s finest winter activities: Ice skating. Now’s the time to dig out those ice skates you haven’t touched since last winter and hit the ice at rinks located everywhere from Cambridge to the North End—and don’t worry if you don’t own a pair of skates, most all rinks offer rentals.

Rinks Open Year-Round

Veterans Memorial Rink

Fluorescent lighting and a small snack bar bring out a retro, old-school vibe at this Somerville spot. The rink serves as a hockey arena for the majority of the year for small intramural leagues but opens for public skating during select hours and days of the week. Free skating is offered several times a week.

Free admission, $5 skate rentals, 570 Somerville Ave, Somerville, 617-625-6600. Call ahead and check the website for available hours. somervillerec.com.

Simoni Ice Arena

This ice rink is another cherished Cambridge ice skating location. Simoni is perhaps best known for serving as a public hockey facility, hosting youth and adult intramural leagues. Public skating is available during certain hours as well. The rink hosts a branch of the Bay State Skating School, so you can even opt for an ice skating lesson here to refine your moves.

$6 admission, $6 skate rental, Monday-Friday 12:30-2:30 p.m., Simoni Skating Rink, 155 Gore St., Cambridge, 617-354-9523, fmcicesports.com.

Emmons Horrigan O’Neil Memorial Rink

Located in Charlestown, this rink is home to the Suffolk University’s men’s hockey team and operates as a Department of Conservation and Recreation rink. During the winter season, the rink becomes an outdoor ice rink for public skating. Just don’t practice your hockey moves in the crowds.

Free admission, $5 skate rentals offered Sundays only, Sunday 2-3:50 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 12-2:20 p.m., O’Neil Memorial Rink, 150 Rutherford Ave, 617-242-9728, mass.gov

Yoga on ice at Steriti Ice Rink / Photo credit Courtney Megliola

Steriti Ice Rink 

This North End gem is an indoor ice rink in the winter with exceptional harbor views and plenty of food. The large rink also boasts a snack bar and is perfect for families with children who might need some additional space when learning how to skate.

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

Seasonal Rinks

Community Ice Skating at Kendall Square. Daderot/Creative Commons.

Community Ice Skating at Kendall Square

The premiere Cambridge ice skating location has many people coming back to skate at this uniquely shaped rink. Lit-up trees that adorn the outside of the rink make for a beautiful evening of ice skating. The annual holiday ice show takes place on December 14 this year, watch professional and international ice skaters perform and take advantage of free admission to the rink for the public. You can even grab a hot beverage from the concession stands. This community rink also offers group sessions and ice skating lessons.

$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, paddleboston.com.

Boston Common Frog Pond

Who wouldn’t want to ice skate in the heart of Boston during the wintertime? The Common’s Frog Pond transforms into an ice rink when temperatures start to drop. 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.

Kirrane Rink at Larz Anderson Park

Brookline’s ice skating rink is open to the public for skating and hockey league practices starting December 1. Register for an ice skating class with Bay State Skating School, get your skates sharpened, or consider joining a hockey team for the season. Concessions are available as well at this one-stop winter activity ice rink.

$8 admission ($6 for residents of Brookline), $6 skate rentals, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-11:30 a.m., Friday 8:00-10:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12:0o-5:00 p.m., Jack Kirrane Rink, 23 Newton St., Brookline, 617-879-4998, brooklinerec.com.

Seaport Ice Skating Rink

New this year, this 100×60-foot rink will be open from December through February in the same lot that the Cisco beer garden occupied during the summer, right on Seaport Boulevard. The premise will include an “outdoor deck,” “tree market,” and a “warming tent,” as well as alcohol—just don’t skate and sip. Additional details regarding admission and skate rentals are still developing.

Seaport Boulevard and Boston Wharf Rd., Boston, bostonseaport.xyz

401 Park Ice skating rink / Rendering courtesy Samuels & Associates

The Rink at 401 Park

The 401 Park area in the Fenway is booming. Complete with Trillium brewing, Time Out Market, and green space for fitness activities and installations, during the winter it will transform into a 6,000-square-foot rink. Discounted tickets will be available for minors, students, and senior citizens and a program schedule featuring theme nights, live DJs, skating lessons, sporting events, and more is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

401 Park Drive, Boston, thefenway.com.