There are several options when looking for ice skating rinks. It first depends on whether you own your own skates or need to rent. All indoor, plus a few outdoor rinks, have skate rentals available.
For outdoor ice rinks, Rochester needs 3-5 days of sub 32 degree daily high temperatures for the ice to form and set.
Ice skating, along with other snow sports, is a great way to stay active in wintertime.
Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
With Skate Rentals Available
- Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park at Manhattan Square
- Town of Irondequoit (website not kept up to date)
- Town of Greece
Bring Your Own Skates
- Highland Park at the Lily Pond on South Ave near School #12
- Churchville Park
- Ellison Park
- Akron Falls Park
- Como Lake Park
Indoor Ice Skating Rinks
- Rochester Ice Center
- Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex, MCC
- Lakeshore Hockey Arena
- Scottsville Ice Arena
- Genesee Valley Park Sports Complex
- Dick’s House of Sport, Eastview Mall
- Village Sports
- Webster Ice Arena
- Falleti Ice Arena
- Tuttle North Ice Arena, College at Brockport
- Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena, RIT
A man learns to skate by staggering about and making a fool of himself. Indeed he progresses in all things by resolutely making a fool of himself.
― George Bernard Shaw
Indoor rinks are consistently maintained and shielded from the weather, making them a great place to go on a hot summer day!
Indoor rinks share ice with hockey practice, lessons, and games so public skate times may not work with your schedule.
Outdoor ice skating rinks tend to be free to access with your own skates, with typical park hours.
Outdoor rinks are open to nature and the elements—both blessing and curse—and can be more free-form without all of the crowds.
Both downhill and cross-country skiing around Rochester is as much recreation as it is a social experience, competition, and a tradition.
Where are your favorite ice skating rinks?
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