Glide into winter (despite the weather)


Space skating rinks are nonetheless seeing crowds regardless of the nice and cozy begin to the season.

The Frog Pond has served as a winter ice rink because the Nineteen Nineties (though Bostonians had been skating on the Widespread’s ponds because the 1800s). Courtesy

Heat temperatures and rain will not be typical winter climate we’re accustomed to in Massachusetts, however the unseasonal begin isn’t deterring a favourite winter pastime from drawing crowds.

In Boston and the encompassing communities, skaters are flocking to out of doors ice rinks to spend time with household and pals and get some enjoyable train.

“There’s something nostalgic about lacing up your skates and having fun with the timeless custom of outside skating. It’s an exercise that may stretch throughout generations from toddlers to grandparents,” mentioned Charlotte Woods, basic supervisor of Lynnfield MarketStreet, the place an ice rink is a well-liked draw for guests to the out of doors procuring heart.

So seize your skates (or lease a pair) and discover your spot on the ice.


A Boston custom, the Frog Pond on Boston Widespread is open to skaters every day through the winter months. Admission relies on a skater’s peak: $8 for 58 inches and taller, and free for these beneath. 

Skates can be found to lease in numerous sizes (adults $15, youngsters, $10). Skating aids may also be rented for $18/hour. Frog Pond accepts money, Visa, Mastercard, Uncover, Apple Pay, and Android Pay.

John Schaub, basic supervisor of Frog Pond mentioned the rink opened Thanksgiving week and has been in a position to run efficiently until the rain hits.

“We’re seeing document numbers,” he mentioned. Guests come from everywhere in the world, with many returning yearly. Most skaters keep on the ice for an hour or two, he added. 

Tuesdays are School Night time from 6 to 9 p.m. School college students can skate for half-priced admission. College students on the schools of the week can skate at no cost. Proof of school ID is required.

Skating begins at 10 a.m. every day. Frog Pond closes at 9 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Skating stops at 3:45 p.m. on Mondays. Ticket gross sales finish a half hour earlier than closing.


Skate @ Canal District Kendall presents determine and hockey skate leases ($10 for adults and $6 for kids beneath age 13). One-day admission is $6 for adults ($4 for college students and seniors, $1 for kids age 13 and beneath). Skaters may also lease a locker for a payment and skate sharpening is offered for $10.

The Cambridge ice rink is open Mondays and Tuesdays, midday to five p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays, midday to eight p.m.; Fridays, midday to 9 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to six p.m.


Constructed as a brief rink by a gaggle of volunteers within the late Nineteen Nineties, the Kelly Rink has change into a neighborhood mainstay during the last 25 years.

Owned by the Massachusetts Division of Conservation and Recreation, the Kelly Outside Rink is positioned behind Stony Brook MBTA orange line station on Marbury Terrace in Jamaica Plain. It’s free and open to all. Skates may be rented for $3. The rink presents the youth of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury a possibility for reasonably priced skating classes.

The Pals of the Kelly Rink, an all-volunteer group, presents help and gives reasonably priced ice skate leases and skating classes.

The small group rink opened for the season on Dec. 18 and, like others, the open skate hours have been impacted by the wet heat climate. 

“We’ve had good days, dangerous days, and days in between,” says Kimberly Rand, president of the Pals of the Kelly Rink. “Mom Nature is in cost, not us. ”

Rand says the rink, as soon as an undiscovered gem, has seen a bump in numbers over the previous few years as folks started trying to find methods to get outside amid the pandemic. Skating was a enjoyable, totally different, protected choice.

“We noticed a few of our highest rental days in [20-plus years],” she mentioned.

The rink might be open via March 12, climate allowing. The rink is open Sunday via Friday: midday to 7:30 p.m., Saturday: 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


That is the ninth 12 months The Rink at MarketStreet has welcomed skaters, and whereas temperatures haven’t all the time felt so seasonal, it doesn’t matter on the Lynnfield market.

“We welcome skaters on heat days or people who really feel a bit extra like winter,” Charlotte Woods, basic supervisor of MarketStreet Lynnfield mentioned. “Our chiller retains the Rink in prime situation, so you may skate 7 days every week whatever the temperature.”

The Rink, centrally positioned within the market, boasts a number of forged iron chimenea fuel hearth pits and benches and a warming tent is shut by for these needing to take a break.

Skate leases are additionally obtainable for a further payment.

The Rink is providing particular theme nights all through the season. Registration is just not required. Skaters will obtain a wearable merchandise for the night, although attendees are urged to decorate in theme. Snacks and non alcoholic drinks can be found within the Warming Tent. All freed from cost with the acquisition of admission. Upcoming themes embody: Jan. 24, Pirates on Ice, 5 to eight p.m.; Feb. 7, SuperHero Night time, 5 to eight p.m.

Admission is $12 and kids beneath age 3 are free. The rink is open via Feb. 26. Mondays via Fridays, 3 p.m. to eight p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to eight p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to eight p.m. See the web site for particular hours on trip weeks and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Whereas technically not a skating rink, The Meadows has been a winter gathering spot for Danvers residents for many years.

Every winter, skaters flock to the flooded wetlands to benefit from the outside and get some train. Overseen by the Recreation Division, a “rink” is created when public works crews put up boards to create the skating space round November.

“It’s very a lot a townie factor,” mentioned Nick Campion, assistant director of the Recreation Division. “We actually don’t exit of our strategy to promote or advertise. It’s distinctive to Danvers.”