Although it may not quite feel like winter yet, it is officially December today, which means the holiday season is coming. This means that soon Boston will be covered in snow, and people will be sipping hot cocoa in front of warm fires with their families. And although it may be cold, you should not let that stop you from enjoying the Great Outdoors. This also means, it’s time to ice-skate. Here are five skating rinks in Boston that you should check out!
The Frog Pond is located at the center of the Boston Common, and is a year-round attraction for people to gather near. And in the winter months, the pond is transformed into an outdoor skating rink. In addition to open skating, the pond also hosts a variety of skating shows over the holiday season. For an added bonus, the Boston Common is home to several Christmas trees that surround the pond and brighten up your skating experience. The Frog Pond opens at 10:00 a.m. each day, and stays open until 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. every day except for Mondays, when it closes at 3:45 p.m. Admission is $6 for those 58″ tall and free for those under. In addition, season passes, skate rentals, and skating lessons are all available at additional cost.
Since 2012, Kendall Square in Cambridge has been offering an outdoor community ice-skating rink in a courtyard just off 3rd Street. The landscaped location offers a nice enclave where skate lessons and rentals are available. In addition, the entire rink can be rented out for groups or events. The rink also includes a cafe where hot drinks and snacks are available. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students, and is good for the whole day. Season passes for the rink are also available. The rink opens at 11:00 a.m. on weekends and 12:00 p.m. on weekdays.
For those who prefer indoor skating, head to the North End. The Steriti Memorial Rink has public skating hours every day, and best of all it is completely free. If you don’t have your own skates, rentals are only $5. This rink is known for not being overcrowded, so it is perfect if you are learning to skate or just want more freedom on the rink. The rink also includes large open windows that look right out onto the wharf, so skaters can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without actually having to be outside.
This outdoor rink can be found just off of the Orange Line in Jamaica Plain, and is a very picturesque location for a secluded skating experience. The rink is open daily from 12:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and skating is completely free. For an added bargain, skate rentals are only $2 for adults and $1 for kids. The rink plays Motown and soul music, to accompany and spice up your skating with an added burst of fun.
The Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink is located at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline. Located on Newton Street, this park is one of the most iconic spots in Brookline. This outdoor rink is open for public skating Tuesdays through Sundays, costing $5 for Brookline residents and $7 for non-residents. The rink is also home to a men’s hockey league for dedicated players, or drop-in games for more casual players. For those learning to skate, lessons are available in recreational skating, figure skating, and hockey. The rink can also be rented out for private parties.
Keep in mind that outdoor rinks are subject to the weather conditions, so be sure to check that the rink is open before you head out. Have a good time skating this winter!