Long Islanders usually don't let the snow and cold temperatures keep them from their winter fun. But for those really blustery, frigid days, we've rounded up the many local indoor ice skating rinks so you can glide for hours without worrying about pink cheeks and numb toes.
Most of these rinks offer skate rentals, group and private lessons, free-skate times, and are available to rent for birthday parties. Many also host hockey and figure skating leagues and special events if your kid gets serious about the sport.
If your family likes to pair skating with fresh air, be sure to check out our list of Long Island's many outdoor rinks.
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 skate school, public skating, teen nights, and holiday camps.
Cantiague Park — Hicksville
480 W. John St.
Cantiague’s indoor rink is a magnificent facility used by recreational skaters and hockey teams alike, from Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan to the New York Islanders. Lessons and ice rentals are available. The rink also has a snack bar and bleacher seating.
Freeport Recreation Center Ice Rink — Freeport
130 E. Merrick Rd.
Freeport’s ice rink has public skating sessions, lessons, parties, and a youth hockey league. Note: All children eight and under are required to wear a helmet, which is supplied by the center.
Iceland —New Hyde Park
3345 Hillside Ave.
Home of the Metropolitan Figure Skating Club, LI's oldest figure skating club, Iceland also hosts the Iceland Ice Cats amateur hockey league. Public skating sessions are available Friday through Sunday. The rink is available for party rentals (including kosher parties and "teen nights" with a DJ) and offers frequent clinics for all ages.
Islanders Iceworks — Syosset
175 Underhill Blvd.
The official practice facility of the New York slanders, Iceworks offers a well-organized learn-to-skate program, as well as camps and hockey leagues (including Mini Islanders for kids ages 5–7), freestyle figure skating, and a late-night adult hockey development program. It doesn't, however, offer open-skate sessions.
Long Beach Municipal Ice Arena — Long Beach
150 W. Bay Dr.
This arena offers public skating, group and private lessons, a hockey league for youth and adults, and birthday parties.
Newbridge Arena — Bellmore
2600 Newbridge Rd.
Find open skate times for the public, plus figure skating, group and private lessons for all ages, a youth ice hockey league, party rentals, and "Hot Shot Hockey," LI's largest fire and police hockey league.
Northwell Health Ice Center — East Meadow
200 Merrick Ave.
In addition to public skating hours, this affiliate of Iceworks offers camps and clinics, figure skating, hockey leagues for all ages (including one of LI's only all-girls' leagues), and lessons, as well as off-ice training.
The Port Washington Skating Center offers general skating hours, rentals, and lessons.
Port Washington Skating Center — Port Washington
70 Seaview Blvd.
This indoor rink is open year-round and features open skate hours (more during school breaks!), lessons, hockey leagues, and special events like holiday mini-camps and father-son hockey; it also offers ice rentals, hosts parties.
Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center — Bethpage
1001 Stewart Ave.
Voted "the best ice skating center on Long Island" several times in the Long Island Press contest, this regulation-size rink, which is also handicapped-accessible, offers the usual amenities—public sessions, group lessons for all ages, ice rentals, parties, and hockey leagues—and then some, including a food court, pro shop, and cozy fireplace.
Dix Hills Park Ice Rink — Dix Hills
575 Vanderbilt Pkwy.
This state-of-the-art, year-round rink is designed like a rustic lodge and offers lessons, a hockey program, and public skating sessions. During the week, it's sometimes possible to show up and drop in on a class. The rink is also available to rent for parties and special events.
You'll find not one, but two indoor rinks at The Rinx, known as the largest ice skating spot on Long Island.
The Rinx — Hauppauge
660 Terry Rd.
Long Island’s largest ice rink facility, featuring two indoor rinks, the Rinx offers lessons, hockey leagues (including a girls' program), figure skating and synchronized skating lessons, party hosting and ice rentals, and at least one public-skating session each day.
Superior Ice Rink — Kings Park
270 Indian Head Rd.
This hockey-centric rink offers lessons, leagues for all ages, public sessions, party hosting, and a pro shop.
Top photo: Superior Ice Rink. All photos courtesy of the rinks.