Now that the temperatures have dropped and the holiday season is upon us, crowds are making a triumphant return to their local ice skating rink. Whether you’re an indoor or outdoor rink kind of person, here are some of the top Long Island ice skating rinks. Besides, is there a more quintessential winter activity?
The Top Long Island Ice Skating Rinks
For a warm, cozy Long Island ice skating rink that’s also indoors, look no further than Cantiague Park in Hicksville. This family-friendly rink has tons of activities depending on you or your child’s interests and skill level.
From skating lessons to hockey teams and even birthday parties, they truly have it all. Not to mention, this magnificent facility has played host to Olympic gold medalist Nancy Kerrigan, who performed there in 2004. The New York Islanders even used it as a practice facility from 1979 through 1992.
For those looking for the full winter ice skating experience, pay a visit to the outdoor rink at Grant Park in Hewlett, a Nassau County institution since 1955. From now until March, it will be open for skating lessons, ice charters and even hockey games.
Best of all, Grant Park doesn’t have any residency requirements, so anyone can visit for a nice leisurely skate! You can find the rink’s 2018-2019 public hours here and its open hockey hours here. Just remember, it’s closed on Christmas and New Years’ Day.
Port Washington Skating Center
As a family-owned and operated business, the Port Washington Skating Center is completely committed to providing a fun, local rink for area families. Even if you don’t know how to skate, they have plenty of group and one-on-one programs to help you feel more comfortable and confident on the ice.
You can also click here to view their special holiday schedule. From December 22 to January 2, there will be extra extended skating sessions, hockey mini-camps, puck shoots, father-son hockey and much more.
Northwell Health Ice Center
If you want to skate like the pros, check out the Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow’s Eisenhower Park. Since it also serves as the New York Islanders practice facility, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they have several ice hockey lessons and programs.
However, their huge outdoor Long Island ice skating rink also has plenty of public skating sessions available. You can find the pricing and schedule here.