Looking to take the kids ice skating, Boston families? Check out these seasonal outdoor and indoor rinks that bring the fun
When it comes to winter sports, Boston has lots. A snowy day will find families out sledding or tubing or heading out of town for a weekend getaway that includes skiing. But when it comes right down to it, ice skating is a way of life for many Boston kids. Whether yours want to get out on the ice to practice swizzles, crossovers, or slapshots, we’ve got eleven of the best Boston ice skating rinks for area families on our list. Outdoor, indoor, even in their socks, these are the places families can take advantage of Boston’s wintry weather and enjoy some time on the ice this season. Grab your skates, and let’s get going.
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Boston’s Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Are Open for the Season
1. Boston Common Ice Skating Rink at Frog Pond
Everyone’s favorite place to ice skate, the Frog Pond Boston Common ice skating rink is open for the 2022-23 season. The rink is open to skaters seven days a week, starting at 10 a.m. each morning. In addition to providing a scenic place to skate—the lights in Boston Common make it especially magical this time of year—families can rent anything they need for a successful skate session at the rink. Lockers, skates, and Bobby the skate seal skate aid are available. Here’s the best part for families—admission to the rink is based on height. Anyone under 58” skates for free, so bring the brood for a super cool family outing. Don’t forget to end your session with a cup of hot cocoa and a Belgium waffle before heading home.
38 Beacon St.
2. Skate @ Canal District Kendall
On the other side of the Charles River, hugging the MIT campus in Cambridge is where you’ll find this popular ice skating rink that usually opens in mid-December. It’s the place to go if you want to learn how to skate. They offer five-week sessions for kids through adults and private lessons for those looking for one-on-one time with a skilled coach. But if you just want to come out and practice your crossovers, this rink is open seven days a week, and offers both figure skating and ice hockey skate rentals.
Insider Tip: If ice skating is going to be your family’s thing this winter, consider purchasing a Family Season Admission and/or rental to save some cash.
300 Athenaeun St.
3. Kelly Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
With plans to open on December 17, families flock to this Jamaica Plain rink every year. Free ice skating is probably one of the reasons (skate rentals are available for just a few bucks), and the ice skating lessons are another. If you’ve got a kiddo age 5 or older who wants to learn how to skate, register for the Saturday sessions (January 7 to February 25, 2023) to take advantage of this program. The suggested donation is $80.
1 Marbury Terrace
Jamaica Plain, MA
4. Rink at 401 Park
This outdoor rink, now in its third year, is already open for public ice skating sessions. You can get a ticket online before you head over, or buy yours when you get there. Either way, you and the kids will have a great time making the rounds at this Boston ice skating rink. They have skates available to rent, and skate aids (first come, first served) for kids.
Insider Tip: If you want to change up your workout routine, parents, try the ice flow yoga here.
401 Park Dr.
5. Kirrane Skating Rink at Larz Anderson
Another favorite rink for local families, Kirrane Skating Rink hasn’t opened yet for the season. But when they do, expect public skate sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through Sundays, so you and the kids have plenty of opportunities to get out on the ice. Skate rentals are available, and you can get tickets online or at the rink. Kids will appreciate the warming hut and hot cocoa (and other snacks) available for purchase at this rink.
23 Newton St.
Good to Know:
1. Before heading to an outdoor Boston ice skating rink, please call ahead or check the rink’s social media to confirm availability. Many close due to inclement weather.
2. Many of these seasonal outdoor rinks host special events all season long. Follow them on social media for all the details.
3. Due to construction, Winter Skate at Patriot Place will not be open for the 2022-23 ice skating season.
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6. Murphy Memorial Skating Rink
A Southie winter activity go-to for at least a generation, this Boston ice skating spot has two rinks to use. Bring your skates or rent them here. They’ve got skate aids for the kids too. The rink is now open for public skate sessions, and stays open until March 1, 2023. Plus, after your kids have made the rounds, they’ve got a snack bar to hit so everyone can refuel.
1880 William Jay Day Blvd.
7. Warrior Ice Arena
If you want to skate where the pros skate (Go Bruins!), this is the place to go ice skating, Boston families. While the public ice skating sessions here are popular (hint: they have all-ages public ice hockey sessions, too), Learn to Play Hockey and Learn to Skate Programs are the real draw for parents and kids. Another amazing perk for families? Birthday parties. It’s a really cool way to celebrate your kiddo any time of year.
90 Guest St.
8. Steriti Memorial Skating Rink
Another Boston ice skating hot spot, this DCR-managed rink is open to skaters through March 19, 2023. Although the public skate hours are somewhat limited here (just a few hours a day), the trade off is that you can skate for for free. Rentals are just $5. So all in all, planning a family day here isn’t going to be too expensive. Just remember to check the public skate schedule before heading over.
561 Commercial St.
9. Simoni Ice Arena
If you’re looking for a spot to practice your edges, turns, and hops, this indoor rink in Cambridge should do the trick. Although it’s usually only open for public skating on weekday afternoons (hello, February break week activity), Sunday skate sessions are also (usually) available here. Consider this public rink another easy spot to take the kids ice skating without breaking the bank.
155 Gore St.
10. Porrazzo Ice Skating Rink
Looking to just jump on the ice for a few hours on a random weekday? Look no further than this Boston ice skating spot. The schedule changes weekly, but public skate hours are usually Mondays through Fridays. Plus, the cost to both skate and rent skates here is pretty minimal, so you can bring the kids and a friend or two for a low-cost winter activity.
199 Coleridge St.
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11. Boston Children’s Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum is celebrating winter in the most snowmazing way—with a polar playground, winter characters, an authentic sleigh, and—what we’re pretty sure will be your kid’s new favorite winter sport—sock skating. This special rink opened as part of the exhibit December 4 and has plans to run all winter long. Don’t forget to put special events, like Cocoa and Character Days and Ice Sculpture Carving on your calendar now.
308 Congress St.