10+ Awesome Hudson Valley Ice Skating Rinks Open for You to Enjoy

When people think of winter, different things come to mind: sipping hot chocolate, gazing at falling and fallen snow, and a chill in the air. With so many winter activities, it may be hard to choose one that everyone can do. That’s where Hudson Valley Ice Skating comes into play.

Hudson Valley ice skating is an activity suitable for most ages and can be done both indoors or outdoors.

With so many options of locations for Hudson Valley ice skating to choose from, where do you go?

Many factors are involved in choosing the perfect Hudson Valley ice skating location and this list will help.

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A pair of female ice skates on the ice at a Hudson Valley Ice Skating rink

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How to find the Best Hudson Valley Ice Skating Rinks?


Questions you may need answered before making a trip to a Hudson Valley Ice Skating rink:

  1. Does the ice skating rink have ‘public skate’ sessions?
    1. What are the days/hours of ‘public skate’ sessions?
  2. Do you need a reservation prior to visiting the rink?
  3. Is the rink family friendly (if you have children)?
    1. Do they have equipment to assist younger ice skaters/inexperienced ice skaters?
  4. Does the admission fee include skate rentals?
  5. Do you need to bring your own ice skates?
  6. Is there a parking fee?

What to wear for your Hudson Valley Ice Skating Trip:


For a successful Hudson Valley Ice Skating outing, you need to be prepared with a few essentials. These will either make or break your outing.

And when I say essentials, I mean more than just your skates.


#1 – Gloves or Mittens

Ice skating rinks are cold and when your moving around in this cold place, your hands tend to get very cold.

And forget it if you fall often, like I do. You need some hand protection when your hands touch that ice. You don’t necessarily need very thick gloves and woven ones or thin ones work perfectly fine.

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#2 – Pants or Leggings

Regardless if you’re ice skating in an indoor skating rink or an outdoor skating rink, it will be especially cold while your ice skating. Your best bet is to wear something comfortable and that has some stretch to it.

The last thing you want is to fall on the ice and not be able to stand up again because your pants are too tight. And, no matter how warm it may be outside, please do not wear shorts, skirts or dresses.

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#3 – Light Jacket, Sweater or Sweatshirt

A big, heavy, bulky coat is no fun while your trying to skate on the ice. It’s best to layer up, if that particular Hudson Valleu ice skating rink is very cold. You can even remove some layers if you get extremely hot.

Remember, although the ice rink is still cold, you are moving around and doing exercise. And, again, if you fall over, wearing less constricting items on top also will help when/if you need to get up off the ice.

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#4 – Hat and Scarf

Lucky for you, hats and scarves are very fashionable and there is no shortage of warm and stylish hats and scarves available online.

Just like the gloves/mittens keep you hands warm, the hat and scarf will keep the rest of you warm too.

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Map of Hudson Valley Ice Skating Rinks:


Indoor Hudson Valley Ice Skating Rinks


Things to know before visiting a Hudson Valley Ice Skating Rink:

  • This is a seasonal activity and while some indoor rinks have already started their season, others have not. Your best bet is to check the individual websites before making plans.
  • Because of the pandemic, many indoor Hudson Valley ice rinks will probably require online registration before visiting.
  • Outdoor Hudson Valley ice skating rinks are only open when the weather conditions are optimal and the ice on the pond and/or lake is safe to skate on.
  • Check each website to confirm information: operating day/hours, prices, skate rental status.
  • Some places DO NOT offer ice skate rentals, so you must bring your own.

Dutchess County

McCann Ice Arena, Poughkeepsie
14 Civic Center Plaza

Conveniently located at Mid Hudson Civic Center, the McCann Ice Arena offers public skate times during the week and on the weekends. Check their calendar because times change due to availability. McCann ice skating arena is probably one of the most popular places in the Mid-Hudson Valley region. (Postings for Public Skate has yet to be posted)
Admission: Adult: $11 | Child: $7 | Skate Rental: $5 | Rental Walker: $3


Bontecou Rink in Millbrook School, Millbrook
131 Millbrook School Road

(CLOSED at the time of this posting)
Bontecou Rink in Millbrook School offers public skating sessions, but you must bring your own skates. Skate rentals are not available.


Orange County

Ice Time Sports Complex, Newburgh
21 Lakeside Road

Ice Time Sports Complex offers public skate times during the week and on the weekends. Check their calendar because times change due to availability.
Admission: Adult: $11 | Child: $7 | Skate Rental: $5 | Rental Walker: $3

Ice Skates on a Hudson Valley Ice Skating Rink

Putnam County

Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster
63 Fields Lane
Public skating is being offered seven days a week at this time. They also offer skating school, where you can learn to skate and also take an intro to hockey.
Admission: Adult: $8.75 | Children: $6.75 | Skate Rental: $3.75
Friday Night Skate: Entry $10 | Rental $3


Rensselaer County

Conway Ice Rink, Troy
80 Vandenburgh Avenue

(CLOSED for the 2020-2021 Season)


Rockland County

Palisades Center Mall Ice Rink, West Nyack
1000 Palisades Center Drive

(Public Skating is CLOSED at the time of this posting). The rink is opened for skating school, stick time, clinics and freestyle.

