Ice Skating: Great Places to Glide
I did a lot of ice skating as a child but, to be honest, my figure eights and pirouettes were never that good. So instead of me slipping and sliding my way across the ice as my daughter’s instructor, I’ve decided I’ll hire a professional to teach her how to skate. Fortunately, not only does Boston offer a slew of incredible spots to skate to your heart’s content, but the city is also home to some truly wonderful skate lesson opportunities.
Whether your child is just getting on the ice for the first time or wants to perfect his form for hockey or figure skating, there are teachers available at every level to make all of your frozen dreams come true. You never know, at some point your kiddo might be teaching you a thing or two about how to make the most of your rink time.
No matter where you live in the area, get dialed in to Boston’s skating community for some chilly, exhilarating fun that will keep you and your children moving all winter long.
Where to Learn to Skate
The State Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) offers more than 40 ice skating rinks throughout Massachusetts, managing a few of them itself, while the rest are operated by a private firm, a town or city, or a local community group. Facility Management Corporation (FMC Ice Sports) manages 24 skating rinks, from as far north as Chelmsford to as far south as Plymouth. FMC offers skating lessons for ages 3 and up. Some town-managed DCR rinks and Bedford’s Edge Sports Center offer lessons through their municipal recreation departments.
The best-known skating spot in the city is the Frog Pond on Boston Common. A wading pool in the summer, the pond is a popular ice skating rink from mid-November or December, depending on weather, to early March. Opening ceremonies feature precision skating teams, pairs and champion figure skaters. The Frog Pond offers concessions, skate rentals, rest rooms and a warming area, not to mention a wonderfully picturesque place to glide.
In East Cambridge, Kendall Square Community Skating hosts a seasonal outdoor ice-skating rink in a landscaped courtyard. The refrigerated ice surface is maintained by a Zamboni, and the rink offers skate rentals, lessons, private rink rentals and a café serving hot drinks and snacks.
The Kirrane Ice Skating Rink in Brookline’s famed Larz Anderson Park is an open-air rink with a heated skating pavilion, ice skate rentals, a skate sharpening shop and a snack bar. Lessons are offered by the town recreation department.
Where do you go if you’re really good on the ice? Check out Lexington’s membership-only Hayden Recreation Centre. Their Haydenettes – synchronized skaters ages 18 to 26 – are 2015’s U.S. Figure Skating National champions.
Robin Chalmers Mason is a freelance writer.
• Bay State Skating School – 781-890-8480; baystateskatingschool.org.
• Boston Common Frog Pond – 617-635-2120; bostonfrogpond.com.
• DCR Rinks – 617-626-1250; mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/recreational-activities/ice-skating.html.
• The Edge Sports Center of Bedford – 781-275-9700; theedgesportscenter.com.
• FMC Ice Sports – 888-74-SKATE; fmcicesports.com.
• Hayden Recreation Centre – 781-862-5575; jwhayden.org.
• Kendall Square Community Skating – 617 492-0941; kendallsquare.org/ice.html.
• Kirrane Ice Skating Rink – 617-739-7518; brooklinerec.com/152/kirrane-ice-skating-rink.
• The Skating Club of Boston – 617-782-5900; scboston.org.