Moms and dads, button your overcoats and grab your hats, because it’s time for outdoor ice skating. Enjoy the crisp winter air and a delicious cup of hot chocolate as you take part in a fantastic activity with the entire family.
From Roslyn all the way to the East End, we've compiled a list of the best outdoor skating rinks on Long Island. Most are inexpensive, offer simple amenities, including skate rentals and snacks, and lessons for toddlers through adults. Weather permitting, most of these rinks open in late November and remain operational until mid-March. They are all open to the public without residency restrictions, but admission can be higher for nonresidents.
There are also quite a few indoor rinks across Long Island, so if the weather is too cold or wet or if it's the offseason, families still can strap on skates and have fun.
Christopher Morley Park — Roslyn
The rink at Christopher Morley County Park has been a popular Nassau County destination since 1966. It’s a regulation-sized 200 feet by 80 feet. Open-skating sessions are offered six days a week, and individual or group skating lessons are available. To warm up, take a seat inside in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. Skate rental is available.
Grant Park Rink — Hewlett
Another Nassau County park, the rink at Grant Park is open daily with night skating from 7 to 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Skate rental is available.
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. Individual and group lessons and skate rental are available.
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. The rink sits just inside the park with an on-site snack shop that serves seasonal favorites on the weekends and occasionally during the week.
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 $14 to $17 weekdays and $18 to $27 on weekends — 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 balancing aids for novice skaters.
Mitchell Park Ice Rink — Greenport
Located in downtown Mitchell Park, which also houses the village's century-old carousel, this outdoor rink on the waterfront offers public skating sessions 3-5pm Mondays to Fridays and 11am-5:30pm on weekends and holidays. Skate rentals and lessons are available. The rink traditionally closes in late February.
The Rinx at Harborfront Park — Port Jefferson
Port Jefferson Harbor is beautiful, and Harborfront Park offers a smaller rink with a big view. You can skate for an hour and a half any day, seven days a week. It also offers rink rentals for parties. The rink is located in the center of the village and within walking distance to eateries and other spots to warm up. Lessons and locker rental are available for all ages.
Southampton Ice Rink — Southampton
This facility, adjacent to the Southampton mini-golf and driving range, opened in 2014 and 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.
The rink at Tanger Outlet at the Arches is a mid-Island destination for skaters, and shoppers.
Tanger Outlet Ice Rink at the Arches — Deer Park
Surrounded by stores and restaurants, including a kid fave, Johnny Rockets, the whole family can enjoy skating at this shopping mecca. Admission is $10 and skate rentals are $4. Teens can show their school ID for discounted skating on Tuesdays; there’s also a DJ on Friday nights. Children younger than 5 skate free. Join the TangerClub and skate rental is free. Party packages and skate lessons are available. Open-skating hours vary; see the website for the current schedule.
This post was originally published December 14, 2013 and was updated January 2017.
To photo: The rink at Christopher Morley Park, a Nassau County facility, has delighted skaters since 1966. Photo by LMRose Photography. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the rinks.