Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks For Long Island Families
Don't let winter's chill scare you away from outdoor recreation. Long Island's outdoor ice skating rinks are ready to welcome visitors for some wintertime fun.
We've put together a list of seven outdoor ice skating rinks on Long Island that have opened for the season or plan to do so soon. Most are inexpensive and offer skate rentals, as well as lessons for those still mastering their steps and stops. Weather permitting, most of these rinks are open until the beginning of spring, and all are open to the public.
If the weather doesn't cooperate, there are plenty of indoor rinks across Long Island, too, giving families a chance to skate all year long. Find more fun seasonal destinations in our Winter Fun Guide.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Be sure to click through to each venue to verify operating hours and reservation requirements before heading to the rink.
The rink at Christopher Morley Park has delighted skaters since 1961. Photo by LMRose Photography
Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Nassau County
1. Christopher Morley Park – Roslyn
2020 update: The rink is currently awaiting state approval for its season but plans to open soon. Please contact the rink before heading out to confirm availability: (516) 571-8123.
Christopher Morley Park's ice skating rink is a regulation-sized 200-feet-by-80-feet. Open-skating sessions are offered every day, but Thursdays and skate rentals are available.
2. Grant Park Rink – Hewlett
2020 update: Grant Park Rink plans to open for the 2020 season but is still waiting for state approval.
The rink at Grant Park is usually open five days a week but closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It offers night skating on Friday and Saturday nights, and skate rentals are available.
3. Marjorie R. Post Community Park Ice Rink – Massapequa
A Town of Oyster Bay facility, public skating sessions here are held Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. There are expanded public skating sessions during school vacation weeks. Skate rental is available.
4. Syosset-Woodbury Community Park Ice Rink – Syosset
With an easily accessible location not far from major highways, Jericho Turnpike and the Long Island Expressway, this Town of Oyster Bay rink offers FREE skating for kids 2 and younger. Public skating sessions are held Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays with expanded sessions during school vacation weeks.
Top-notch amenities at Buckskill Winter Club make a trip to East Hampton worthwhile.
Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Suffolk County
5. Buckskill Winter Club – East Hampton
Located just north of Montauk Highway, this upscale facility offers public skating seven days a week. It’s pricier than many rinks — admission ranges from $20-$25 — but the amenities are top-notch, and skaters are welcome to stay all day and into the evening. Perks include a cafe with fireplace, changing area, regular ice resurfacing, skate and helmet rentals, and "Helping Hand" skaters to assist young, inexperienced skaters.
6. The Rinx at Harborfront Park – Port Jefferson
2020 update: Pre-registration is required during the 2020-21 season.
Port Jefferson Harbor is beautiful, and Harborfront Park offers a smaller rink with a big view, where you can skate seven days a week. The rink is located in the village center and within walking distance of eateries and other spots to warm up. Lessons are available.
Southampton Ice Rink provides a little cover from the elements.
7. Southampton Ice Rink – Southampton
2020 update: A health screening form is required for entry into the facility.
This semi-enclosed facility, adjacent to Southampton mini-golf and driving range, opened in 2014. It quickly became a South Fork winter destination. The rink is refrigerated so it can remain open when nearby ponds and rivers have melted. As a result, its season extends into April. Amenities include skate rentals, after-school lessons, hockey leagues and more. Public skating sessions are held six days a week; it's closed on Mondays. Skate rentals are available.
A version of this article was first published in 2013. It was updated by writer Kimberly Miller in December 2020.
Photos are courtesy of the rinks.