Indoor ice skating is a fun way to take part in a winter activity without exposing yourself to the elements. Happily, there are many indoor rinks throughout the Garden State. We've focused on those that host public skate sessions, but most of them also offer skating lessons, hockey, birthday parties, and more. Read on for our indoor rink recommendations for NJ families—and for more wintry sports, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.
Aspen Ice Arena – Randolph
Aspen Ice Arena, which opened in 2004, offers daily public skating hours, as well as lessons, hockey, figure skating, birthday parties, and even summer camp. See pricing here.
Clary Anderson Arena – Montclair
This family-friendly arena has public skating hours seven days a week. It also hosts birthday parties and offers a variety of lessons, including Mommy/Daddy and Me classes for kids ages 3–5. The Clary Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner options as well as snacks and beverages. See hours and pricing details here.
The Codey Arena is located next to the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.
Codey Arena – West Orange
Part of the Essex County Park System, this arena was renovated in 2005 and features meeting rooms, a concession stand, pro shop, and arcade. Public skating is available daily. The schedule changes monthly, so be sure to check the calendar. See pricing details here.
Floyd Hall Arena – Little Falls
With public skating sessions, freestyle skating, open hockey, leagues, lessons, adult programs, and group outings and birthday parties, this rink has it all. Public skating is offered throughout the week, with more sessions during the holidays and adult skating sessions at night. See current pricing here.
Fritz Dietl Ice Rink – Westwood
Conveniently located in Westwood, this family-owned and -operated skating rink offers year-round skating for all ages and abilities. It is both the birthplace and home of the North Jersey Figure Skating Club. See pricing and hours of operation here.
Ice House — Hackensack
With four regulation-size NHL rinks, Ice House is the largest facility of its kind in the Tri-State area. It has a full-service food court, party rooms, and meeting rooms, as well as one of the largest full-service hockey and skating pro shops in the New York-New Jersey area. See public skating hours and admission here.
Ice Vault Arena – Wayne
With two rinks operating year round, this venue offers lessons, birthday parties, and competitive skating. Public skating is available on certain weekdays and weekends. See pricing here.
Mennen Sports Arena – Morristown
As part of the ever-growing Morris Country Parks Commission, this sports arena offers year-round skating, group lessons, hockey clinics, figure skating clubs, and birthday parties. See pricing and public skate schedules here.
Richard J. Korpi Ice – Bayonne
Located on the campus of Bayonne High School, this indoor rink is home to the Bayonne Rangers. It offers lessons, hockey, and group rentals. See admission and rental pricing here.
Skylands Ice World – Stockholm
This family-friendly rink is the perfect place to beat the cold weather. Skating camps, hockey, and parties are offered, along with Friday night ice jams and synchronized skating. Lessons are available for all levels, from preschool to adults. Public skating takes place daily in the afternoons, and two sessions are offered on the weekends. See the current schedule and pricing here.
Union Sports Arena – Union
Union Sports Arena is great for family outings, skating lessons, parties, event hosting, and hockey. The Living Room Café is open daily and offers hot beverages, snacks, big comfy couches, free WiFi, and DirecTV. See pricing and rentals here.
Warinanco Ice Skating Center – Roselle
Warinanco Rink will be closed for renovations during the 2016/2017 skating season.
Located within Union County’s Warinanco Park, this ice rink offers lessons, hockey clinics, special events, and more. Public skating hours vary; see pricing and open skate details here.
The Arenas at Woodbridge Community Center – Woodbridge
This rink has it all—ice skating, in-line skating, and roller skating. The arenas host ice skating birthday parties with options like pizza, chicken nuggets, and Carvel ice cream cakes. (Its Dynamic Party Package includes both ice skating and roller skating.) Figure skating, ice skating, and roller skating lessons are offered as well. See public ice skating schedule and pricing here.
Flemington Ice Arena – Flemington
Formerly known as Aspen Ice, the Flemington Arena is a full-sized NHL ice rink offering lessons, hockey, parties, and more. It is open year-round and includes a pro shop on site. Public skating is offered daily and times changes weekly. See admission, schedules, and rental fees here.
Howell Ice Arena – Farmingdale
Located in the Howell Athletic Center Complex, the arena is home to two indoor rinks: one full-size rink and one half-size rink dubbed "The Pond." In addition to public skating, it offers skating lessons, figure skating, hockey, and birthday parties. Public skating times vary, so be sure to check the calendar.
Ice Land – Hamilton
Ice Land offers regular public skating Friday–Sunday, when you can skate to music and synchronized laser lighting. Figure skating, hockey, and lessons are also available. See pricing and schedule here.
The Igloo Ice Rink at Mount Laurel – Mt. Laurel
This state-of-the-art ice skating facility offers group and individual instruction for ice hockey and figure skating, as well as an arcade, snack bar, birthday parties, and corporate meetings. See pricing and schedules here.
In addition to a robust hockey programs, ProtecHockey offers public skate sessions on its three rinks.
ProtecHockey Ponds Ice Center – Somerset
This state-of-the-art facility provides lessons and activities in hockey, ice skating and more. A full-service café is available, as well as a pro shop. See pricing and public skate hours here.
Red Bank Armory Ice Complex – Red Bank
This ice complex offers public skating, open hockey times, lessons, leagues, training, parties, and various activities through the winter months. There is also an onsite pro shop. See pricing here.
Flyers Skate Zone, the official training facility of the Philadelphia Flyers, offers open skate sessions seven days a week.
Flyers Skate Zone – Atlantic City
Better known as the official training facility of the Philadelphia Flyers, this area has open skate seven days a week. Hockey camps and clinics, leagues, figure skating, lessons, a snack zone, and pro shop are all available. See pricing and rentals here.
Hollydell Ice Arena – Sewell
This arena offers figure skating, lessons, and hockey, as well as a pro shop and Olympic- and NHL-size rinks. See public skating schedule here.
Ocean Ice Palace – Brick
New Jersey film buffs may remember this ice rink from Kevin Smith’s 1997 film Chasing Amy. The Ice Palace offers clinics, lessons, leagues, summer camps, parties, tournaments, and open stick time. See admission and public skating schedules here.
Top photo: Mennen Sports Arena. All photos courtesy of the rinks.
Originally published 2013. Updated December 2016.