Surrounded by water, Long Island offers an abundance of ponds, lakes, canals, and bays. Whether you live near Lake Ronkonkoma, Georgica Pond in East Hampton, Lake Panamoka in Ridge, Mill Pond in Setauket, Miller Place Duck Pond, Red Creek Pond in Hampton Bays, Fort Pond in Montauk, Poxabogue Pond in Sagaponack, or the canals along the Great South Bay, there are plenty of opportunities to ice skate. Contact your local township for skating locations and to confirm safe skating conditions.
Dix Hills Ice Rink, at 575 Vanderbilt Parkway in Dix Hills, is open year-round for public skating. Fall/winter schedule: Monday-Friday 10am-12pm; Monday and Friday 12:15-2:15pm; Thursday and Friday 3:45-5:45pm; Wednesday 9-10pm (adults only); Friday 8:15-10:15pm (DJ night); Saturday and Sunday 11:30am-1:30pm, 1:45-3:45pm. Weekday admission with Rec Card: $6.50, $5 children; without Rec Card: $10 adults, $8 children. Weekend admission with Rec Card: $8, $5.50 children; without Rec Card: $12; $8.50 children. $3.50 skate rentals. 631-462-5883.
The Rinx, at 660 Terry Road in Hauppauge, is open year-round for public skating: Monday-Friday 12:30-2:30pm; Tuesday-Friday 4:15-5:45pm; Friday 8:15-10:15pm (Rock & Roll Night); Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm. Schedule subject to change; call to confirm. Weekdays: $10; $7.50 children 11 and under; $4.50 seniors; $12 on Friday night. Weekend and school holidays: $11; $8.50 children 11 and under; $5.50 seniors. Islip residents receive $1 off adult admission with recreation card. $5.50 skate rental. 631-232-3222. www.therinx.com.
The Rinx at Harborfront Park, at the Port Jefferson Village Center, 101-A East Broadway in Port Jefferson, hosts outdoor Skating on the Harbor through mid-March: Monday-Friday 12-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, 4-5:30pm, 6:30-8pm; additional sessions Friday at 10-11:30am and 8-10pm; Saturday and Sunday 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm, 2:30-4pm, 4:30-6pm, 8-10pm; additional session Saturday 8-10pm. Weekdays: $9.50; $7 children 11 and under; $4.50 seniors. Weekends and school holidays: $10.50; $8 children 11 and under; $5.50 seniors. $5 skate rental. 631-403-4357; www.portjeffrink.com.
Superior Ice Rink, at 270 Indian Head Road in Kings Park, is open year-round for public skating: Tuesday 10am-12pm; Wednesday 12:30-2:30pm, 4-6pm; Friday (with DJ) 8:30-10:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 1-3pm. $9; $7 children 11 and under; $5 seniors and children 3 and under (includes skate rental). $4 skate rental. 631-269-3900; www.superioricerink.com.
Enjoy seasonal ice skating at Tanger Outlets at the Arches, at 152 The Arches Circle in Deer Park, through March 15. Monday-Friday 3-9pm ($7; $3 skate rental); Saturday and Sunday 11am-9pm ($10; $4 skate rental). FREE admission for children under 5 every day. 631-242-0239; www.tangeroutlet.com/deerpark.
Mitchell Park Ice Rink in Greenport is an outdoor rink open while the weather permits: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 3-6pm; Wednesday and Thursday 3-5pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. Holiday hours vary. Weekday admission: $5; $3 children under 18 and seniors. Weekend and school holiday admission: $10; $6 children under 18 and seniors. $2 skate rental. Cash only. 631-477-2200; www.greenportvillage.com.
And in Nassau County:
- Cantiague Park's indoor ice skating rink, at 480 West John Street in Hicksville, is open September-June for public skating: daily 1-3pm; additional sessions Friday 3:30-5:30pm, 8-10pm. Hours subject to change, call to confirm. $14; $10 children. With Leisure Pass (Nassau County residents): $7; $5 children; $4 seniors; FREE children 3 and under. $4 skate rental. 516-571-7056 or 516-571-7058.
- The outdoor Syosset-Woodbury Community Park ice rink, at 7800 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury, will be open through the end of February: Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm; Friday 4-6pm and 7-9pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am-12pm, 1-3pm, 4-6pm, and 7-9pm (select Sundays). Open Martin Luther King Jr. Day 10am-12pm and 1-3pm. Open daily February 15-19: 10am-12pm, 1-3pm, 4-6pm, and 7-9pm. Admission per two-hour session: $4; $3 children 5-17; $1 senior citizens 60 and older, volunteer firefighters, and auxiliary police with identification; FREE children under 4. $3 skate rental. 516-677-5990; www.oysterbaytown.com.
Also see our Round Up of Rinks in Manhattan.