Whether your family is trying ice skating for the first time or your kids have already taken several ice skating lessons, gliding on one of the outdoor ice skating rinks around Boston can be a fun, affordable way for families to get outside and stay active in the wintertime. Read on for some of our favorite rinks in the Greater Boston area, with offerings like gorgeous city views and snack bars where you can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.
We recommend checking the rinks' official websites to verify the public skating hours haven't changed or been affected by the weather.
Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston
Boston Common, Boston
- Season: Opens December 4, 2015
- Hours: Mon 10am-3:45pm, Tue-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm. Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing.
- Admission: Admission price based on skater’s height: 58-inches and over: $6; Under 58-inches: free. Season and lunchtime passes available.
- Nearest T stop: Park Street Station.
Set in the heart of the historic Common, the Frog Pond is packed with energy and rimmed by trees and some of Boston's most iconic buildings. Skate rentals and sharpening available. There’s a café for snacking and hot cocoa is available at the rental station.
Skating Under the Rotunda - Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston
70 Rowes Wharf, Boston
- Season: Opens November 27, 2015
- Hours: December-March; Weekdays 3pm-8pm, Weekends 10am-8pm
- Admission: Adults $10, Children $5
Skate under the arch of the Boston Harbor Hotel’s iconic Rotunda (pictured) with views of the Boston harbor on one side and the city's skyscrapers on the other. The rink is open to the public and available for private parties and special events. Warming room and skate rentals on-site, season passes available. Just inside the hotel, Rowe's Wharf Grille offers a delightful afternoon tea (gluten-free available, too!).
Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink at Larz Anderson Park, Brookline
23 Newton St. Brookline MA 02476
- Season: November 30, 2015 - March 6, 2016.
- Hours vary, check website for public skating schedule.
- Admission: nonresident adult $7, resident adult $5; nonresident child (17 & under) $5, resident child $3.
Located in stately, pastoral, 64-acre Larz Anderson Park, the Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink offers a snack bar, therapeutic skating, skating lessons, season passes, skate rentals and sharpening. When there’s snow on the ground, there's also nearby sledding.
Kelly Outdoor Skating Rink, Jamaica Plain
1 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
- Season: December 2015 - March 13, 2016
- Hours: Sunday – Friday 12:00pm - 7:30pm, Saturday 1:00pm - 7:30pm. Schedule is weather dependent.
- Admission: Free
- Nearest T station: Stony Brook stop on the Orange Line. Parking is available in the lot at the end of Marbury Terrace.
Some might say that the best thing here is the price, while others appreciate the family and neighborhood atmosphere. Neighborhood children practice skating to the sound of Motown and soul music pulsing out of the speakers. Low cost skate rentals are available. Note that the 100’ by 65’ rink can get crowded at times. Lessons are offered on Saturdays.
This rink is run by the DCR; visit its website for a complete list of DCR indoor and outdoor skating rinks.
Kendall Square Community Outdoor Ice Skating, East Cambridge
300 Athenaeum St. Cambridge MA 02142
- Season: December to mid-March
- Hours: Monday 12-5pm, Tuesday-Thursday 12-8pm, Friday 12-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
- Admission: $5 adults; $3 Students/ Seniors: $1 children 13 and under
- T stop: Red Line – Kendall St. MIT/ validated parking also available
Tucked right off of Third Street in Kendall Square, the Kendall Square Community Skating Rink has a modern feel with its amoeba-shaped rink and well-groomed ice. Locker rentals, skate rentals, skate sharpening, season passes, and a snack bar are all available.
The Rink at the Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, Cambridge - CLOSED FOR 2015-2016 SEASON
1 Bennett St. Cambridge MA 02138
- Season: Closed for the 2015-2016 season
- T Stop: Red Line – Harvard Square.
Nestled in the courtyard of the Charles Hotel, this 2,900 square foot rink has a storybook charm that can be ideal for the youngest children. Private lessons for one or two children are available at the Rink at the Charles Hotel by appointment. Call for details.
Evidently, the Grinch stole part of the rink. Thanks to him, the rink is, unfortunately, closed for this 2015-16 season.
Winter Skate at Patriot Place, Foxborough
- Season: Opens Thanksgiving weekend
- Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4pm-6:30pm, Tuesda:y 4-5:30pm, Friday: 4pm-11pm, Saturday & School Holidays: 11am-11pm, Sunday: 11am-9pm
- Admission: Adults: $8, Seniors & Children 12 and under: $6; $2 off admission price with a coat donation to Cradles to Crayons
The 60-by-140-foot, refrigerated ice surface is designed specifically for recreational skating, non-contact hockey and figure skating. The rink features an observation deck for non-skaters. It is large enough to accommodate beginners and experts alike. On-site skate rentals, concessions and bathrooms are available, and parking is free.
Originally published Dec 2011 and updated Dec 2013, 2014 & 2015