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
2020 update: The rink opens for the season on Saturday, November 7. Skating lessons begin on Wednesday, December 2.
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.
Newport Skates – Jersey City
2020 update: The opening date is delayed as of late November.
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.
Bring your own skates or rent a pair for $2 at the Secaucus Ice Skating Rink.
Secaucus Ice Skating Rink – Secaucus
The town reopened and then closed this rink. Stay tuned to the Secaucus town site for updates.
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.
2020 update: The rink opens daily, beginning November 27. Other Winter Wonderland activities have been canceled this year.
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
2020 update: The rink has opened for the season, but no birthday parties or skate rentals are offered this year. Strict COVID-19 protocols have been put in place.
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.
The Asbury Hotel Ice Rink – Asbury Park
2020 update: An opening date has not been set for 2020, and it's unclear whether the rink will operate this winter.
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.
The Roosevelt Park Family Skating Rink offers a beautiful setting for a skate session.
Roosevelt Park Family Skating Rink – Edison
2020 update: Middlesex County officials have not made a decision on whether the rink will open this season. 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.
Photos courtesy of the rinks.
This post was originally published December 2013 and has since been updated.