Winter has definitely arrived! Long Islanders don't let the snow and cold temperatures stop them from having their winter fun. That's why we love indoor ice-skating. There are lots of rinks that allow families to enjoy this fun activity without having to endure the winter chill.
Most are well-known for great lesson programs and free-skate time frames where fun activities and music accompanies the skaters. We've rounded up the top indoor rinks on the Island for you. And if you want to experience all of the elements this season, be sure to check out on of LI's many outdoor rinks.
And don't forget to also check out some of the Long Island homes with awesome holiday lights displays, as well as our Long Island Holiday Fun Guide.
Cantiague Park - Hicksville
480 W. John St.
Cantiague’s indoor ice skating rink is a magnificent facility that is used by recreational skaters and hockey teams. The rink has also played host to Olympic gold medalists such as Nancy Kerrigan, who performed there in 2004, and was the New York Islanders' practice facility from 1979 to 1992. Skating lessons are available, as is skate rental. Ice rentals are also available on weekdays. The rink also has a snack bar and bleacher seating.
Dix Hills Ice Rink - Dix Hills
575 Vanderbilt Pkwy
Dix Hills Park Ice Skating Rink was founded in 1993 and is open year-round. Daily lessons are offered and during the week, you likely can just show up and drop into a lesson. Public skating sessions are also offered daily and skate rentals are available. You can also host a birthday party or special event at the rink.
Iceland - New Hyde Park
3345 Hillside Ave
Iceland offers public skating sessions Friday through Sunday, and has a well-organized skating school for future figure skaters and a youth hockey league as well. The rink is also available for party rentals, and frequent clinics are offered for all ages, even Mom and Dad. Around holiday time, the rink offers skating with Santa and Iggy the Penguin.
Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink - Great Neck
65 Arrandale Ave. (in the Parkwood Sports Complex)
This renovated indoor rink with an outdoor feel (it's really cold in there!) is home to the Great Neck youth hockey program and also offers figure-skating and ice-skating lessons, as well as public skating and holiday skate camps. Click here for a schedule of public skate times.
Freeport Recreation Center Ice Rink - Freeport
130 E. Merrick Rd.
Freeport’s ice rink has public skating sessions, lessons and a youth hockey league. It hosts birthday parties and family skating nights. All children 8 and under are required to wear a helmet, which is supplied by the Recreation Center. Click here for the public-skating schedule.
Long Beach Ice Arena - Long Beach
150 W. Bay Dr.
This arena, which was closed for several months after Hurricane Sandy, has re-opened and hosts lessons, a hockey league and birthday parties. Click here for the public skate schedule.
Port Washington Family Skating Center - Port Washington
70 Seaview Blvd.
This great indoor rink is open year-round and features lessons, hockey leagues and camps, and exhibitions and hosts birthday parties. Click here for the schedule for public skating.
The Rinx - Hauppauge
660 Terry Rd.
Long Island’s largest ice rink facility, The Rinx features two indoor rinks. It offers lessons, leagues, and at least one public-skating session a day, and hosts birthday parties. Other special events include "Rock-n-roll" skate on Friday nights. Click here for the public-skating schedule.
Superior Ice Rink - Kings Park
270 Indian Head Rd.
This hockey-heavy rink offers skating lessons, hockey leagues, public-skating sessions and birthday parties. Click here for the public-skating schedule.
The Huntington Winter Club - Huntington
486 W. Main St.
Call 631-421-3889 for membership rates
This is a private recreational facility with a great rink. It offers lessons and a hockey league. Call for more information.
Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center - Bethpage
Bethpage Community Park, 1001 Stewart Ave.
This NHL-regulation-size rink offers all of usual amenities of an ice rink—lessons, public skating sessions, hockey leagues—and then some, including a brick fireplace.
Islanders Iceworks - Syosset
175 Underhill Blvd.
The official practice facility of the Islanders, Iceworks offers a well-organized learn-to-skate program, as well as hockey leagues and freestyle figure skating. It also offers one of the few girls’ hockey programs, as well as open hockey for adults in the evenings. It doesn't, however, offer open-skate sessions.
Newbridge Arena - Bellmore
2600 Newbridge Road
This local rink offers figure skating, group lessons, youth ice hockey leagues and birthday party rentals and an adult hot-shot hockey league. Click here for the open skate time schedule.
Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower Park - East Meadow
200 Merrick Ave.
Offers camps and clinics, figure skating, hockey 101, hockey leagues and learn to skate sessions. Click here for daily open skate schedules.