8 Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks for Kids and Families in and Around Boston

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The City Hall Plaza loop configuration is good for learning. Photo courtesy of Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza

Whether your family is hitting the rink for the very 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 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.

Ice Skating at Boston Common Frog Pond is a winter tradition. Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Boston Common Frog Pond—Boston 

  • Opens November 14, 2017 
  • 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 Boston 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.  

Skate rentals are available at City Hall Plaza. Photo courtesy of Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza

Skating Path at City Hall Plaza—Boston
City Hall Plaza

  • Opens November 24, 2017 
  • Hours through Dec. 31: Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-11pm; Saturday 10am-11pm; Sunday, 10am-9pm; Christmas Eve 10am-4pm, New Year’s Eve 10am-5pm; Closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. Check our site for hours in the new year.
  • Admission: Adult $10, Child (ages 5-12) $8, Child under 5 Free; admission half price for teachers and U.S. military (with ID)
  • T stops: Government Center, Haymarket, State

After a splashy debut last year, City Hall Plaza is once again home to Boston Winter Presented by Berkshire Bank, an open-air holiday festival with pop-up shops and attractions. Among the attractions is a skating path that's almost 11,000 square feet and offers skate rentals and lessons. 

Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink, Brookline

  • Opens December 1, 2017 
  • Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30am-11:30am; Fridays 8pm-10pm; Saturdays 12pm-5pm Sundays 12:00pm-5pm; extended hours on school vacation week
  • 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

  • Season: November 26, 2016 to February 24, 2017
  • 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.

The Kendall Square rink has a distinctive shape good for socializing, and a snack bar. Photo courtesy of Kendall Square

Kendall Square Community Outdoor Ice Skating—East Cambridge

  • Season: November 26, 2016 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. 

Winter Skate at Patriot Place—Foxborough

  • Opens November 10, 2017
  • Hours: Monday-10am-10pm; Thursday 4pm-various times; Friday: 4-10pm, Saturday & School Holidays: 11am-10pm, 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.

MarketStreet Rink—Lynnfield

  • Opens November 9, 2017
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4-9pm; Wednesday 1-9pm; Friday4-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 11am-8pm
  • Admission: Adults $8, Children $6; under 3 free

This 50-by-100-foot rink is nestled in the middle of an upscale shopping center that includes Whole Foods, J. Crew, J.P. Licks (for the best cocoa), and more. The rink plays holiday music and is illuminated by snowflake lights at night. 

The Providence Rink at Alex and Ani City Center—Providence

  • Opening date pending as of 11/24/17; check the rink's website for updates
  • Hours: Daily 10am-10pm​
  • Admission: Adults: $7, Seniors & Children 12 and under: $4

Worth the drive? Yes! Plan a day trip to nearby Providence in the wintertime and make skating at the Providence Rink a highlight. Skate aids are available for little ones who are learning.

Originally published Dec 2011 and updated Dec 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Boston Common Frog Pond
Boston Common
Boston , MA 42° 21' 18.1044" N, 71° 3' 56.2896" W
Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink at Larz Anderson Park
23 Newton St
02476 Brookline , MA 42° 18' 33.9444" N, 71° 8' 7.7064" W
Kelly Outdoor Skating Rink
1 Marbury Terrace
02130 Jamaica Plain , MA 42° 18' 35.0532" N, 71° 6' 54.5148" W
Kendall Square Community Outdoor Ice Skating
300 Atheneum St
02142 Cambridge , MA 42° 21' 52.4952" N, 71° 4' 53.4" W
Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston , MA 42° 21' 22.4064" N, 71° 3' 0.918" W
Boston Winter Skating Path
1 City Hall Square
02108 Boston , MA 42° 21' 37.1916" N, 71° 3' 28.7856" W
Alex and Ani City Center
Two Kennedy Plaza
02903 Providence , RI 41° 49' 29.1648" N, 71° 24' 45.7056" W
Rhode Island