Boston Ice Skating Rinks

Updated: November 26, 2023

This post lists some of the best ice skating rinks in and around Boston, updated for 2023-2024.

We provide details such as hours, prices, directions, as well as suggestions for things to do nearby.

Most of Boston's ice-skating rinks are open in the winter months (November - March).

Here are links to our posts on things to do each of those months, as well as what you can expect the weather to be.

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BEST ICE SKATING RINKS IN BOSTON 

Boston Common Frog Pond

A popular tourist destination at any time of the year, the Boston Common Frog Pond is a great rink to skate.

Not to mention that the USA Today newspaper considers it to be the best outdoor ice skating rink in the US! 

It is centrally located in Downtown Boston (map + directions). You can easily combine some time on the ice with another activity. 

Google Reviews Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Our post on things to do in Boston has a long list of attractions in the downtown area.

Information:

Note: As per the official website, rink is closed for this season.

  • Dates: TBA, generally mid-November - March. Check their website for updates
  • Hours: Varies depending on the day of the week:
    • Sunday: 10 am - 9 pm
    • Monday: 10 am - 3:45 pm
    • Tuesday - Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm
    • Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm
    • Christmas Eve: 10 am - 5 pm
    • New Year's Eve: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Admission: price based on skater’s height: 58-inches and over $6 / under 58-inches Free
  • Skate Rental: $12 Adult / $6 Child
  • Locker Rental: $5
  • Skate Sharpening: $10/pair
  • Skating Aid (Bobby the Skating Seal): $15/hr
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Steriti Memorial RinkSteriti Ice Rink in Boston

So many features of this indoor ice rink at 561 Commercial Street (map + directions) make it one to definitely consider when choosing where to skate. 

First off, it's FREE! Skate rentals are just $5 or bring your own.

Secondly, you will have phenomenal views of the harbor while you skate.

Third, it is located in Boston's North End so it is walking distance to many attractions. 

It's just a 10-minute walk to the Paul Revere House and Statue and a 15-minute walk to Faneiul Hall. We cover these sites on our pay-what-you-wish North End and Little Italy Tour.

Lastly, it is open late on Friday and Saturday, making it a perfect destination for your night out in Boston.

For other ideas on how to spend an evening in Boston, see our post things to do at night in Boston.

Google Review Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

Information:

Note: 2023-24 season dates are yet to be announced.

  • Dates for last season were: November 26th - March 20th
  • Hours: Varies by day of week
    • Sunday: 3 pm - 6:50 pm
    • Tuesday & Thursday: 12 pm - 2:20 pm
    • Wednesday: 12 pm - 2:50 pm
    • Friday: 12 pm - 3:50 pm & 7 pm - 9:50 pm
    • Saturday: 4 pm - 9:50 pm
    • Christmas Eve: 10 am - 2:50 pm
    • New Year's Eve: 10 am - 2:50 pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Skate Rental: $5

DCR Kelly Outdoor Rink

Located at 1 Marbury Terrace (map + directions) in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, this rink is owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

This outdoor rink is near some attractions you may have been thinking of going to like the Franklin Park Zoo or Samuel Adams Brewery

Note: Dates for the 2023-2024 season are yet to be announced.

  • Last year's dates were December 18th -  March 6th
  • Hours: Sun - Fri 12 pm - 7:30 pm / Sat 1 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Christmas Eve & NYE Hours: 10 am - 2:50 pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Skate Rental: $3 for adults and $2 for children

Google Reviews Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars


DCR Murphy Memorial Skating Rink

Located at 1880 William J Day Blvd (map + directions) in the South Boston neighborhood, this rink is owned by Department of Conservation and Recreation.

This outdoor rink is near some attractions you may have been thinking of going to like the Carson Beach or John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

  • Dates: 2023-24 season dates are yet to be announced.
  • Hours: Varies with date and size of rink, click here for full schedule

Google Reviews Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars


The Rink at 401 Park

The Rink at 401 Park, often referred to as the "Fenway Rink," is an outdoor ice skating rink located within the 401 Park complex.

The park is located between Time Out Market and Trillium Brewing (map + directions).

It typically operates during the winter months, providing a fun and seasonal activity for both locals and visitors to enjoy.

The rink is often adorned with holiday decorations and offers ice skating sessions, rentals, and sometimes hosts special events.

  • Dates: TBD for 2023-24 season
  • For more information, click here.

Google Reviews Rating: 4.4 out of 5 star


ICE SKATING RINKS IN CAMBRIDGE AND BROOKLINE

Community Ice Skate @ Canal District Kendall

The ice skating season here begins in December with the rink's annual Holiday on Ice show at 2 p.m.

The rink is located in Cambridge near Kendall Square at 300 Atheneum St (map + directions).

Though it is on the smaller side, the rink is beautifully lit at night.

It is reasonably priced and easy to reach by public transportation. 

