Aside from private ponds where can families skate outdoors together these days?  Foxwoods Rink and Winter Patio is a destination for parents and kids together this season –  skate seven days a week on an outdoor rink and enjoy hot chocolate while relaxing by one of the outdoor fire pits. Trees surrounding the rink are decorated with more than 100,000 lights. The rates are reasonable and skate rentals are available.  There’s even a discount for Foxwoods Card Holders ($8 Skate Fee which includes skate rental) and Free Tuesdays (skate rental applies).  Tickets cannot be purchased in advance.

In addition to Winterfest‘s rink in Hartford’s Bushnell Park, other places for ice skating with kids outdoors around the state (Please tell us about others!)

Avon – Countryside Park

Bloomfield – Filley Park

Glastonbury – Eastbury Pond and J.B. Williams Park

Manchester – Charter Oak Park and Union Pond Park

Simsbury – Simsbury Farms and Stratton Brook State Park

Torrington – Burr Pond State Park and John A. Minetto State Park

West Hartford – Beachland ParkFernridge Park and Wolcott Park

Wethersfield- Mill Woods ParkBeaverbrook LinearPark/Spring Street Pond

Indoor choices:

Veterans Memorial Skating RinkIce Skating with Kids, West Hartford which also offers a fun Friday evening out with DJ Skate.

Newington Arena

Northford Ice Pavilion

Norwich Ice Rink

Ralph Walker Rink, New Haven

Champions Skating Center, Cromwell

Danbury Arena

Sports Center of CT, Shelton

Stamford Twin Rinks

When you need more family time ideas for events around the state, always check our Event Calendar!