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Ice Skating – a Massachusetts Tradition

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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

The Boston Globe said it best back in 1887, in a roundup of the state’s prized skating rinks.  “There is certainly no outdoor winter exercise so invigorating or so enjoyable as ice-skating, and none so inexpensive,” wrote the Globe.

The same holds true 128 years later!  Massachusetts has hundreds of ice skating rinks – indoors and outdoors – throughout the Commonwealth that are invigorating, enjoyable and inexpensive.

Winter on the Wharf at the Rowes Wharf Rotunda Rink

Rotunda @ The Boston Harbor Hotel

In fact, the official ice skating season gets underway today, November 25, as the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) opens 40 of its 42 rinks (two are undergoing construction) around the state.  Click here to find schedule, directions and skate rental fees and contact information for each.

Here is a quick overview of other great ice skating spots around the state.  Be sure to check for opening dates and schedules for each listing.  Enjoy!

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Boston Common Frog Pond

Greater Boston

Boston Common Frog Pond, Downtown Boston

Boston Harbor Hotel, Rowes Wharf

Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, Cambridge

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Worcester Oval

Central Mass

Common Oval, Worcester

North Star Skating Club, Westborough

Cape Cod

Tony Kent Arena, South Dennis

Gallo Ice Arena, Buzzard’s Bay

Nantucket

Nantucket Ice, Nantucket

MetroWest

Babson Skating Center, Wellesley

New England Sports Center, Marlborough

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North of Boston

Tully Forum, Chelmsford

Burlington Ice Palace, Burlington 

South of Boston

Hetland Skating Arena, New Bedford

Armstrong Skating Arena, Plymouth

Western Massachusetts

Canterbury Farms Pond, Becket

Monterey Outdoor Ice Pavilion Monterey

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