Wintry weather means it's time for ice skating in Boston. Locals and visitors alike descend upon the beloved Frog Pond in Boston Common, but there are plenty of other ice skating rinks in Boston that cater to skaters from beginner to triple salchow-capable. Find the best ice skating in Boston at these spots in and around the city. After a chilly skate, warm up with a mug of one of the best hot chocolates in Boston, a relaxing sit at one of the best afternoon tea spots in Boston, or a cup of joe from one of the best coffee shops in Boston.
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The Rink at 401 Park, a brand new, 6,000 square-foot sheet of ice, sits just outside of Time Out Market Boston. Enjoy fun activities both on- and off the ice, and then warm up with an expertly-made coffee drink at George Howell Coffee, or a warm boozy concoction at one of the Time Out Market Bars.
Best ice skating in Boston
During the winter months—typically November to March—the most popular spot in the nation’s oldest park is the Frog Pond skating rink. Skating on the Frog Pond is a beloved wintertime tradition for skaters of all ages. Bring your own skates or rent some at the concession stand. Lessons for all ages are available, and there are cute seal-shaped skating aids for children. Open seven days, weekends and holidays are the busiest. But while you wait your turn, there’s a café and free WiFi.
This pretty outdoor rink is located in Kendall Square’s North Plaza off Athenaeum Street. The rink is usually open December through March, weather permitting. There is a concession with a snack bar, skate rentals, lockers, and skate sharpening. Lessons are available, and the rink can be rented for private events. Make it a day by visiting one of the many tasty Kendall Square eateries before or after you skate.
At Boston Landing in Brighton, this enormous indoor rink is the home of the Boston Bruins. This is where the team trains, but their practice facility is open for public skating for all ages and skill levels. It’s a unique opportunity to skate on the same ice as the hometown ice warriors on a state-of-the-art rink. Dates and times vary—the Bruins sometimes need their practice space outside of the usual schedule—so check the venue website for a current schedule. Season passes and group rates are also available.
This indoor rink—owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)—is a North End staple. It's open seasonally, November through March, and offers water views. There's on-site skate rental and a snack bar serving the usual contenders to keep skaters fuelled. As it's a community hockey arena, check ahead to make sure it isn’t booked for a game or private event. While skating is free, there is a charge for skate rentals.
Winter Skate at Patriot Place at Gilette Stadium offers day and evening public skating. The 60-by-140-foot rink is big enough to accommodate all levels, and the professional surface means conditions are always ideal. For non-skaters, there's an observation deck overlooking the rink. While it's a bit of a trek to get there, Patriot Place offers loads of shopping and dining for a full day outing.
This arched building off Soldiers Field Road in Allston is a private, members-only figure skating club as well as a public rink. Public skating hours are limited though, and you should check ahead of arrival to make sure an event isn’t happening. The public skating sessions are in operation year-round. The club is the third-oldest US Figure Skating club still in existence and has been around in various incarnations for more than a century.
This seasonal, public outdoor rink in Jamaica Plain is very family-friendly, so expect it to be crowded during winter weekends and holidays. One plus is cost: skating is free and skate rentals are cheap (or bring your own for greater savings). There are lessons on Saturdays. Skating begins in mid-December and continues through March, usually. But, as it is an outdoor rink, the schedule fluctuates according to Mother Nature’s whims.