Palmer Square's picturesque ice skating rink is made of synthetic Glice.
Palmer Square's picturesque ice skating rink is made of synthetic Glice.

Top Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in New Jersey

Ice skating season has arrived in New Jersey, offering families a safe, active outdoor activity to keep busy during the colder months. There are several outdoor ice skating rinks in New Jersey where you can take a skating lesson, play hockey, or grab a hot chocolate and go for a spin during a public skating session.

Of course, if you feel like staying indoors, you can always check out our list of the Best Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in New Jersey.

Be sure to click through to the individual rink websites for current hours and COVID precautions. 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 appropriate social distancing. 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.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Northern New Jersey

Charlie Heger Ice Rink – Jersey City

Reopened for skating. (Semi-enclosed, no reservations.)
Also known as Pershing Field, this outdoor rink is covered—so you can skate (or learn to skate) in all types of weather. Bonus: It’s quiet and very affordable. The rink is typically open through mid-March.


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Secaucus Ice Skating Rink is open air
Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $2 at the Secaucus Ice Skating Rink.

Secaucus Ice Skating Rink – Secaucus

Reopened for skating. (Covered rink, no reservations.)
You'll find this rink tucked away in the Meadowlands and located in Buchmuller Park. Since the rink is home to the town's hockey program, public skate sessions are only available Thursdays through Sundays.

The Rink at Bergen County's Winter Wonderland – Paramus

Skating tickets have sold out for the whole season. Unclear if more will be released. (Outdoor rink requires reservations.)
The newly-renovated rink, located in Van Saun Park, is now a full regulation-sized ice rink with plenty of room to distance. Weekdays have one session, while weekends feature two sessions daily. Tickets on Mondays through Wednesdays are buy one, get one free while weekend tickets include free unlimited access to the carousel and train. Masks must be worn, and tickets are sold online.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Central New Jersey

Mercer County Ice Skating Center – West Windsor

Reopened for skating. (Semi-enclosed, no reservations.)
The Mercer County Ice Skating Center at Mercer County Park is open seven days a week through mid-March. Deemed an "open-air, sheltered skating facility," this center also features a full snack bar, fireplace and lounge area, vending machines, skate rentals, and lockers.

Palmer Square Skating Rink – Princeton

Reopened for skating. (Outdoor synthetic rink, no reservations.)
Downtown Princeton is home to this eco-friendly synthetic rink, located behind the Nassau Inn Hotel. Masks are required, and all skaters must sign an electronic waiver to participate. The rink is open Thursdays through Sundays until February 28, 2021.

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Kids take ice skating lessons at Roosevelt Park Family Skating Rink
The Roosevelt Park Family Skating Rink offers a beautiful setting for a skate session. 

Roosevelt Park Family Skating Rink – Edison

2020 update: Not yet open to the public as of December. Visit the website for schedule updates.
Overlooking a scenic lake, this rink offers a beautiful setting. Children under age 7 are required to wear a helmet. The rink is open through March.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks Not Opening for 2020 Season

WinterFest at Cooper River – Pennsauken

This winter wonderland offers skating lessons, rentals, shows, and birthday party packages. Warm up inside the new heated tent with arcade games to enjoy while off the ice.

Ice at the Pier – Long Branch

Twirl away by-the-sea at this iconic ice rink. Open from Thanksgiving through Presidents Day, the 4,500-square-foot rink is located at the heart of Pier Village's bustling boardwalk community.

The Asbury Hotel Ice Rink – Asbury Park

The Asbury Hotel is an awesome shore getaway year-round, with a pool and ocean access in the summer and a pop-up skating rink in the winter. Located behind the hotel, this hidden gem features a fire pit lounge area, food truck, and a bar serving warm drinks and cocktails, plus skate rentals for kids and adults.

Newport Skates – Jersey City

Located in Jersey City’s waterfront community, Newport Skates is the perfect place to skate with kids. The rink is on the smaller side and close to empty or filled with families on weekday afternoons. Season passes, lessons, and group party rates are available.

 Photos courtesy of the rinks.

This post was originally published December 2013 and has since been updated.

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