Winter has definitely arrived! Long Islanders don't let the snow and cold temperatures stop them from having their winter fun. That's why we love indoor ice-skating. There are lots of rinks that allow families to enjoy this fun activity without having to endure the winter chill. Most are well-known for great lesson programs and free-skate time frames where fun activities and music accompanies the skaters. We've rounded up the top indoor rinks on the Island for you. And if you want to experience all of the elements this season, be sure to check out on of LI's many outdoor rinks.
480 W. John St, Hicksville
Rates: Nassau County residents with a Leisure Pass, $7, Children 17 and under, $5; Nonresidents, $20; Children 17 and under, $14. Skate rental, $5
Cantiague’s indoor ice skating rink is a magnificent facility that is used by recreational skaters and hockey teams. The rink has also played host to Olympic gold medalists such as Nancy Kerrigan, who performed there in 2004, and was the New York Islanders' practice facility from 1979 to 1992. Skating lessons are available, as is skate rental. Ice rentals are also available on weekdays until 3pm, with fees of $415 per hour for proprietary groups and $325 for nonprofits. The rink also has a snack bar and bleacher seating.
Dix Hills Ice Rink
575 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills
Rates: Town of Huntington residents with a Recreation ID, $7.50; Teens, $7; Children, $6; Seniors, $5; Adults, $9.50. Without ID, $12; Teens, children, and seniors, $9; Adults, $12. Skate rental, $4.
Dix Hills Park Ice Skating Rink was founded in 1993 and is open year-round. Daily lessons are offered and during the week, you likely can just show up and drop into a lesson. Public skating sessions are also offered daily and skate rentals are available. You can also host a birthday party or special event at the rink.
3345 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park
Rates: Admission $7-$8. Skate rental, $4
Iceland offers public skating sessions Friday through Sunday, and has a well-organized skating school for future figure skaters and a youth hockey league as well. The rink is also available for party rentals, and frequent clinics are offered for all ages, even Mom and Dad. Around holiday time, the rink offers skating with Santa and Iggy the Penguin.
Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink
65 Arrandale Ave. (in the Parkwood Sports Complex), Great Neck
Rates: Great Neck residents with Park Card, $7; Children and seniors, $5; Nonresidents, $10; Children, $6. Skate rental, $3.50.
This renovated indoor rink with an outdoor feel (it's really cold in there!) is home to the Great Neck youth hockey program and also offers figure-skating and ice-skating lessons, as well as public skating and holiday skate camps. Click here for a schedule of public skate times.
Freeport Recreation Center Ice Rink
130 E. Merrick Rd., Freeport
Rates: Freeport residents, $6; Children, $5; Seniors, $4. Nonresidents, $8; Children, $6; Seniors, $5. Skate rental, $4.
Freeport’s ice rink has public skating sessions, lessons and a youth hockey league. It hosts birthday parties and family skating nights ($20 for a family of four, includes skate rental). All children 8 and under are required to wear a helmet, which is supplied by the Recreation Center. Click here for the public-skating schedule.
Long Beach Ice Arena
150 W. Bay Dr., Long Beach
Rates: $8; Children, $6; Seniors, $5; with resident discount pass, $6; Children and seniors, $4. Skate rental, $4.
This arena, which was closed for several months after Hurricane Sandy, has re-opened and hosts lessons, a hockey league and birthday parties. Click here for the public skate schedule.
Port Washington Family Skating Center
70 Seaview Blvd., Port Washington
Rates: $8. Skate rental, $4. A discount pass is available for frequent skaters
This great indoor rink is open year-round and features lessons, hockey leagues and camps, and exhibitions and hosts birthday parties. Click here for the schedule for public skating.
660 Terry Rd.,Hauppauge
Admission: Weekdays: $10.50; Friday night, $13; Children, $8; Seniors, $4.50. Weekends, holidays and school vacation days: $11.50; Children, $9; Seniors, $5.50. (Islip residents with recreation card receive $1 off adult admission.) Skate rental, $5.50.
Long Island’s largest ice rink facility, The Rinx features two indoor rinks. It offers lessons, leagues, and at least one public-skating session a day, and hosts birthday parties. Other special events include "Rock-n-roll" skate on Friday nights. Click here for the public-skating schedule.
Superior Ice Rink
270 Indian Head Rd., Kings Park
Admission: $8, Friday night, $11; Children (4-11), $6; Children 3 and under and seniors, $5 (includes skate rental). Skate rental $3.
This hockey-heavy rink offers skating lessons, hockey leagues, public-skating sessions and birthday parties. Click here for the public-skating schedule.
The Huntington Winter Club
486 W. Main St., Huntington
Call 631-421-3889 for membership rates
This is a private recreational facility with a great rink. It offers lessons and a hockey league. Call for more information.
Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center
Bethpage Community Park, 1001 Stewart Ave., Bethpage
Rates: Town residents: $6; Children(5-17), $5; Seniors, volunteer firefighters and auxiliary police officers, $4. Nonresidents: $10; Children (5-17), $7; Seniors, volunteer firefighters and auxiliary police officers, $5. Children (2-4), $2; Children under 2 free. Skate rental $4.
This NHL-regulation-size rink offers all of usual amenities of an ice rink—lessons, public skating sessions, hockey leagues—and then some, including a brick fireplace.
175 Underhill Blvd., Syosset
The official practice facility of the Islanders, Iceworks offers a well-organized learn-to-skate program, as well as hockey leagues and freestyle figure skating. It also offers one of the few girls’ hockey programs, as well as open hockey for adults in the evenings. It doesn't, however, offer open-skate sessions.
2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore
Rates: Town of Hempstead Park District, $6; Town of Hempstead, $7; Resident seniors, first responders and military, $3.50; Children under 5 are free. Skate rental, $4
This local rink offers figure skating, group lessons, youth ice hockey leagues and birthday party rentals and an adult hot-shot hockey league. Click here for the open skate time schedule.