When it’s too cold for little ones to skate outdoors—or not cold enough for the ice to stay frozen—an indoor ice rink is an ideal solution. Here on Long Island, there is no shortage of indoor rinks. So, whether your family is new to the sport or your child is interested in joining a hockey league or taking figure skating lessons, we have just the rink for you.
This roundup of the best local indoor skating rinks on Long Island features information on open-skate times, group and private lessons, birthday parties, and sports leagues. 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.
Most of these rinks offer skate rental, but note that some are run by local municipalities that offer discounted fees for residents.
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.
Cantiague Park Ice Rink — Hicksville
This Nassau County facility boasts a regulation-size NHL rink, public sessions, learn-to-skate programs, hockey clinics, figure skating lessons, and even speed skating. There is a snack bar and warming area. Fees are discounted for Nassau residents.
Freeport Recreation Center Ice Rink — Freeport
In addition to public skating sessions (children 8 and younger must wear helmets, which are provided), skating lessons are offered, and there is a youth hockey league. Birthday party packages are available.
Iceland —New Hyde Park
This rink is home to the Metropolitan Figure Skating Club and the Iceland Ice Cats amateur hockey club. Public skating sessions are available Fridays through Sundays, along with skating programs, lessons, and hockey leagues. Teen Night (ages 11 and older) with a live DJ is every Friday from 8:30-10pm. Party packages for birthdays, teen events, and kosher celebrations are available.
Islanders Iceworks — Syosset
The official practice facility of the New York Islanders, Iceworks does not have open-skate sessions. It does, however, offer figure skating and hockey programs for children and adults of all levels. It also hosts hockey leagues and camps.
Long Beach Municipal Ice Arena — Long Beach
Open throughout the year, Long Beach offers public skating sessions, group and private lessons, and hockey leagues for kids and adults. Birthday party packages are available, and the rink features a teen center and snack bar.
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 league programs, private and group lessons, and birthday party packages are available.
Northwell Health Ice Center — East Meadow
There is plenty to choose from at this rink, including public skating, a hockey academy for boys and girls ages 5 and older, youth and adult leagues, skating lessons for all levels, and birthday party packages. The New York Islanders host several youth hockey tournaments here every year.
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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 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 all available.
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 Park Ice Rink — Dix Hills
Designed to make you feel as if you’re at a rustic ski lodge, this Town of Huntington facility is open throughout the year. Public skating and figure skating sessions, group and private essons, and adult and youth hockey programs are all available. There’s a pro shop along with locker rooms, an activity room, vending machines, and a food concession.
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Family-owned Superior Ice Rink offers public skating, hockey, learn-to-skate programs, and more.
Superior Ice Rink — Kings Park
There are open-skating sessions, hockey leagues, and skating programs for all ages at this family-owned rink, including mini-mites (ages 7 and younger), tot hockey (6 and younger), learn-to-skate programs, and birthday party packages.
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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
This is Long Island’s largest indoor skating facility and features two NHL-size surfaces. Public skating sessions, lessons, boys and girls hockey leagues, figure skating and synchronized skating lessons are all available. Party packages are available at the rink’s Time Out Café.
This post is updated annually.
Top photo: Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink in Great Neck offers learn-to-skate programs and more. Photos courtesy of the facilities.