Google Reviews Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Dates: As per the official website, the rink is closed for the 2023-24 season.
  • Hours: Mon 12 pm-5 pm / Tues-Thurs 12 pm - 8 pm / Fri 12 pm - 9 pm / Sat 11 am - 9 pm / Sun 11 am - 6 pm
  • Admission:  Adult $5 / Students & Seniors $3/ Child under 13 $1
  • Skate Rental: $8 per person (children under 13 $5)
  • Locker Rental: $1

Nearby attractions include the MIT Museum, a science and technology museum the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Museum of Science, a science museum with an indoor zoo with hundreds of exhibits.


Simoni Skating Rink

Also in Cambridge at 155 Gore Street (map + directions) this indoor rink is a public hockey facility, so public skating hours are limited.

However, their season is longer! You can skate from September through March!

  • Dates: Aug 28th, 2023 - Apr 7th, 2024
    • Sept-Nov: Mon-Friday 12:30 pm - 2:20 pm
    • Dec-Apr:  Extra hours on Sundays from 1 pm - 2:50 pm
    • Double-check their schedule before heading over.
  • Admission: $7
  • Skate Rental: $7

Google Reviews Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars


BROOKLINE

Kirrane Rink at Larz Anderson ParkJack Kirrane Rink in Boston

Located at 23 Newton Street (map + directions), the Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink is unique in that it is open until 10 p.m. on Friday nights!

What a great way to spend time after dark!

  • Dates: 2023 dates are yet to be announced
  • Hours:
    • Tues & Thurs: 9:30 am - 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 am - 11:45 am
    • Fri: 9:30 am -10:30 am, 10:45 am - 11:45 am, and 8 pm - 9:30 pm
    • Sat & Sun: 12 pm - 1 pm, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, and 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
  • Admission:
    • Resident: $7
    • Non-Resident: $9
    • Free for Kids under 2
  • Skate Rental: $7

Google Reviews Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars


FOXBOROUGH

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

It is a seasonal ice skating rink located at Patriot Place (map + directions).

Patriot Place is an outdoor shopping and entertainment complex in Foxborough, Massachusetts, adjacent to Gillette Stadium.

During the winter season, Patriot Place hosts Winter Skate, an outdoor ice skating experience for visitors of all ages.

The ice rink is set up in a festive holiday environment, often adorned with lights and decorations, creating a picturesque scene for skaters.

  • Dates: 2023 dates are yet to be announced
  • For more details, click here.

BRIGHTON

Warrior Ice Arena

The Warrior Ice Arena is the practice facility for the Boston Bruins, located in the Boston Landing development (map + directions) in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston.

It has three types of public offerings namely Public Skating, Public Hockey and Freestyle.

It also provides skating lessons thus offering something for everyone.

  • Dates: For the full schedule, click here.
  • Admission for public skating, Weekday: $12 Weekend: $15
  • Skate Rentals: $6 per pair
  • To learn more, click here.

Google Reviews Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars


Tips from the Tourists

Educational Outings

In our Facebook Group, a visitor shared a perfect post-skating plan. After enjoying the ice, head to the Museum of Science and the Harvard University Museums. These spots offer both learning and fun at an affordable price. For a serene end to the day, a stroll along the Charles River is recommended. It's an excellent mix of education and relaxation, making the most of a day in Boston.

City Navigation Tips

Navigating Boston is a breeze, as our Facebook Group members can attest. Walking or taking the subway is easy. On New Year's Eve, the fireworks are a must-see. Don't miss the culinary delights of the North End, home to Regina's pizza. Also, a visit to Boston Common, with its twinkling lights and ice skating.

Festive Discoveries

As the holiday season approaches, our Facebook Group is buzzing with tips on free and fun activities. The Boston Common and Faneuil Hall come to life with holiday decorations. Explore the markets and enjoy the lights along Comm Ave Mall for added magic.

Effortless Transit

Many people from our Facebook Group say Boston is easy to walk around, and the public transport, known as 'The T', is simple to use. This makes getting to the ice skating rinks and other fun spots in the city a breeze.

Family Fun Spots

Visitors from our Facebook Group often find Boston Common a hit with families. The Swan Boats and the famous Make Way for Ducklings statues are a delight for children, especially if they're familiar with the story. The park also offers a playground, a carousel, and in the summer, the Frog Pond becomes a fun spot for splashing around. These are perfect activities to pair with a day of ice skating.

Salem to Boston

For those coming from outside the city, taking the train from places like Salem to Boston is easy, and trains run until about 10 pm. One of our Facebook Group members suggested if you're visiting Salem before heading to Boston, try to check out the shops early—they tend to close by 6 pm. But don't worry about getting hungry; restaurants are open later. It's a good plan to shop first, then dine, and finally head to Boston for evening activities like ice skating.


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Updated: November 26th, 2023
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