Going ice skating is on everyone’s winter bucket list, so why not check off that box now? Going ice skating is one of the quintessential winter activities in Connecticut, and the best part is that there are 10 great rinks around the state for you to discover. Check out our list to see which of these top-notch rinks is closest to you.
Champions Skating Center
6 Progress Dr, Cromwell, CT 06416
The name says it all. Not only does this art sports complex consists of two ice rinks (one NHL size and one Olympic size), this center also is the home to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Adding to this impressive list are 6 hockey programs, the largest adult hockey league in CT (CHL), and a nationally and internationally recognized figure skating program. Need more? There is also a 33,000 square foot Fitness Center with pool and several other sports related businesses. The facility also houses the New England Athletic Club and JenSkates. Make sure to also check out the public skate sessions for $7 per person admission and $3 rental.
Danbury Ice Arena
One Independence Way, Danbury, CT 06810
This arena is one for the books if you’re looking for some public skating this winter. For a regular session, adult tickets are $9, children under 12 are $7, seniors are $4 and all rentals are $4 each. What’s special about this skating arena is its Friday night DJ Skate experience. For just a $10 admission and $4 rentals, you and your family and friends can join the one of a kind disco skating session. There is a sound system right on the ice so you can make special requests and dance around the rink listening to today’s hottest hits. If you’re looking for something more, the arena also offers figure skating and hockey classes for both children and adults. No matter the age group, you will be able to enhance your skating techniques and learn the fundamentals from experienced instructors.
Enfield Twin Rinks
1 Prior Road, Enfield, CT 06082
With a variety of hockey and figure skating programs, the Enfield Twin Rinks has something for everyone. This arena offers an ice skating school as part of the Learn To Skate USA and Beyond program, designed for all skaters (figure, hockey, and speedskating) to learn the basics of ice skating. You can also just skate at your leisure during the public skate weekend hours (Saturdays 7:30-8:50pm and Sundays 3:50-5:20pm) for $8 per person and $3 skate rental. Individuals who are 40 years old or older can enjoy stick time and scrimmages every Sunday from 7:10-8:40pm (full equipment is required). Make sure to come and check out why this location has been a state favorite for the past 30 years.
Greenwich Skating Club
Cardinal Road, Greenwich, CT
An arena for those who are young and those who are young at heart. A place well known for its outdoor ice skating rink, this arena is truly for those skating enthusiasts. The Greenwich Skating Club also offers lessons that are guaranteed to provide stimulating and rewarding athletic experiences. The programs here are designed to develop fundamental skills and the love of hockey in a competitive environment. The club also offers figure skating lessons and competitive teams.
International Skating Center of Connecticut
1375 Hopmeadow Drive, Simsbury, CT 06070
This world-class facility is the “all in one center” for those looking to do more than just skate. The center has two ice rinks, a weight training/fitness room, and a ballet/dance studio so that any patron can experience comprehensive training. The facility also has a full-service restaurant with rink-side dining and a pro shop.
Those looking for figure skating lessons can use the rink for freestyle hours, join a program taught by National, Olympic and World coaches, or register for adult and children lessons. The facility also offers private and group hockey lessons for those who are looking to perfect their skills on the ice. Additionally, there is open hockey for all ages to provide those looking to work on puck handling, shooting, passing, skating, and other skills in a non-game situation. Just want to come to the rink on your own time? The International Skating Center offers public skating throughout the week or the weekend for $5 for Simsbury residents and $7 for non-residents. Skates are available to rent for $3.
New Canaan Winter Club
604 Frogtown Road, New Canaan, CT
This private club was founded in 1957 and still offers the same unique experience as it did back then. It’s the perfect place if you are looking to experience a members-only hockey or figure skating atmosphere. This well-organized, family-oriented setting organizes hockey games, figure skating competitions, practices, and great coaches. For its members, the club offers many advantages and conveniences such as the new online Clubhouse. Definitely consider this location for its original character and charm to hit the ice.
SoNo Ice House
300 Wilson Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854
Based in historic South Norwalk, this state of the art facility features two rinks, one of which is official NHL sized and one training rink. Whether you are into hockey or figure skating, this facility offers elite coaching and a guaranteed fun and educational experience. There are private lessons available for serious hockey and figure skaters, recreational skating, power skating programs, learn-to-skate classes, and advanced programs for athletes looking to sharpen their skills. Additionally, there is a pro shop, cafe, training facility, lockers, party rooms, and an observation area overlooking the main and training rinks. If you’re looking for a fun Friday night, come to SoNo from 7:30-9:20 for $10 admission for adults and $8 for children and seniors. The skate rental is $5 and the penalty box pub is open for food and beverages.
Terry Conners Rink
1125 Cove Road, Stamford, CT 06902
Terry Conners Ice Rink is located in the beautiful Cove Island Park in Stamford and has been in the community since 1973. This rink offers affordable hockey, figure skating and basic skills programs for all residents. Additionally, it is home to Stamford Youth Hockey, Skating Club of Southern Connecticut, Terry Conners Synchronized Skating Teams, and Stamford, Westhill and Trinity High School Hockey Teams as well as Stamford Girls High Hockey Team. There is also public skating available for $8 for adults, $6 for children and students, and $4 rentals. Make sure to stop by the snack bar for all of your food and drink needs while at the rink.
Westport P.A.L. Rink
260 Compo Road South, Westport, CT 06880
Known as the “coolest place in town,” this Westport ice rink is a great place to bring your friends and family for some outdoor ice skating. For an all day pass, admission is just $11 for adults and $8 for children (prices vary with the Westport Parks and Rec handpass). If you need rentals, they are $5. The rink is open every day until early March and can be viewed on the live webcam online before you go. The best parts about this ice skating rink is beautiful view of Long Island sound and the killer sunset views.
Wonderland of Ice
123 Glenwood Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
Home to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, this rink gives you the chance of skating where the pros practice. Public skating is available at this location almost each of the week and is $7 for adults and $5 for children. The skate rental is $5 and is offered from an infant size 6 to an adult size 14. Aside from public ice skating, there are also a multitude of lessons and groups for adults and children to join. Specifically for adults, there is an instructional program designed to create a fun and challenging environment. In these classes you will learn the basics of stick and puck handling, skating and balance, and game strategy. Another fun part of this arena is its Icerobics for those looking to burn some calories while skating.