Top Ice Skating In Connecticut

December 27, 2013 7:00 AM

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It’s amazing what a pair of ice skates can do. Glide gracefully across the ice with an occasional spin or jump or join a hockey team for competitive excitement. It’s all possible at Connecticut’s many ice skating rinks. While one can find skaters with scarves flying in the wind at local ponds and parks, skating at a rink can be so much fun without the threat of falling beneath icy waters. With plenty of opportunity to hone your skills with instructors, sharpen those blades and head to one of the following rinks for indoor ice skating fun. Be sure to wear your mittens and dress in layers because ice skating is definitely a “cool” thing to do.

Ralph Walker Rink at Blake Field
1080 State St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 946-8007 

The Walter Rink at Blake Field is part of the city of New Haven’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees. Therefore, the rink is maintained well and the prices for skating on this rink are most affordable. For instance, an adult skating time is $4 for resident adults and $5 for non-residents. Check the specified times and dates for these rates because there are many activities going on here all of the time. Everything including birthday parties, hockey games, skating lessons, public skating and special events happen here.

Bolton Ice Palace
145 Hop River Road
Bolton, CT 06043
(860) 646-7851

With its own resurfacing machine, figure skating is sure to be smooth as one practices those figure eights at this rink. Bolton Ice Palace has public skating times, private lessons and a theater troupe for those who like to take skating to entertaining challenges. The theater troupe works on both skating techniques and theatrical skills. It is a competitive endeavor providing team spirit. Bolton takes pride in its cultural opportunities both nationally as well as internationally.

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Northford Ice Pavilion
24 Firelite Place
Northford, CT 06472
(203) 484-4054

Young and old alike enjoy the variety of skating programs available at Northford Ice Pavilion. Youngsters can start skating at age three and once they develop the love of skating, they will enjoy it right through their senior years. The programs here conform with the United Figure Skating Association and registered members receive “a record book with stickers, an official Basic Skills member patch, and a U.S.F.S.A. Certificate for each level passed.”

Champions Skating Center
6 Progress Drive
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 632-0323

This skating rink closely identifies with its name. “Champions is the official practice facility to the New York Rangers AHL farm team, the Hartford Wolf Pack,” and has hosted two USA Olympic hockey teams. It has also hosted several Olympic skating champions. This state-of-the-art facility features two ice rinks. One is a National Hockey League size and one is an Olympic size. It is proud of its youth hockey programs and “the largest adult hockey league in the state, a nationally and internationally recognized figure skating program.” It is also open to public skating.  

Wonderland of Ice
123 Glenwood Ave.
Bridgeport, CT
(203) 576-8110

Here’s something really hot for diehard ice skaters. It’s “icerobics,” the no-impact cardio exercise sensation. This is not only fun on skates, but the exercise class boasts that 500 calories are burned in one short hour. What a cool way to exercise. Don’t feel like exercising? There’s plenty of opportunity here for freestyle skating and public skating too. This is a great place to learn to skate.

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at

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