On the top floor of the Palisades Center is the Palisades Center Ice Rink where they have games and open skate times.

Ulster County

Kiwanis Ice Arena, Saugerties
6 Small World Avenue

Limited public skating is being offered at this time. They recommend that if you plan a visit, you should sign up and pay before arriving. Ice skate rentals are not available at this time, so you must bring your own skates. Public skate times are offered 7 days a week, but the session times are shorter and less frequent during these days. Check their website for exact public skate times.
Admission: Adult: $7 | Students: $5


Westchester County

Ebersole Ice Rink, White Plains
104 Lake Street

Ebersole Ice Rink offers several opportunities, during the week, for White Plains Residents to enjoy ice skating this season. On Saturdays and Sundays, they have a 2-hour public skate session. On Sundays, adults can enjoy an early morning skate session.
Admission: Adult $10 | Youth $8 | Seniors $5 | Skate Rentals $5


Hommocks Ice Rink, Larchmont
140 Hommocks Road

The Hommocks Ice Rink is pausing its operations until the end of the year due to increased positive COVID-19 cases in the region. Skating lessons are also suspended at this this Hudson Valley Ice Skating establishment. Continue to check the website to stay up to date with the information.


Ice Hutch, Mount Vernon
655 Garden Avenue

The Ice Hutch is currently only open for Skating School. Public skating and Birthday parties are suspended at this time.


Murray’s Skating Center, Yonkers
348 Tuckahoe Road

Murray’s Skating Center has provided quality skating programs and special events to the residents of Yonkers and the surrounding areas since 1960. Although Public Skating is not available at this time, skating lessons are available for this interested.


Playland Park Ice Casino, Rye
100 Playland Pkwy

(CLOSED at the time of this posting)


Westchester Skating Academy, Elmsford
91 Fairview Drive

The Westchester Skating Academy is currently not offering public skate sessions, but are open for individual skate lessons.


Outdoor Hudson Valley Ice Skating Rinks


Albany County

Empire State Plaza, Albany
(CLOSED for the 2020 – 2021 Season)


Dutchess County

Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls
85 Sheafe Road

(Information regarding this Hudson Valley ice skating rink was not available at the time of this posting)


Taconic State Park – Rudd Pond, Millerton
59 Rudd Rond Road

(Information regarding this Hudson Valley ice skating rink was not available at the time of this posting)

Entrance of the Bear Mountain Ice Skating Rink at the Bear Mountain State Park

Tymor Park, LaGrangeville
8 Tymor Park Road

(CLOSED for the 2020 – 2021 Season)


Greene County

Elliot Park, Catskill
131 Broome Street

Ice Skating is permitted in the pavilion. Bring your own skates. Children under the age of 12 are asked to wear a helmet.


Orange County

Bear Mountain Ice Rink, Bear Mountain
55 Hessian Drive

At the base of Bear Mountain sits their outdoor rink. Open at 50% capacity for the 2020 – 2021 season, public skate sessions take place on Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat & Sun, weather permitting. Their skate sessions take place until the beginning of March.
Admission: $5 | Non-skaters & seniors: $2 | Skate rental: $5 | Parking fee (weekends & holidays): $10


The Bear Mountain Ice Rink at Bear Mountain State Park

Chadwick Lake Park, Newburgh
1702 Route 300

Ice Skating is permitted in the pavilion. Bring your own skates.


Downing Park, Newburgh
123 Carpenter Avenue

During the winter months, ice skating is a popular pastime on Polly Pond. Ice Skating on the pond occurs when weather conditions permit, typically in January & February. Bring your own skates.


Fancher-Davidge Park, Middletown
Lake Avenue

Large lake with enough room for hockey and family skating. Lights for night skating. Open to the public, weather-permitting. bring your own skates.


Mill Pond, Monroe
7 Stage Road

Also known as Crane Park. Ice skating permitted only in designated area when green flag is up. Bring your own skates.


Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery
211 Route 416

Thomas Bull Memorial Park has a man-made outdoor rink for hockey. Free ice skating on the pond when conditions permit. Bring your own skates.


Winding Hills Park, Montgomery
1847 State Route 17K

Ice Skating available for free when conditions permit. Bring your own skates.


Ulster County

Mohonk Mountain House Pavilion Ice Rink, New Paltz
1000 Mountain Rest Road

Included in their Winter Sports Pass, you can ice skate, as well as, hike, cross country ski, & snowshoe. The $99 fee includes all rentals and access to the grounds, as well as, the Carriage Lounge.


Westchester County

Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill
435 Welcher Avenue
Ice Skating available for free on all Blue Mountain Reservation Lakes, when conditions permit. Bring your own skates.

More Hudson Valley Winter Activities

Reference my article all about Hudson Valley Winter Activities (Some of these may surprise you) for a full list of other things to do during Hudson Valley Winter. Read this article before making any plans!



Tips For a Successful Day at Any Hudson Valley Ice Skating Rink

  • Be prepared. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed when it comes to ice skating.
  • Confirm all information with the facility/park before making definite plans.
  • Weather conditions may change drastically, so confirm the weather before making plans. I use the AccuWeather app everyday before I head out the door.
  • Double check if you need to bring your own skates to the location.

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