Now that temperatures have turned, there’s at least one outdoor advantage: Long Islanders can enjoy ice-skating in the fresh air absent of city crowds. Whether you’re a professional or beginner, it doesn’t matter. We made a list of six places you can go to spend a romantic date night or delightful family outing. Kick your holiday spirit up a notch by skating at one of these outdoor Long Island ice rinks.
The Rink at RXR Plaza, Uniondale
RXR plaza is not your typical ice rink. You can catch a performance from a local orchestra or high school, see the famous tree lit up or explore the winter garden all in one trip. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children, $5 for skates or $50 for the family fun pack, which includes two adults, two kids, four skates and four hot chocolates. They open Dec. 9, weather permitting. Hours vary week-by-week so check the website for more details on when to go.
Bayville Winter Wonderland, Bayville
Known as Long Island’s Winter Park, this holiday attraction has an Ice Skating Adventure in addition to Santa’s Toy Factory Funhouse, train rides, story telling, arts and crafts, light shows and rock climbing. As if that doesn’t sound like enough family fun, there’s also an outdoor wood-burning hearth to sip hot chocolate with your favorite holiday characters.
Tanger Outlets, Deer Park
Take a break from the holiday shopping madness and skate circles around the magnificent Tanger Outlet tree! The rink is surrounded by holiday lights and cheery shops that give off the ultimate feeling of Christmas. Admission is $10 and skate rental is $4 per person. Click here for more information on hours.
Mitchell Park Ice Rink, Greenport
This rink is worth the trip to the North Fork. It has a waterside location with beautiful sea views to keep an eye on while you nail a triple axel. Whether you’re having a fun night out with friends or participating in family night, this rink is a must visit for your winter escapades. Just be sure to bundle up! Adults are $5 on the weekdays and $10 on the weekends. Those under 18 or seniors are $3 on weekdays and $7 on weekends.
Christopher Morley Park, Roslyn
Known for its location next to the park’s pond, this rink is a popular spot for skaters of all ages. The rink offers recreational skating, hockey practice, private lessons and parties. When Jack Frost starts nipping at your toes, find the snack stand inside to warm up fireside with a cup of hot chocolate. Prices and times vary depending on whether or not you have a leisure pass.
The Rinx at Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson
Skating on the harbor makes this outdoor ice rink one-of-a-kind. Afterwards, you can explore the Port Jefferson Village to find chic cafes and restaurants to warm up in. The park is open for skating Nov. 25, 2016 to March 12, 2017. Adults are $10 on weekdays $11 on weekends, and children are $7.50 on weekdays and $8.50 on weekends. Click here for more information on times, rates and parties.