Hudson Valley Ice Skating

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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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.

#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 you’re 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.

#3 – Light Jacket, Sweater or Sweatshirt

A big, heavy, bulky coat is no fun while you’re trying to skate on the ice. It’s best to layer up and add a lightweight fleece on top if a particular Hudson Valley 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.

#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.

#4 – Hand Warmers

Here’s a little trick I learned from sending my son to a football game a few years ago…

Disposable hand warmers are essential for your sanity. And they not only have to warm your hands, but also are great for warming your feet.

If you’re all about the cold weather sports and outings than these are my pick for you.

Map of Hudson Valley Ice Skating Rinks:

Indoor Hudson Valley Ice Skating Rinks

– 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 Mid Hudson Valley Ice Skating rinks. Their admission includes skate rental.
Admission: Adult: $15 – Child: $10 – 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.

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– 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. Their admission fee includes skate rental and is a popular Hudson Valley ice skating rink.
Admission: Adult: $15 – Child: $10 – 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 Brewster Ice Arena. They also offer skating school, where you can learn to skate and also take an intro to hockey. Join others who enjoy visiting this Hudson Valley ice skating rink.
Admission: Adult: $9 – Children: $7 – Skate Rental: $4 – Walker Rental: $2

– Rensselaer County

Conway Ice Rink, Troy
80 Vandenburgh Avenue

[NOT opening for the 2022-2023 Season due to Renovations being completed]
The 18,000 square foot Conway Ice Rink, located in the McDonough Sports Complex, offers recreational skating for the public each year from October to March.

– Rockland County

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

The Palisades Center Mall Ice Rink is opened for public skating, skating school, stick time, clinics and freestyle skating. This is a great Hudson Valley ice skating rink, as you can also eat and shop while at the Palisades Mall.
Public skate Admission: $12, Skater Rentals: $4

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

Public skating is offered at Kiwanis Ice Arena, but schedule may change weekly. Check their website for exact public skate times.
Admission: Adult: $8 – Students: $6
Skate Rental: $3

– 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 $11 – Youth $9 – Seniors $6 – Skate Rentals $5

Hommocks Ice Rink, Larchmont
140 Hommocks Road

The Hommocks Ice Rink is open to enjoy public skate. Check the website to stay up to date with the information.
General Public Rates – Admission for Adults: $11, Child: $10
Skate rental is $5
Mamaroneck residents, with a permit, get a discount.

Ice Hutch, Mount Vernon
655 Garden Avenue

The Ice Hutch is currently open for Public skating ALL year long.

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. Public Skating has resumed again. Please check their website for details.
General Admission: $11 and Skate Rental is $6.

Playland Park Ice Casino, Rye
100 Playland Pkwy

Three indoor rinks make this the premier ice skating facility in the county. Playland Park Ice Casino programs run the gamut from the Skating School to Party Nights and Family Skating Nights. The Ice Casino is visited by more than 60,000 family members each season. 
Prices: Adult: $16 – Child: $9 (Includes skate rental)

Westchester Skating Academy, Elmsford
91 Fairview Drive

The Westchester Skating Academy is offering public skate sessions. Check the schedule and register on their website.
Prices: Adult: $16 – Child: $9 (includes skate rental)

Outdoor Hudson Valley Ice Skating Rinks

– Albany County

Empire State Plaza, Albany
Empire State Plaza outdoor rink is open Tuesday – Sunday. Check website for hours.
Skate Rentals: $4 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. There is no cost to skate.

– Columbia County

Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram
1528 State Route 28

Lake Taghkanic State Park usually opens in January for ice skating. Date TBD.
Bring your own skates.

– Dutchess County

Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls
85 Sheafe Road

Enter the Bowdoin Park Rink from the Pavilion side. Bring you own skates and helmets are recommended. Rink opening is subject to change and available is weather dependent.

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

– 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. 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 – Skate rental: $10 – 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 large pavilion at Chadwick Lake Park. Bring your own skates. No hockey. Skating is subject to weather. You must be a yearly park pass holder.

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

Fancher-Davidge Park has a large lake with enough room for hockey and family skating. Lights for night skating. Open to the public, weather-permitting. Don’t forget to bring your own skates.

Middletown Ice Skating Rink
1-31 Union Street
The City of Middletown now offers public skating at an ice rink in Erie Way Park. Starting Friday, November 25th, 2022, they will offer open skate on Fridays (2 sessions), Saturdays (3 sessions) and Sundays (2 sessions).
Admission: Adult: $3 – Child: $1 – Skate Rental (Limited Availability): $1

Mill Pond, Monroe
7 Stage Road

Also known as Crane Park, Mill Pond in Monroe is a popular place to visit and ice skate. 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

Winding Hills Park’s Ice Skating is available for free when conditions permit. Bring your own skates.

– Ulster County

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

Access to the Pavilion Ice Rink is included in their Winter Sports Pass, you can ice skate, as well as, hike, cross country ski, & snowshoe. The fee includes all rentals and access to the grounds, as well as, the Carriage Lounge.

The Roundout Ice Rink at Ole Savannah
100 Rondout Landing, Kingston

Skate while enjoying beautiful views of the Rondout and bring your family and friends. Tickets are available at Ole Savannah upon entry. Tickets are timed for winter fun.
$20 per hour with skate rental, $15 per hour without skate rental

– 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.

Lasdon Park & Arboretum
2610 Route 35, Katonah
Ice Skating available at Lasdon Park and Arboretum, for free, between 11am – 4pm, when conditions permit. Bring your own skates.

Mountain Lakes Park
201 Hawley Road, North Salem
Ice Skating available at Mountain Lakes Park, for free when weather conditions permit. Bring your own skates.

Ridge Hill Skating
1 Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers

Lace up and skate over to Ridge Hill On Ice as we transform The Town Square Lawn into an outdoor ice rink for the holiday season! Open from November 20th through January 29th, 2023, Guests will need to book ice skating reservations in advance to ensure a skating time slot. Walk-ups are also welcome, but we cannot guarantee you will be able to skate at that time.
Pricing: Adults: $18 (includes skate rental) – Child: $14 (includes skate rental)

Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers
355 Midland Avenue
Ice Skating is available at Tibbetts Brook Park, for free when weather conditions permit. Bring your own skates.

Twin Lakes, Eastchester
California Road
Ice Skating available at Twin Lakes, for free when weather conditions permit. Bring your own skates.

Wampus Pond, Armonk
Route 128
Ice Skating available at Wampus Pond, for free when weather conditions permit. Bring your own skates.

Willson’s Woods, Mount Vernon
East Lincoln Avenue
Ice Skating available at Willson’s Woods, for free when weather 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!

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