It’s winter and we’re all thinking of ways to stay active and have fun. There are tons of places in Westchester to go ice skating. Many of the ice rinks offer lessons, have a snack bar for lunch and will let you schedule your next birthday party. The indoor ice rinks are heated, but it’s still a good idea to dress in layers and dress little ones in snow pants. If you’re new to skating (ahem, that’s me), your ice skates should be a half size smaller than your shoe size. They should be snug, but you should be able to wiggle your toes. Also, lace your skates tightly from the bottom. Now, go have fun!
Brewster Ice Arena is a three level, 90,000 square foot facility with two regulation rinks, a studio rink, Players Sports Bar and Restaurant (below photo), pro shop and gym. You can take group lessons, join a league, have a birthday party, go to skating and hockey camp and skate for fun! Weekend public skating times are: 12:45pm – 2:15pm, 3pm-4:30pm and 8pm-10pm on Saturdays and Sundays 12:45pm – 2:15pm and 3pm-4:30pm. For weekdays, public skating is 9am – 2pm and Fridays also from 3pm – 5pm. The cost: kids (under 12) $5, adults $7, seniors $5, skate rentals $3, walker rental $2, Friday Nights are $10. 63 Fields Lane, Brewster (North Salem border); 845-279-2229
Ebersole Ice Rink is owned by the city of White Plains and offers public skating Wednesday – Friday from 12pm – 2pm, Thursdays also from 3pm – 5pm, Friday nights at 8pm – 10pm, Saturday nights 7:45pm – 9:30pm and Sundays adult only from 10am – 11:45am and general session 1:15pm – 4pm. Cost: kids $9, adults $11, seniors $8 with reduced prices for residents with ID. Check out their skating and hockey classes and info on camps, too. For snacks, Ebersole has a concession stand, too. 110 Lake Street, White Plains; 914-422-1348
Evarts Rink at The Harvey School is a private rink and doesn’t offer much public skating. The rink is open to the public a day before most holidays with a DJ and hot chocolate. On Martin Luther King Day, January 21, the rink is open to the public from 12:45 – 2:45 for $5 per person, but bring your own skates! The next holiday open to the public is February 18 at the same times. Find out about private lessons and group lessons on their website. 240 Jay Street, Katonah; 914-232-3618
Hommocks Park Ice Rink (above photo) is owned and operated by the Town of Mamaroneck. Public Skating is: Mondays 12:30 – 2:30pm, Tuesdays 1pm – 5:15pm, Thursdays – Saturdays 1pm – 5:15pm plus Friday nights 7:15pm – 9:15pm and Sundays 11am – 5:15pm and Check out their schedule for skating and hockey lessons and info about birthday parties. The cost: Adults $8, children (under 12) $7, skate rental $4, plus discounts for residents. The Slapshot Cafe offers burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, pizza and more. Located at Boston Post Road and Weaver Street in Larchmont, (behind Hommocks Middle School); 914-834-1069
Come to Murray Skating Center in Yonkers (above photo) for a DJ on most weekends and open skating Wednesday – Friday 10am – 12pm, Friday and Saturday nights 8pm – 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm and Sunday nights 5:20pm – 7:20pm. Cost: $7, $4 skate rental. The Ice Palace Cafe is perfect for a snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Find out about skating and hockey classes and camp on their website. 348 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers; 914-377-469
Unfortunately, Rye Playland’s Ice Casino is closed for the 2013 season because of damage due to Hurricane Sandy.
Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford offers public skating on the weekends from 1:30pm – 4pm. For weekday times, please check their monthly schedule for specific times and call ahead because times are subject to change. The cost: $10.75 for adults, $9.75 for kids 10 and under and $6.25 for kids 3 and under plus skate rental of $4.25. You can also take classes, play hockey and have your next birthday party at WSA. Have a salad or sandwich at the Ice Bar and Grill or stop for a quick hot chocolate. There is also a separate bar area for a draft beer! Check out their pro shop for your very own pair of skates. 91 Fairview Park Drive, Elmsford; 914.347.8232
There are several Westchester County’s parks that provide outdoor ice skating seven days a week during the day. Of course, the weather has to be cold enough for the ice to be safe, so call the individual park before you go. (These outdoor rinks haven’t opened yet this season, but will hopefully open soon.) Bring your own skates!
Blue Mountain Reservation: Welcher Avenue, Peekskill; 914-862-5275
Mountain Lakes Park: Hawley Road, North Salem, 914-864-7312
Tibbetts Brook Park: Midland Avenue, Yonkers; 914-231-2865
Wampus Pond: Route 128, Armonk; 914-273-3230
Willson’s Woods: East Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon; 914-813-6990