By Juliana Perciavalle and Dave Zucker
The lower Hudson Valley is home to dozens of neighborhood lakes and ponds, but when you’re looking for officially sanctioned, safe places to enjoy a little ice time this year, look no further than our master list of nearby venues.
Please note that health and safety precautions are in effect and vary by state and region. Always check with rinks for their latest guidelines and availabilities.
Open from mid-October through late-March, this rink hosts youth travel hockey teams and a variety of skating lessons, plus public sessions and holiday events like “Skating With Frosty.”
110 Lake St, White Plains
A former Best of Westchester award winner, this rink hosts both roller and ice hockey, as well as lessons and (typically) party services. Public skating is currently on hold for the fall/winter 2020 season, but is hoping to reopen soon.
348 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers
Owned and operated by the Town of Mamaroneck, Hommocks Park offers a community room and the Slap Shot Café, which features a kid-friendly menu. During the summer, the ice rink converts to a sport court for the Summer Playground Day Camp and soccer camp. The town recently made the difficult decision to close Hommocks through the end of 2020 due to spiking COVID-19 cases in the county.
140 Hommocks Rd, Larchmont
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Public sessions and birthday parties are currently suspended, however skating school remains open for registration. Ice Hutch also offers the Home Run City batting cages, which are open for use, although rentals are temporarily off the table, so you’ll need to bring your own bat and helmet.
655 Garden Ave, Mount Vernon
Rye Playland isn’t just a summer attraction — it features three ice rinks, (normally) holding public sessions seven days a week and hosting skating clinics and camps. Unfortunately, this year the facilities have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back later in the season for more information.
100 Playland Parkway, Rye
— Playland Ice (@PlayLandIce) July 30, 2018
This sports facility hosts skating lessons for people of all ages and abilities, along with hockey, private parties, and special event skates throughout the public sessions.
91 Fairview Park Dr, Elmsford
The Yonkers shopping center hosts a pop-up skating rink every holiday season. Though the ice might not be real (it’s an environmentally friendly alternative), the fun sure is. Admission is $10 including skate rental and 60 minutes of free skate time, with dates through New Year’s Day. Hours are subject to weather.
8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers
Many county parks are open for skating this season, including the home of Camp Morty, Mountain Lakes Park, which hosts platonic summer camp grounds, and that includes off-season skating at the camp’s water sites — plus snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and more.
201 Hawley Rd, North Salem
Exclusively available to Westchester residents, the 161-acre recreation project offers ice skating and skiing when weather conditions are right.
355 Midland Ave, Yonkers
Next to Twin Lakes Farm and the largest equestrian center in the county, Twin Lakes Park offers skating to residents during the colder months.
960B California Rd, Bronxville
This park, whose name means “opossum,” not only offers outdoor winter sports including free ice skating, but is also the site of significant Native American artifact discoveries.
1 Wampus Lake Dr, Armonk
One of the oldest parks in Westchester County, the home of Wilson’s Wave Pool is a great place to head for outdoor fun in the wintertime, too.
8 Bradford Rd, Mt Vernon
In addition to having an indoor and an outdoor ice rink, Brewster Ice Arena offers private skating lessons and birthday parties, along with the Player’s Sports Bar and Restaurant on the second floor. Facilities are currently open with reduced capacity.
63 Fields Ln, Brewster
The sprawling Rockland County mall may not be for everyone, but the ice skating facilities on the fourth floor are well maintained with reasonable rates. They also offer professional skate sharpening. Public sessions are currently suspended, however freestyle and hockey remains open.
4900 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack
This outdoor rink is worth the trip to the other side of the river; located by the historical Bear Mountain Inn and state park, it features plenty of hiking trails, basketball courts, and picnic tables to make a day of it. Bear Mountain is also a stone’s throw from Harriman State Park. Hockey and public sessions are currently open at reduced capacity.
Appalachian Trail, Tomkins Cove
845.786.2701 ext. 266
With skate rentals for only $4/session, a large staff of professional figure skating instructors, and a house amateur league, Sport-o-Rama has something for everyone interested in skating. Though public sessions are currently suspended to limit building traffic, figure skating and hockey programs are both currently open.
20 College Rd, Monsey
845.356.8274 (skating school)
This nonprofit community organization offers skating classes for both adults and children, as well as freestyle sessions, figure skating, and hockey sessions.
21 Lakeside Rd, Newburgh
Located in downtown Poughkeepsie, the McCann Ice Arena is a great spot to go if you have downtime before an event at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center (any other year) or want to bring the kids out. Admission starts at just $7 for kids and $5 for skate rentals.
14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie
Kiwanis offers long public hours and a $5 admission price for students. Public skate sessions are currently limited and advance sign-ups and payment are recommended. Skate rental is temporarily prohibited, so make sure to bring your own.
6 Small World Ave, Saugerties
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Mohonk is a great choice for a day trip, with an 18,000-square-foot ice rink, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and various day trip packages.
1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz
Located just minutes from the Metro-North station in Darien, this rink hosts league hockey and lessons for skaters of all ages. Open sessions are currently limited and with heavy health precautions, but otherwise open.
55 Old Kings Highway North
Owned and operated by the City of Stamford for 40 years, Terry Conners has skate rentals for only $4 and is down the road from the Stamford Metro-North station. Though the rink is currently closed per COVID-19 regulations, it hopes to reopen for all programs by January 19.
1125 Cove Rd
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