The dawn of winter means we’re gliding into high ice skating season, and Bostonians can take advantage of this cold weather at skating rinks across the city. There are a plethora of places to go ice skating in Boston this season, both indoor and outdoor. Ice skating in Boston dons its most festive form at the famous outdoor Frog Pond rink in the Boston Common, but the Hub also has more demure, less-crowded venues where you can go ice skating in peace – and maybe even practice your twirls. Below, we’ve pulled together a list of where to go ice skating in Boston this winter.

Update (2014): Two of Boston’s best ice skating rinks open Nov. 21.


Boston Common Frog Pond 

Arguably Boston’s most popular outdoor skating spot, the Frog Pond is in the center of the Boston Common and a central place for holiday activities and winter fun. In the colder months, the pond transforms into an ice skating rink and welcomes Boston skaters all the way into March for $5; season passes are also available for Bostonians looking to skate all season. Skate rentals cost just $9 for adults and $5 for children. The Frog Pond rink is not only open all season for general skating but is also the site of several holiday skating shows, such as the Skating Spectaculars on November 29th at the Boston Common Christmas Tree Lighting or the First Night 2012 show on December 31st. After the official Christmas tree lighting, the rink will be surrounded by several trees donated from Nova Scotia that will be lit up for the holidays. The Frog Pong skating rink is open from 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. most nights, but for individual and holiday hours, check here.

Kendall Square – 300 Athenaeum Street, Cambridge, MA

Beginning on December 1st, 2012, Kendall Square in Cambridge offers outdoor community ice skating for the winter season. The rink is located in a landscaped courtyard off 3rd Street and provides skate rentals, lessons, private rink rentals, and even a cafe that serves hot drinks and snacks. One-day admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and skate rentals are $8 for adults, $5 for children. The Kendall Square ice skating rink also offers season passes, and opens at noon on weekdays and 11 A.M. on weekends. For specific opening and closing times, and holiday hours, click here. People eager to skate who don’t want to wait until December 1st are encouraged to check out the Community Ice Skating @ Kendall Square’s blog, Twitter, and Facebook for updates on a possible earlier opening date.

The Charles Hotel -1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA

Opening in December, the ice rink at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge is available for hotel guests as well as the public. The hotel’s outdoor rink is one of a kind and will feature skate rentals, lessons, season passes, and private rink rentals for birthdays, holiday parties, or whatever you want to celebrate in the winter months. For information on prices and hours of operation beginning in December, call 617-864-1200.

Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink at Larz Anderson Park – 23 Newton Street, Brookline, MA

Head to Brookline to enjoy skating in one of the town’s most iconic parks. Jack Kirrane Rink is open to public skating through March 3rd, and is available to rent for private parties as well. Public adult skating costs $5 for Brookline residents and $7 for non-residents. There is also a reduced rates schedule, a men’s hockey schedule and skating lessons information available here.

Kelly Skating Rink – 1 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, MA

Located just off of the Stonybrook Orange Line T stop, the Kelly Skating Rink is open for daily public skating, with lessons on Saturday morning. According to the Jamaica Plain Patch, the Kelly Rink garners about 1,500 visitors a month. Rink admission is free, while skate rental costs just $2 for adults. Talk about a bargain!


Steriti Memorial Rink – 561 Commercial Street, North End, Boston

This indoor rink opens is open for the season until March and is located in Boston’s North End. The rink has public skating hours every day and skating is free during those times. If you bring your own skates, it is still free, and if not, skate rentals are only $5. Steriti is rarely crowded, and the facility features large windows that look out onto the wharf, so you can at least pretend you’re skating outside while not freezing your toes off. For skating hours, click here.

The Skating Club of Boston – 1240 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the Skating Club of Boston opens its doors to public skating (all other times, you must be a member of the private club). The rink is open from August through June, and skating costs $8 for adults; skates are available for rent for $4. For specific public skating hours, see their website. Tuesday nights are for 18+ skaters, while on Saturday, the rink is open to all.

Emmons Horrigan O’Neill Memorial Rink 150 Rutherford Ave, Charlestown, MA

This indoor rink located in Charlestown offers public skating on the weekends as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays. For specific public skating hours, click here. Call 617-242-9728 for rental rates and admission fees.

Murphy Memorial Rink – 1880 William J. Day Boulevard, South Boston

Also beginning at the end of November, the public skating hours at Murphy Memorial Rink in the South End are Friday through Sunday as well as Tuesday and Thursday this winter. Call 617-269-7060 for rental rates and admissions fees and see the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s website for specific rink hours in Boston.

Where do you go ice skating in Boston?

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