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Skate Away: Boston Ice Rink Offers Winter Fun

By Tom Richardson
The Rink at 401 Park in Boston's Fenway neighborhood offers family fun through the winter.

Of all the outdoor activities covered by Explore New England, ice skating has managed to fly under the radar. Yet skating deserves its due, as it’s another fun way to enjoy the winter season and stay active throughout the region. Plus, it doesn’t require a lot of costly equipment.

Those seeking outdoor ice time in the heart of Boston can find it in the Fenway neighborhood at the seasonal, outdoor skating venue called the Rink at 401 Park presented by REI. Located right outside the REI Co-op Boston store, Trillium Brewery, and Time Out Market, the rink is a great place for skaters of all skill levels to enjoy the ice in an outdoor setting. It’s open from late November through March 5, weather permitting. To reserve a skate time, rent skates, and purchase tickets, click here.

The Rink at 401 Park is ideal for families and those learning to skate.

REI Co-op (an ENE sponsor) is the presenting partner of the Rink at 401 Park, and offers Co-op members free skate sharpening services** through February at its adjacent Boston store location. REI staff are available to offer advice and help with skate fitting, and skates are for sale either in-store (while supplies last at the Boston location only) or online.

Through the skating season, REI will also offer rinkside membership activations, giveaways, demos, and fun events. This season’s lineup includes:

  • Saturday, January 14 & Saturday, January 28, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Skis or snowboard need a tune-up? Join REI techs rinkside for a free base ski or snowboard wax and inspection. There will be special giveaways and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Enter to win a pair of K2 ice skates (various size options will be available)!

  • Saturday, January 28 @ 9 a.m.

HOKA x REI Winter Run Club. There are options for a 2- or 4-mile jog and participants will have the opportunity to test out a pair of HOKAs. All ages and abilities welcome. 

  • Saturday, February 11 @ 9 a.m.

HOKA x REI Winter Run Club. There are options for a 2- or 4-mile jog and participants will have the opportunity to test out a pair of HOKAs. All ages and abilities welcome. 

  • Saturday, February 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join REI Co-op rinkside for a free basic bike tune-up and inspection. Look for the green REI tent outside of the skate rental tent for a chance to enter to win our sweepstakes for a $350 REI gift card and for an opportunity to win prizes on the spot.

 

REI Co-op will offer free ski and snowboard tuning at the rink on January 28.

Visit REI online for additional information about the above events and more.

The REI Boston Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for more store information and to plan your visit.  
 
** One skate sharpening service is available per member per visit and proof of membership is required. Upon inspection, REI reserves the right to reject providing ice skate sharpening services based on the condition of the equipment. Equipment must be clean and free of rust and damage to qualify. Skate sharpening services are only available at REI Co-op Boston and offered through the end of February.

 

General Rink Info

 

The Rink at 401 Park is located adjacent to Trillium Brewery and REI Co-op's Fenway store.

Of course, the Rink at 401 Park isn’t the only public skating option in New England. Here’s a list of some other rinks (and some ponds) throughout Massachusetts and New England. By the way, if you are considering skating on a natural lake or pond, be sure to exercise caution and seek local advice on ice conditions before venturing out. Click here for more ice safety tips and advice.

New England Ice Skating Rinks

 

Massachusetts

The MA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation manages over 40 ice rinks throughout the Commonwealth. Visit the DCR site for details.

Boston Frog Pond

Boston

Kendall Square Community Outdoor Ice Skating

Cambridge, 781-891-6575

Kirrane Ice Skating Rink

Brookline, 617-879-4998

New England Sports Center

Marlborough, 508-229-2700

Winter Skate at Patriot Place

Foxborough, 508-203-2100

Worcester Common Oval

Worcester, (508) 929-0777

 

Connecticut

Westport Pal Rink at Longshore

Westport, 203-226-7465

Simsbury Farms

Simsbury, 860-658-3836

Eastbury Pond

Glastonbury, 860-652-7710

Bushnell Park

Hartford, 860-232-6710

 

Maine

Orland H. Blake Skating Pond

Yarmouth, 207-846-2406

The Waterhouse Center

Kennebunk, 207-985-2102

Goddards Pond

Bath

Thompson Point

Portland, 207-747-5288

Scarborough Maine Ice Rink

Scarborough, 207-730-4150

Brunswick Mall Rink

Brunswick, 207-725-6656

Jalbert Park Skating Rink

Fort Kent, 207-834–5773

Sugarloaf Outdoor Rink

Carrabassett Valley, 207-237-6830

 

New Hampshire

Bretton Woods

603-278-3320

Nestlenook Farm Winter Wonderland

Jackson, 603-383-7101

King Pine Ice Rink

Madison, 603-367-8896

Strawbery Banke Museum

Portsmouth, 603-433-1100

Jackson’s Landing

Durham, NH 603-868-3907

Schouler Park

North Conway, 603-447-5680

Loon Mountain

Lincoln, 603-745-7500

 

Rhode Island

Alex & Ani City Center

Providence, 401-331-5544

Newport Skating Center

Newport, 401-846-3018

Washington Trust Ice Rink

Westerly, 401-637-7902

 

Vermont

Essex Junction Rink

Essex Junction, 802-857-7300

Gordon Paquette Ice Arena

Burlington, 802-865-7558; enjoyburlington.com

4 Seasons & Buck Park

St. Johnsbury

Jay Peak Ice Haus

Jay, 802-988-2727; jaypeakresort.com

Okemo Mountain Resort

Ludlow, 802-228-1600

The Ice Center

Waterbury, 802-244-4040

Skatium

Waitsfield, 802-496-8845

Smugglers’ Notch Resort

Cambridge, 802-332-6854

Union Arena

Woodstock, 802-457-2500

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