8 Great Places for Outdoor Skating

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine
Worcester Common Oval

One of New England’s time-honored winter traditions is bundling up the family for some frozen fun on the ice. The perfect antidote to wintertime cabin fever, ice skating is suited for all ages and can make for a relatively inexpensive family outing. Of course, there are plenty of indoor arenas, but there’s just something about an open-air rink that’s a winter delight.

Boston Common Frog Pond

Boston Common

The classic city skating experience: an outside glide with unbeatable skyline views. Skate rentals and sharpening,“skating seals” for children who are just learning, lockers and hot cocoa are available on site.

Monday 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Admission based on skaters height: $6 for 58-inches and over, free for under 58-inches, $12 adult skate rentals, $6 kid rentals.

 “Boston Winter” at City Hall Plaza

One City Hall Plaza, Boston

Boston Winter’s unique skating path winds through the plaza. Be sure to snap a pic in front of the insta-worthy BOSTON marquee sign. Check out the website for weekly deals like BOGO Mondays and Tuesdays and half-off specials on Wednesdays.

Monday-Thursday 3-9 p.m., Friday 3-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

$15 adults, $8 kids 5 to 12, free for kids under 5, $8 skate rentals.

Community Ice Skating at Kendall Square

300 Athenaeum St., Cambridge

Just minutes from downtown Boston, this seasonal rink in the heart East Cambridge offers skate rentals, lessons, and private rink rentals. Hot drinks and concessions sold at the snack bar. Locker and skate rentals, skate sharpening and season passes available.

Monday 12-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 12-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

$5 adults, $3 students and seniors, $1 children 13 & under, $8 or $5 skate rentals.

Kelly Skating Rink

1 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain

This outdoor rink right at the center of Jamaica Plain has an urban neighborhood feel. Trains run nearby and music pumps through speakers at this DCR run rink. The best part? The price: free if you bring your own skates.

Sunday-Friday 12-7:30 p.m., Saturday 1-7:30 p.m.

$2 kids skate rentals, $3 adult skate rentals.

Jack Kirrane Skating Rink

23 Newton St., Brookline

Enjoy skating to music during the day or under the lights at night. You can warm up in a heated pavilion after hitting the ice and refuel with hot cocoa and treats from the snack bar.

Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-11:30 a.m., Friday 8-10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 12-5 p.m.

$6 residents, $8 non-residents, free for kids under 2, $6 skate rentals.

MarketStreet Lynnfield Rink

600 Market St., Lynnfield

This classic rink is set at the center of the North Shore’s largest open-air shopping center. The rink is illuminated by snowflake lights and features festive music. A 200-ton refrigeration unit ensures optimal ice temperature, even in warmer temperatures.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4-9 p.m., Wednesday 1-9 p.m., Friday 4-10 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

$8 adults, $6 kids 12 and under, free for kids under 3, $4 skate rentals.

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

2 Patriot Place, Foxborough

Glide across the ice in the shadow of Gillette Stadium. Offering day and evening public skating, Winter Skate also has an observation deck for non-skaters. Onsite skate rentals, concessions and bathrooms are available and parking is free.

Monday-Wednesday 4-9 p.m., Thursday 4-5:45 p.m., Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 9p.m.

$10 adults, $6 children 12 and under, $6 seniors, $5 skate rentals.

Worcester Common Oval

455 Main St., Worcester

The 12,000-square-foot rink, (4,000 square feet larger than the size of the rink at Rockefeller Center) is complete with amenities such as piped-in music, skate rentals, concessions, holiday lights and more.

Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1-6 p.m.

$5 admission, free for kids under 6, $5 skate rentals.