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Top Places To Go Ice Skating In Connecticut

November 17, 2012 8:00 AM

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Add gloves and a warm jacket to your list. Connecticut offers both indoor and outdoor skating rinks across the state as ice skating is a winter activity to enjoy all season long. Public skating, skate lessons, hockey and even speed skating are offered at many of these local rinks. Lace up your skates and bring your family to one of these Connecticut favorites.

Milford Ice Pavilion
291 Bic Drive
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 878-6516
www.milfordice.com

This indoor skating rink offers lessons, hockey and open skating. The rink is open to the public Mondays through Saturdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission cost is $7 per person and $3 for skate rental. For those interested in learning to ice skate, check out the lessons which are divided by age and ability; ages three and older, beginners to advanced and adult classes. Each session lasts eight weeks with a fee of $125 per session plus a one-time $15 USFSA annual membership. Birthday parties are held during open skating hours and a snack shop is available to keep your energy up while enjoying the ice.

Simsbury Farms Ice Rink
100 Old Farms Road
West Simsbury, CT 06092
(860) 658-3836
www.simsburyrec.com

What better way to enjoy your winter than skating outdoors? From November 3 to March 17, the Simsbury Farms Ice Rink is open for public skating. This covered rink is open Saturdays from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as Sundays from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Please note that it is closed November 22-24, December 25 and December 27-29. The general admission fee is $2 for residents ages 15 and younger or 65 and older, $3 for adult residents, $4 for non-residents ages 15 and younger or 65 and older and $5 for non-resident adults. Skate rentals are available for $3 per pair. Individual and family season passes can be purchased for residents ($60 family, $30 individual) and non-residents ($100 family, $50 individual).

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Veterans Memorial Skating Rink
56 Buena Vista Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 521-1573
www.westhartford.org

The friendly atmosphere of Veterans Memorial will welcome all skill levels of ice skating. The rink is open to the public daily for winter hours November 18 through March 9. The hours vary by day in the daytime and evenings, so be sure to view the schedule online. Admission cost is $6.25 per adult resident, $5.75 per child and senior resident, $7.25 per non-resident and $4 for skate rentals. One child per adult admission can skate for free on Sundays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the winter schedule. A skating team, hockey activities, speed skating and birthday parties are also available. Try speed skating Wednesdays from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. if interested. Santa will be visiting December 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to skate and hand out gifts.

Rink at Parade Plaza
Historic Waterfront District
New London, CT 06320
(860) 910-7787
www.newlondonwaterfrontdistrict.org

New London transforms into a winter paradise along its historic waterfront district. Dress warm for the outdoor skating rink. Daily public skating times are available this season. Stop by Mondays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $5 and children ages 12 and under are $3. Limited helmet and skate rentals are available on site.

Danbury Ice Arena
1 Independence Way
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 794-1704
www.danburyice.com

The Danbury Ice Arena features figure skating lessons, youth and women’s hockey and lessons for adults, tots or children. A crowd pleaser is the availability of daily public skating. These public sessions run Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with additional evening hours on Fridays from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturdays from 1:10 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. and Sundays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adult admission is $7, senior citizens pay $6 and children ages 12 and younger pay $6. Both skate and helmet rentals are available for visitors.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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