So far this winter is perfect for ice skating–cold enough for ice, but you won’t freeze your toes off. If you’re looking for cheap ice skating, or better yet, FREE, you have plenty of choices.
Where can you find Cheap Ice Skating in Boston?
There’s always the Frog Pond on Boston Common. While not the cheapest, you can make out well if you’re with several kids AND even better if you have your own skates. For those under 58-inches tall, skating is FREE, for the rest of us, its $6.00. Skate rentals are Adult men/women: $12.00 Kids: $6.00.
Here’s where it gets better. Skating at all DCR-owned and run rinks is FREE and you can find the complete list here of rinks around the state.. The catch is that some of the rinks are managed by another organization that does charge a fee, but on the list those ones are marked with an asterisk (*). Most offer skate rentals for a small fee too.
Patriots Place also offers Winter Skate this winter. Skating fees are adults: $8, Children (12 and under): $6, Seniors (65 and older): $6 but you can get $2 off admission price with a coat donation to Cradles to Crayons. Ice Skate Rentals are $4.
If you prefer indoor ice-skating, many towns have rinks that offer public skating for a small fee. In Natick you can skate at the William L Chase arena for just $5 plus rentals (also 45), in Framingham you can go to Loring Arena where adults are charged $5 and kids under 12 costs only $3 (rentals $5). Simply google “ice rink” along with the name of a town to find other rinks.
If you don’t own skates, often you can buy used ones for not much more than a couple day’s worth of rental fees. Check Craiglist, online yardsales, local Savers, Goodwill, or Salvation army stores, or Play it Again Sports in Dedham.