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 skating rink websites for current hours and COVID precautions as rules are constantly changing.
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Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Northern New Jersey
Charlie Heger Ice Rink – Jersey City
Open through Sunday, March 6, 2022
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. Hours vary, check the website for more detailed information.
Bring your own skates or rent a pair at the Secaucus Ice Skating Rink.
Secaucus Ice Skating Rink – Secaucus
See the website for current hours and season schedule
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. Hours are 7:30pm-9:30pm7:30pm each day, with additional hours on weekend afternoons.
Open through Sunday, February 20, 2022
The newly-renovated rink, located in Van Saun Park, is home to a regulation-size ice rink with plenty of room to distance. Tickets to Winter Wonderland are available online and include access to ice-skating, skate rentals, the North Pole Dome, kids games, a heated pavilion tent, food trucks, beer and wine garden, the carousel, and the train before 3pm.
The Roosevelt Park Family Skating Rink offers a beautiful setting for a skate session.
Roosevelt Park Family Skating Rink – Edison
Open through Sunday, March 27, 2022
Overlooking a scenic lake, this rink offers a beautiful setting for skating. It offers open ice-skating, lessons, skate rentals, and sharpening. Children under age 7 are required to wear a helmet (it recommends everyone wear a helmet). The rink is open from November through March. Wednesdays through Sundays, hours vary. Cash and credit card are accepted.
Newport Skates – Jersey City
Open through Sunday, March 13, 2022
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.
Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Central New Jersey
Mercer County Ice Skating Center – West Windsor
Open through at least Monday, January 31, 2022; check the website for current hours
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 skating rink also features a full snack bar, fireplace and lounge area, vending machines, skate rentals, and lockers.
Palmer Square Skating Rink – Princeton
Open through Sunday, February 27, 2022
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 skating rink is open Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets are sold at the door only.
WinterFest at Cooper River – Pennsauken
Open through Sunday, February 20, 2022
This winter wonderland offers skating lessons, rentals, shows, and birthday party packages. Warm up inside a new heated tent filled with arcade games to enjoy while off the ice. The rink is open Thursdays through Sundays. Skating, skate rentals, and sharpening are available, as well as food. Masks are strongly suggested indoors (regardless of vaccination status) and suggested for outdoor when social distancing is not possible.
Ice at the Pier – Long Branch
Open through Monday, February 28, 2022
Twirl away by-the-sea at this iconic ice rink. The 4,500-square-foot rink is located at the heart of Pier Village's bustling boardwalk community. It offers skating, shopping, food, and drink. It offers tickets by the session and is offering a very limited number of season passes and family packs this year. Open daily, hours vary, so please check the website for more details!
Photos courtesy of the rinks.
This post was originally published in December 2013 and has since been updated.