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Ice Skating Boston - Outdoor Rinks

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photo courtesy of Boston Common Frog Pond



Boston Common Frog Pond - Boston  

Date: Opens Mon, 11/27
Cost: 58-inches and over: $10, under 58-inches: Free | $10-15 for skate rental 
Hours: Sun: 10:00am – 9pm | Mon: 10:00am – 3:45pm | Tue: 10:00am – 9pm | Wed: 10:00am – 9pm | Thu: 10:00am – 9pm | Fri: 10:00am – 10pm | Sat: 10:00am – 10pm
Location: Downtown

Managed by the Boston Skating Club.  The Boston Common’s Frog Pond transforms into an ice rink when temperatures start to drop.   Surrounded by festively lit trees, Frog Pond has its own ice-making system and also offers skate rentals and hot cocoa at the Pond Cottage.  Be sure to snap a photo if you decide to go to this treasured Boston landmark.

$10 admission, $15 skate rentals for adults, Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except Monday when the rink closes at 3:45 p.m.), Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, Christmas Eve 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Year’s Eve 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and New Year's Day 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing.

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photo credit: Boston Central


Community Ice Skating at Kendall Square - Cambridge  

Date: Opens Sat, 12/3
Cost: $1-6 admission; $6-10 skate rental
Hours: Mon/Tue: 12-5pm | Wed/Thu: 12-8pm | Fri: 12-9pm | Sat: 11am-9pm | Sun: 11am-6pm
Location: Cambridge

A favorite Cambridge spot for ice skating, Kendall Square Community Ice Rink features uniquely shaped rink that is surrounded by artfully lit trees that make for a beautiful evening of ice skating.

The annual holiday ice show takes place on December 14 this year, where visitors are invited to watch professional and international ice skaters perform and take advantage of free admission to the rink for the public. You can even grab a hot beverage from the concession stands. This community rink also offers group sessions and ice skating lessons.

One-Day Admission Valid All Day Student and Senior Rate: $4, Child 13 & Under: $1, $10 for Adults | Skate Rental Quality figure or hockey skates $6 for Children under 13 | $2 Locker Rental | $10 Skate Sharpening

Admission: $6 adults, $4 Senior, Child 13 & under, $1 | Skate Rental $10 Adults,  $6 Children, | $2 Locker Rental | $10 Skate Sharpening | Open Mondays 12-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays 12-8 p.m., Fridays 12-9 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 300 Athenaeum St., Cambridge, 617-492-0941,

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photo courtesy of Kendall Square Community Ice Rink

Kirrane Rink at Larz Anderson Park - Brookline  

Date: Opens Mon, 12/11
Cost: $7-9 admission; $7 for skate rental
Hours: Weekday Public Skate: Tues & Thurs 9:30 am - 12:00 pm | Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  Weekend Public Skate: Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Sun 12:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Location: Brookline

Brookline’s Jack Kirranne ice skating rink is open to the public for skating and hockey league practices.  Register for an ice skating class with Bay State Skating School, get your skates sharpened, or consider joining a hockey team for the season. Concessions are available as well at this one-stop winter activity ice rink.  

Public skating opens December 11, 2023; reservations are required; bathrooms available.  View public skating hours.  Jack Kirrane Rink, 23 Newton St., Brookline, 617-879-4998,


photo courtesy of The Boston Calendar

The Ice Rink at 401 Park - Boston 

Date: Opens Sun, 11/19
Cost: $6-12 admission; $7 for skate rental
Hours: Mon- Fri, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm | Sun, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm 
Location: Fenway

The 401 Park area in the Fenway is also planning to open a new skating rink this year. Complete with Trillium brewing, Time Out Market, and green space for fitness activities and installations, during the winter it will transform into a 6,000-square-foot rink.

Check the program schedule featuring theme nights, live DJs, skating lessons, & more.

