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GUIDE TO LONG ISLAND ICE RINKS
Cantiague Park Ice Rink
Stop by for public skating every afternoon,
including weekends. Nassau
residents pay $10 for adults and $6 for
children; nonresidents pay $22 for
adults and $15 for children. 480 W.
John St., Hicksville, 516-571-7056, nassaucountyny.
Christopher Morley Park
This regulation-sized outdoor rink, a
popular Nassau spot, holds open skating
six days a week (none on Thursdays).
500 Searingtown Rd., Roslyn,
De Matteis Ice Rink
Public skating is offered at this outdoor
rink from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
on weeknights, weather permitting.
Weekend sessions start every two
hours between noon and 9:30 p.m.
Admission costs $10 for adults and
$6 for kids under 12. 102 EAB Plaza,
Freeport Recreation Center Ice
Enjoy free skate rentals at the Thursday
afterschool skating special from
3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday night is Teen
Night from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., set to
music. Public skating is available on
Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; one
parent skates free with each child.
Freeport residents enjoy discount
passes and activity cards. 130 E.
Merrick Rd., Freeport, 516-377-2314.
Grant Park Skating Rink
This outdoor rink is open five days
a week (closed on Tuesdays and
Wednesdays). Check out the night
skating from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday
and Saturday nights. Skate rental is
available. Broadway and Sheridan
Ave., Hewlett, 516-571-7821, nassaucountyny.
Public skates are held Fridays from
3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from
noon to 2:30 p.m. and Sundays from
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (children
only) and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission
costs $9 for kids 9 and younger; $11
for all other ages. Skate to a live DJ
Friday nights from 8:30 p.m. to 10
p.m. Birthday parties are available,
as well as a skating school, hockey
camps, and a figure skating club.
Discounts for large groups and
frequent skaters. 3345 Hillside
Ave., New Hyde Park, 516-746-1100,
Formerly the official practice facility
of the New York Islanders, this
top-tier rink offers learn-to skate
program for kids and toddlers, as
well as hockey classes for “minis”
(ages 5 to 7), Hockey 101 (ages 7 to 12)
and adult hockey instruction. 175 Underhill
Ice skating isn’t just for hockey players
Blvd., Syosset, 516-496-2277,
Long Beach Municipal Ice Arena
Offers multiple weekly public skating
sessions, as well as a half-hour
learn-to-skate program on Fridays,
Saturdays, and Sundays for skaters
aged 4 and older. Public skate sessions
cost $8 per adult and $6 per child 12
and under for residents; nonresident
adults pay $10 and $8 for children.
Skate rentals cost $5. There is also
a snack bar and party room. 150 W.
Bay Dr., Long Beach, 516-705-7385,
Long Island Sports Hub
This multisports complex includes an
ice hockey-focused rink for skating
and skill development, scrimmages
and more. It offers skate and rink
rentals, as well as skill development
programs for beginner to advanced
players. 165 Eileen Way, Syosset, 516-
Holds multiple public skates, including
Friday night sessions. Youth
hockey, private and group lessons
and birthday parties are also available.
2600 Newbridge Rd., Bellmore,
Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower
This is the new official practice
facility of the New York Islanders.
Public sessions are typically held
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays
and Sundays; check the website for
evening times. Admission costs $11
for skaters 13 and up, $9 for kids
ages 6 to 12, and free for kids aged 5
and younger. 200 Merrick Ave, East
Meadow, 516-441-0070, northwellhealthicecenter.
Port Washington Skating Center
Sundays are Family Skating Day
from 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. There’s
also skating school, open skating
sessions and youth and adult hockey.
Party packages can also be booked.
70 Seaview Blvd., Port Washington,
Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating
Located at Bethpage Community
Park. Offers skate rentals, public
sessions and group lessons, youth
hockey and birthday parties. Figure
skating lessons are provided by the
RINX Skating School. 1001 Stewart
Ave., Bethpage, 516-433-7465, oysterbaytown.
Deer Park Tanger Ice Rink
Why not skate where you shop? Admission
is $10 (kids younger than 5
skate free) and skate rentals are
$4 (free for TangerClub members).
Check the website for current public
hours. Teens with school IDs enjoy
discounted skating on Tuesdays,
and there’s a Friday night skate
complete with DJ. 152 The Arches
Cir., Deer Park, 631-940-9750,
Dix Hills Ice Rink
This Town of Huntington-owned
rink holds open skating sessions on
weekends from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays
and Fridays from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45
p.m. There’s also a special Friday
night session with a DJ from 8:15 p.m.
to 10:15 p.m. 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy.,
Dix Hills, 631-462-5883, huntingtonny.
Southampton Ice Rink
A semi-enclosed facility, this
refrigerated rink offers skating
into April, with public skating
held six days a week (closed Mondays).
Skate rentals are available,
as well as afterschool lessons and
hockey leagues. 668 County Rd.
39, Southampton, 631-283-2158.
Superior Ice Rink
Hit the ice for public sessions from
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends,
Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m.
to 6 p.m., and with a DJ on Friday
nights from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Admission costs $9 for adults and
$7 for children ages 11 and younger.
270 Indian Head Rd., Kings Park,
Featuring twin NHL regulation-size
rinks, this Town of Islip building
located in Hidden Pond Park is Suffolk’s
premiere destination for all
things ice. It offers party packages,
skating schools, hockey camps and
a snack bar. Open skates are held
from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4
p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Tuesdays through
Fridays; weekend sessions run from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also check out the
Friday “Rock & Roll Night,” from
8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. 660 Terry
Rd., Hauppauge, 631-232-3222,
The Rinx at Harborfront Park
You can’t beat the view at this outdoor
rink in Port Jefferson’s Harborfront
Park, open seven days a week.
Parties, lessons and locker rentals
are available. 101-A E Broadway,
Port Jefferson, 631-403-4357, therinx.
The Rinx at Wyandanch Plaza
This relatively new outdoor rink
offers public skating through March
1. Sessions run Monday to Friday
from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., from noon to
8 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 6
p.m. on Sundays. Admission costs
$8 per adult, $5 for kids and $4.50
for seniors. Multiple learn-to-skate
classes are also offered. 40 Station
Dr., Wyandanch, 631-643-2050,