Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Adirondack Family Activities:
Public Ice Skating Indoor Arenas

Once the weather gets a bit more consistent outside it will be time to hit the many outdoor Adirondack skating rinks. Until that time my family makes time for ice-skating at the indoor arenas. That is fine, too. Inside we have the opportunity to take off our skates, warm up our toes and listen to the music piped in over the sound system. It’s a great way to work off the holiday desserts!

Most of the indoor rinks cater to the hockey and figure skating crowd. We’ve found that even if the schedule is posted online, it is best to call first just to make sure a make-up game hasn’t altered the free skate time.

The Saranac Lake Civic Center, Ampersand Ave., changes its phone message daily with public skate times. Remember to call 518-891-3800. The Tupper Lake Civic Center, McLaughlin Ave., offers free skating from noon – 2:45 pm, Monday through Friday. On the weekends the times do vary, but its usually 6:30 – 8 pm. It is recommended to call 518-359-2531.

The Lake George Forum,2200 State Route 9, regularly posts its schedule for the whole season on its website.  At the Forum, public skating is  $3/children (12 and under) and $6/adults, with rentals available for $3.50.The nice option for these indoor rinks is that it is climate controlled and for a novice skater provides a consistent surface.

The 1932 Olympic rink, 2634 Main Street,Lake Placid is open only at certain times for public skating as there are often professional events like Stars on Ice as well as hockey games like Festivus Face-Off, which requires a certain caliber of ice quality.

Though a bit out of the  Blue Line, public skating can be found In Plattsburgh at the Ameri-Can North Sports Center,90 Sharron Ave, which posts its public skating schedule at the beginning of each week. The cost is $4/adults and $2/students/children with a multisession punch card available for purchase. Plattsburgh State Field House has public skating on select Saturdays and Sundays so call 518-564-3060 for dates. The cost is $2/public and $1/Plattsburgh students. A free indoor public skating option is the Scott’s Memorial Rink in Chazy, every Sunday from 4:30 – 6:00 pm through March 10.

South of the Blue Line is the Glens Falls Civic Center, One Civic Center Plaza, open seasonally mid September to mid June. Public skating is available on for $5/person with times varying so call 518-798-0366.  The Glens Falls Recreation Center, Fire Road, offers free public skating on weekends, 518-761- 3855. Enjoy your time on the ice!

Photo of Skating at the Tupper Lake Civic Center used with the permission of Diane Chase, Adirondack Family Time.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

3 Responses

  1. Mightymike says:

    Clifton-Fine arena in Star Lake has public skating.

  2. Boomer says:

    Lots of other skating rinks in the Adk’s that aren’t mentioned. Both North Creek and Chestertown have rinks in open air pavilions that are free to the public. North Creeks rink is located at Ski Bowl Park and has public bathrooms and the base lodge for skiing next door, so their is hot chocolate and food available. Chestertown has a rink at Dynamite Hill.

  3. Diane Chase says:

    Hi Boomer,
    Yes, there are many wonderful rinks that are outside as I stated in the beginning of my post and list in my guidebooks. The rinks I mention in this post are indoor rinks with refrigerated ice. Until the outside ice is consistent, I wanted to give people options for ice skating. Thanks for reading!

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