As days get shorter and winter beckons, it's time for spirited schoolkids, toddlers, and teens to get active at one of Long Island's awesome indoor skating rinks. This roundup of our favorite rinks features information on open-skate times, group and private lessons, birthday parties, and sports leagues.
Most of these rinks offer skate rental, but note that some are run by local municipalities that offer discounted fees for residents. Fees and times are as of November 2018.
Of course, if your family prefers to do its skating outdoors, be sure to check out our guide to Long Island’s best outdoor rinks. And for more seasonal fun, check out our winter fun list and our destinations for delicious hot chocolate.
Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink — Great Neck
There are a number of family-friendly skating programs for all age groups available here, including parent-and-me classes for children younger than 3. Other programs include figure skating, private and group lessons, synchronization skating, hockey, and more. Birthday party packages are available. Every Friday between 8 and 10 p.m. is Teen Night, complete with music, club-like lighting, and adult supervision. The heated lounge features a snack bar and fireplace.
Cantaigue Park Ice Rink — Hicksville
Public skating at this central Nassau rink is available every afternoon, including weekends. Nassau County residents pay $9 for adults and $5 for kids, with skate rentals at $5 each. Nonresidents pay $22 for adults and $15 for children. The rink also offers skating lessons, ice hockey camps and clinics, and speed skating.
Freeport Ice Rink — Freeport
This affordable venue has great events, including a Thursday after-school skating special from 3:30-6pm, when skate rental is free. Residents of Freeport enjoy discount passes and activity cards. Friday night Teen Night includes music and skating from 7:30 to 9pm. There are public skating sessions on Saturdays from 1 to 3pm and Sundays from 1:30 to 4:30pm. During the Sunday session, one parent skates free with each child, and kiddie walkers are available. Birthday parties held at the rink can be scheduled through Dover Caterers. Wannabe hockey stars can begin with Arrows Youth Hockey, and figure skating lessons are offered by the Freeport Skating Academy.
Iceland — New Hyde Park
Iceland offers discounts for large groups and frequent skaters, including a 10 public-session pass for $70. Public skate sessions are on Fridays from 3 to 5:30pm; Saturdays from noon to 2:45; and Sundays from 11:15-12:45 and 1 to 3 pm. Admission is $9 for adults and $8 or ages 9 and under, with a $5 charge for skate rental. There is a live DJ on Fridays from 8:30 to 10 pm. Birthday parties at Iceland can be scheduled only during the 11:15-12:45 skate session on Sundays. The cost is $170 for the first 10 kids, and $15 for each additional child with a minimum of 10 kids. Iceland also has a skating school, hockey clinics, hockey camps, and a figure skating club.
Iceworks — Syosset
This former practice home of the New York Islanders is known for its learn-to skate program for kids as young as 2 years old. It also has great hockey classes for "minis" (ages 5-7) Hockey 101 (ages 7-12) and adult hockey development. The Junior Islanders is among the best travel hockey programs.
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The City of Long Beach Municipal Ice Arena is open year round, offering public sessions, learn-to-skate programs, hockey, and more.
Long Beach Ice Rink — Long Beach
Long Beach boasts a snack bar, affordable party room, and multiple weekly public skating sessions. There is a learn-to-skate program on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with half-hour sessions for skaters of all levels ages 4 and older. During public skate sessions, nonresidents of Long Beach pay $9 and children pay $7. Residents can skate for $6 per adult and $4 per child younger than age 12. Skate rentals are $4.
Newbridge Arena — Bellmore
Open seven days a week, this rink is home to Hot Shot Hockey, Long Island’s largest fire and police hockey league. It also offers plenty of public open-skate sessions. Youth hockey programs, private and group lessons, and birthday party packages are available. Also enjoy skating lessons and introduction to hockey programs.
Northwell Health Ice Center — East Meadow
Skate where the Islanders now practice at Eisenhower Park's state-of-the-art facility. Public sessions are usually from 1 to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, with occasional evening hours. Fees are $11 for kids 13 and older, $9 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and younger. Skate rental is $5. The rink has a great pro shop, and birthday parties, including pizza, soda, and skate rentals can be booked. Northwell Health Ice Center also has its own skating school and hockey leagues.
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The Port Washington Skating Center is ideal for beginner and novice skaters.
Port Washington Skating Center — Port Washington
Every Sunday is Family Skating Day at this North Shore rink from 2:15-3:45pm. Skating school and lessons, open-skating sessions, youth and adult hockey leagues, and a variety of party and celebration packages are available.
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Youth hockey leagues play year round at the Town of Oyster Bay facility. That's former New York Ranger Ron Duguay at left.
Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center — Bethpage
This regulation-sized rink is located at Bethpage Community Park and open year round. Skate rentals, public sessions, and group lessons for all ages, youth hockey programs, and birthday party packages are available. Figure skating lessons are offered through the RINX Skating School.
Dix Hills Ice Rink — Dix Hills
Inside the Adirondack-style, Town of Huntington structure is a fabulous rink with a concession stand. Public sessions on weekends run from 11:45am to 1:45pm, and again from 2 to 4pm. There are open-skating sessions on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:45 to 5:45pm, and a Friday session with a DJ from 8:15 to 10:15 pm. The rink offers an ice hockey rec league and skating lessons for ages from mommy-and-me to adult.
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You'll find not one, but two, indoor rinks at The Rinx in Hauppauge, the largest indoor skating facility on Long Island.
The Rinx — Hauppauge
At this Town of Islip facility at Hidden Pond Park, enjoy two sheets of NHL regulation-size ice, party packages, skating schools, hockey camps, and snack bars. Be sure to check out its special events, including its Holiday Show on Ice in December.
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Family-owned Superior Ice Rink offers public skating, hockey, learn-to-skate programs, and more.
Superior Ice Rink — Kings Park
Public sessions at this modern facility are between 12:30 and 2:30pm on weekends, as well as Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm, and on Friday nights from 8:30 to 10pm. The Friday-night session includes a DJ. Admission is $9 for adults; $7 for kids 11 yand younger. Skate rental is $4. Parties are $175 for 10 children and include pizza, skate rentals, and paper goods. Check out the family-owned skate shop, where you can get your skates sharpened.
Writer Rebekah Yahoves contributed to this post, which was updated for 2018.
Photos are courtesy of the facilities.