401 Park Drive, Boston,

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photo courtesy of The Rink at 401 Park


Ice Skating on DCR Kelly Outdoor Ice Rink

Date: Opens Sat, 12/17
Cost: Free admission; $3 skate rental
Hours: Sunday - Friday: 12:00 pm-7:30 pm | Saturday: 1:00 pm-7:30 pm
Location: Jamaica Plain

An inviting, urban outdoor skating rink located right in the center of Jamaica Plain, one of Boston’s liveliest neighborhoods. Whirl, twirl, and spin around on the DCR Kelly Ice Rink; one of Massachusetts’ most affordable outdoor skating spots.  

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Stoneham Town Common Skating Rink

Date: Generally 11/18 - March 24 (weather dependent)
Cost: Free
Hours: 9:00am - 9:00pm Daily
Location: Stoneham Town Common

The Town Common Skating Rink in Stoneham is usually frozen enough for ice skating the week of Christmas. Stay tuned on their Facebook page to learn more updates about the opening date.

In winter, residents and visitors can enjoy free public skating rink on the Stoneham Common on Main Street, open from 9 to 9 daily. Bring your own skates.

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Ice Skating at MarketStreet Lynnfield 

Date: Open Mon, 11/14
Cost: $12 admission, $5 skate rental
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Wed 1:00 pm | Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm | Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm 
Location: Lynnfield

At MarketStreet Lynnfield, you can easily combine holiday shopping with family fun in one place.  Pick up a few of those perfect holiday gifts and/or grab a bite to eat before lacing up and gliding around the ice with the kids as a fun reward.

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photo courtesy of Marketstreet Lynnfield


Generals Park Ice Rink: Outdoor Ice Skating - Quincy

Date:  December 1 - February 24
Cost: Free
Location: Generals Park Ross Way Quincy, MA 

Quincy's Outdoor Ice Skating Rink will be open for Free Public Ice Skating from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week beginning Friday, December 1st. The rink is located in Downtown Quincy next to General's Bridge.  Patrons are encouraged to bring their own skates, however, skate rentals are available on site. 

Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

John Tolland Memorial Skating Rick at Camp Sewataro  - Sudbury

Date: Opens Saturday 1/20
Cost: Free
Location: Sudbury

The rink is located on the grounds of Camp Sewataro and will be open from 8am to 8pm. The surface is well lit, so skaters can also enjoy the ice under the lights.

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Worcester Common Oval - Worcester

Date: Opens Fri, 12/1
Cost: $6 admission; $6 skate rental 
Location: Worcester

The City's 12,000-square-foot rink, which first opened in 2012, is 4,000 square feet larger than the rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center.

The Worcester Common Oval has piped-in music, skate rentals, concessions, holiday lights and more, making it a fun and affordable family-friendly activity. The rink is professionally managed by SMG, the DCU Center's talented management team.

ice skating near boston worcester common oval

photo courtesy of the City of Worcester



Winter Skate at Patriot Place - Foxborough

*(closed for renovations | 2023-2024 season)*

Construction of the most dramatic Gillette Stadium improvements since its opening in 2002 began in the north end of the stadium this year. Given this ongoing construction and its extended footprint throughout our property, Winter Skate at Patriot Place, will not operate this season (2022-2023.) We look forward to welcoming skaters back to Winter Skate in the future!

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photo courtesy of Patriot Place

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks that are open Year Round

In addition to these fun, seasonal venues for outdoor ice skating in Boston, there are many indoor venues that are open all year, providing places for skating lessons, hockey practices and open skates.  And if you like ice skating, you might be interested in finding a few  places to roller skate near Boston to change things up a bit!

For year-round enthusiasts, here's a list of DCR Skating Rinks, with rink locations in the Greater Boston area.   And, since it's winter, you might be looking for some festive holiday lights near Boston to enjoy with family & friends, or if it's snowy outside, one of many excellent sledding hills to enjoy. 

For more information about things to do in the Boston Area in the Winter, visit our Winter Guide to Family Fun in Boston, a list of the best places to ski near Boston, cross-country skiing near boston, and our February Vacation Guide.   For a full overview of ice skating rinks near Boston, we've compiled a list of popular places and hidden gems. 

Stacey SaoStacey Sao has been the Managing Director of the family-friendly events and activities website, BostonCentral for over 20 years.  She continues to enjoy discovering and exploring new places to visit in the Greater Boston area.