12 Places to Take Kids Ice Skating for Free in Boston

Visit one of these 11 local ice rinks for free public skating all winter long.

We’re huge fans of the many outdoor ice rinks that open every winter around Boston. But sometimes skating there can get pretty pricey, crowded, and cold. What’s a Boston mom or dad to do? Take the kids to a rink where public ice skating is free! 

Here’s what you need to know to have a fun—and free—time as a family at these 12 ice rinks with free public skating:

The first eight rinks on our list are all managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Free public ice skating at these rinks starts on November 26, so they’re the perfect place to visit when you want to get moving after eating all that turkey and pie.

The public skating schedule for each rink is listed below, but keep in mind that hours will vary on holidays and school vacation weeks. You can keep tabs on those details on the DCR public ice skating schedule webpage. If you’re interested in concessions, we recommend calling the rink before you visit, as the availability and hours vary widely at each location.

DCR Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink

150 Rutherford Ave., Charlestown
(617) 242-9728
Public skating hours: Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Wednesday noon-2 p.m. (public stick time); Thursday noon-2:30 p.m.
Skate rentals: $5 (weekends only)
 
DCR Steriti Memorial Rink
561 Commercial St., North End (Boston)
(617) 523-9327
Public skating hours: Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Monday noon-2:30 p.m.; Tuesday noon-2:30 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-noon (public stick time) and noon-3 p.m.; Thursday noon-2:30 p.m.; Friday noon-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Skate rentals: $5

DCR Murphy Memorial Rink
1880 William J Day Blvd., South Boston
(617) 269-7060
Public skating hours: (large rink) Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday noon-2 p.m.; Wednesday noon-2 p.m.; Thursday noon-2 p.m.; Friday noon-2 p.m. and 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 7 p.m.-9 p.m. // (small rink) Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Monday noon-8 p.m.; Tuesday noon-8 p.m.; Wednesday noon-8 p.m.; Thursday noon- 8 p.m.; Thursday noon- 8 p.m; Friday noon- 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Skate rentals: $5

DCR Devine Memorial Rink
995 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester 
(617) 436-4356
Public skating hours: Sunday 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday noon-2:30 p.m.; Wednesday noon-2:30 p.m.; Thursday noon-2 p.m. (public stick time); Friday noon-2:30 p.m.; Saturday 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Skate rentals: $5 (weekends only)

DCR Bajko Memorial Rink
75 Turtle Pond Pkwy., Hyde Park
(617) 364-9188
Public skating hours: Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday noon-2:30 p.m.; Wednesday noon-2:30 p.m.; Thursday noon-2:30 p.m.: Friday noon-2:30 p.m.
Skate rentals: Not available

DCR Reilly Memorial Rink
355 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton
(617) 277-7822
Public skating hours: Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday noon-2 p.m.; Wednesday noon-2 p.m. (public stick time); Thursday noon-2 p.m.; Friday noon-2 p.m.
Skate rentals: $5 (weekends only)

DCR Kelly Outdoor Rink
1 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain
(617) 727-7000
Open December 10-February 28, weather permitting
Public skating hours: Sunday noon-7:30 p.m.; Monday noon-7:30 p.m.; Tuesday noon-7:30 p.m.; Wednesday noon-7:30 p.m.; Thursday noon-7:30 p.m.; Friday noon-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 
Skate rentals: $2

DCR Connell Memorial Rink
220 Broad St., Weymouth
(781) 335-2090
Public skating hours: Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Monday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Tuesday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Wednesday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Thursday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m.-4 p.m. 
Skate rentals: $5

In addition to the eight DCR rinks, there are three other rinks in the area managed by another entity that have free public skating. Here are the details for those rinks:

Harvard Skate
Harvard Yard, Cambridge
(617) 495-0759
Opens when it's really cold (last season the opening was in January)
Public skating hours: TBA for 2016-2017 season, check website for details
Skate rentals: $5

LoConte Memorial Rink
97 Locust St., Medford
(781) 393-2380
Opens on November 29
Public skating hours: Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon; Wednesday 10 a.m.-noon; Thursday 10 a.m.-noon; Saturday 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (changes may occur due to hockey schedule, check website for updates)
Skate rentals: $5

Shea Memorial Rink
651 Willard St., Quincy
(617) 512-8402
Opens after Thanksgiving, check website for updates
Public skating hours: Sunday 2 p.m.-3:40 p.m.; noon-3:40 p.m.; Thursday noon-1:40 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m.-3:40 p.m.
Skate rentals: $5

Veterans Memorial Rink
571 Somerville Ave., Somerville
(617) 623-3523
Open year-round
Public skating hours: Sunday 3 p.m.-5 p.m.; Monday noon-3 p.m.; Tuesday noon-3 p.m.; Wednesday noon-3 p.m.; Thursday noon-3 p.m.; Friday noon-3 p.m. (hours can vary, check website for updates)
Skate rentals: $5


Top image of kids skating courtesy of Public Affairs Office Fort Wainwright via Flickr.

location: 
DCR Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink
150 Rutherford Ave.
02129 Charlestown , MA 42° 22' 26.832" N, 71° 3' 59.5512" W
Massachusetts
DCR Steriti Memorial Rink
561 Commercial St.
02109 Boston , MA 42° 22' 4.1412" N, 71° 3' 26.2548" W
Massachusetts
DCR Murphy Memorial Rink
1880 William J Day Blvd.
02127 South Boston , MA 42° 20' 13.0524" N, 71° 1' 26.6088" W
Massachusetts
DCR Devine Memorial Rink
995 Morrissey Blvd.
02122 Dorchester , MA 42° 17' 18.8448" N, 71° 2' 41.964" W
Massachusetts
DCR Bajko Memorial Rink
75 Turtle Pond Pkwy.
02136 Hyde Park , MA 42° 14' 54.9672" N, 71° 8' 19.2768" W
Massachusetts
DCR Reilly Memorial Rink
355 Chestnut Hill Ave.
02135 Brighton , MA 42° 20' 13.3008" N, 71° 9' 7.704" W
Massachusetts
DCR Kelly Outdoor Rink
1 Marbury Terrace
02130 Jamaica Plain , MA 42° 19' 4.008" N, 71° 6' 6.4008" W
Massachusetts
DCR Connell Memorial Rink
220 Broad St.
02188 Weymouth , MA 42° 13' 6.384" N, 70° 57' 17.3124" W
Massachusetts
LoConte Memorial Rink
97 Locust St.
02155 Medford , MA 42° 24' 26.8416" N, 71° 5' 40.5672" W
Massachusetts
Shea Memorial Rink
651 Willard St.
02169 Quincy , MA 42° 14' 4.4268" N, 71° 1' 45.0372" W
Massachusetts
Veterans Memorial Rink
571 Somerville Ave.
02143 Somerville , MA 42° 23' 1.7088" N, 71° 6' 29.3616" W
Massachusetts
Harvard Skate
Harvard Yard
02138 Cambridge , MA 42° 22' 27.8184" N, 71° 6' 58.5252" W
Massachusetts