Looking for the best indoor ice skating rinks in Westchester? Read on for top options throughout the county.
Whether it's winter or summer, many of us have kids who are eager to lace up. To help you out, we've got the scoop on indoor ice skating rinks in Westchester.
Ice skating is rapidly becoming one of my family's favorite activities. We are happy to find active ways to enjoy the cold weather. Some rinks are geared more toward the budding 3-year-old hockey star and some are better places for birthday parties. Read on for the scoop on indoor (or covered) rinks in Westchester.
Check out our rundown on workouts for Westchester families to try together and other fun activity ideas in our Guide to Sports Centers, Gyms, & Fun Zones for Westchester Kids.
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Top Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in Westchester
This three-level, 90,000-square-foot facility has two regulation-size hockey rinks and a studio rink. In addition, you'll find a full-service pro shop, restaurant, bar, fitness center, and seasonal outdoor batting cages. Brewster Arena also offers youth and adult hockey programs, birthday parties, ice skating, and figure skating lessons. Check the schedule online before heading out.
Tucked behind 287 and the White Plains Housing Authority, this rink carries more of the feel of Delfino Park and the neighborhood to which it belongs, than a skating academy. That said, it does host clinics and feature lessons. A fixture of White Plains for nearly 60 years, the rink is a fun place for families to come and skate. Discounts are offered for White Plains residents. Check the website for more details and a full schedule.
Located behind Hommocks Middle School (you have to drive all the way back behind the school to the end of the parking lot to get close to it), this rink offers all the usual academy-type programs and attracts families hoping to interest their children in skating. It's a standard rink with a bit of character (my children loved the Christmas lights) and it's well-maintained. There is a utilitarian snack bar and the place has a fun feel to it. Public skating is only closed on Wednesdays, and the hours are very good. The rink also offers season passes and discounts for residency. Call the rink or view its brochure online for details, pricing, and a full schedule.
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Take a spin or a lesson at PlayLand Ice Casino. Photo courtesy of PlayLand
The Ice Casino at Playland Park is a popular destination for families. With two large rinks, plus a small rink only for kids 7 and under, this is a great place for novice and seasoned skaters to enjoy time on the ice. In addition to public skating, Ice Casino has youth and adult hockey leagues, offers ice skating and figure skating lessons, and hosts birthday parties and corporate events. There is also a cafe with standard fare like pizza and hot dogs. Check the website for the schedule and pricing.
The Ice Hutch offers lessons, public skating, ice hockey, and figure skating sessions. Public skate sessions take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays—check the website for details, schedule, and pricing. The rink also hosts birthday parties.
This place has been a community staple since 1960, and there are regulars who talk with nostalgia about it. It is a covered rink and is a great place for parties. The open skate hours are very narrow windows on only a handful of days so be sure to call ahead or check their website for a full schedule.
This is the place my children and I usually frequent. It's pretty easy to find, professionally maintained and staffed, and has very good hockey and learn-to-skate programs. This is a child athlete's rink, but I have also been impressed with the friendliness and responsiveness of the staff. When the skate rentals left a lot to be desired, I communicated my concerns to the staff and received 3 passes to skate again free, rentals included. There are lots of families frequenting the rink and everyone is always friendly. Check the website for details on the rates and a full schedule of public skate times.
Originally published in 2018; Tom Stefanchik contributed additional reporting.