Frozen In Time

Photograph: Brittney Garth


Put down that plate of holiday leftovers and grab friends and family. It’s time to enjoy winter’s coolest pastime: ice skating. Here are four local places that offer public skate or drop-in times. Have fun—and leave the hockey stops and triple salchows to the pros.

1 Stamford Twin Rinks
Twin Rinks ( has two NHL- sized rinks, which draws in competitive skaters, but public recreational skating is open daily throughout winter. $8.25–$9 per skater, with rentals at $4–$4.50. Friday Glow Skate Nights bring out the black light, disco lights and music, 8-10 p.m. ($9-$10).

2 Chelsea Piers
This huge place has everything sports- related, so its no surprise that it also has ice-skating. The Rinks at Chelsea Piers has year-round skating, seven days a week for ice hockey and figure skating. Check drop-in schedule at

3 Mill River Park Collaboration
Got it—when you go ice skating, you want your space. How’s 9,000 square feet of it? Should be good enough for you and 149 of your closest friends. The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Skating Center at Mill River ( opened in 2018 and offers recreational ice skating seven days a week. It’s $8–$10 per skater and $4 for rentals.

4 Terry Conners Rink
Built in 1973, the rink ( in The Cove is operated by the city. Public skating runs all year and has the advantage when the weather is bad, because the rink is inside. Rates run $6–$8, with rentals at $4. See times online.

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