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
For more about Massachusetts visit MassVacation.com

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