If you're looking to have some winter fun, the Hudson Valley is home to a variety of places where you can go skating, play hockey and more. Here are some of the top local indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks in the region.
Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford
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This indoor skating facility features two NHL-sized ice rinks and offers a variety of ice skating and hockey classes and programs (91 Fairview Park Dr., Elmsford; 914-347-8232; skatewsa.com). The arena has been a training ground for figure skaters who have gone on to compete in national and international competitions, and has a coaching staff that includes 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel.
Even if you're not an aspiring figure skater or hockey pro, the rink is open seven days week for public sessions. After you're done making the rounds on the ice, stop by The Center Ice Bar & Grill to grab a bite or sip some hot chocolate.
Cost: $10.75 for adults, $9.75 for children 10 and under, $6.25 for seniors and kids 3 and under. Sat. night: $8.75 for adults and $7 for children. Skate rentals cost $4.25 for all ages.
Public hours: Mon.: 1-4:30 p.m.; Tues.: 9:30-11:30 a.m., 1:30-3:50 p.m.; Wed.: 9:30-11:30 a.m., 1:30-5 p.m.; Thur.: 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Fri.: 9:30-11:30 a.m., 11:40 a.m.-1:20 p.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun.: 1:30-4 p.m. Call for holiday hours.
Edward J. Murray Memorial Skating Center in Yonkers
Local residents have been hitting the ice at this indoor Yonkers institution for more than 40 years, and according to manager Robert Allo, "[Murray Skating Center] has the best quality ice in the area, bar none."
Along with public sessions, the rink offers skating lessons and hockey lessons, and a DJ spins music Friday and Saturday nights (348 Tuckahoe Rd., Yonkers; 914-377-6369; yonkersny.gov). If you need to refuel after multiple turns around the rink, the Ice Palace Cafe has a variety of snacks and beverages.
Cost: $7 for adults and kids, $2 for seniors. Skate rentals cost $4 for all ages.
Public hours: Wed.-Thurs.: 10 a.m.-noon; Fri.: 10 a.m.-noon, 8-10 p.m.; Sat.: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4 p.m., 8-10 p.m.; Sun.: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2--4 p.m., 5:20-7:20 p.m. Call for holiday hours.
Brewster Ice Arena
Skating aficionados will love this indoor, three-level facility, which boasts three rinks for public skating, freestyle skating and "sticks & pucks" hockey play (63 Fields Lane, Brewster; 845-279-2229; brewstericearena.com). If you need a break from the ice, the arena has a bar and restaurant where you can kick back and watch the other skaters in action. There's also a banquet hall on the premises ideal for hosting birthday parties and other events.
Cost: $7 for adults (12 years and older), $5 for children, $5 for seniors. Skate rentals cost $3. Friday night is $10 for all ages and includes rentals.
Public hours: Mon.-Thur.: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fri.: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 3-5:20 p.m., 8-10 p.m.; Sat.: 12:45-2:15 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m., 8-10 p.m.; Sun.: 12:45-2:15 p.m., 3-4:30 p.m.
Hommocks Park Ice Rink in Larchmont
Owned and operated by the Town of Mamaroneck, this Larchmont-based indoor rink has been open for close to 35 years (140 Hommocks Rd., Larchmont; 914-834-1069; www.hommocksparkicerink.org).
"We're a small-town rink, known as a hidden treasure," said rink manager Rob Lunde. "We're not a commercial facility."
The rink hosts a youth hockey league and skating classes but is also open to the public six days a week. On Friday nights, you can skate along to your favorite tunes and the rink is lit up with colored disco lights. After taking a spin on the ice, drop by the Slap Shot Cafe for snacks and drinks.
Cost: $8 for adults and children 12 and older, $7 for children under 12, $6 for seniors. Skate rentals cost $4 for all ages.
Public hours: Mon.: 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Tues.-Thur. and Sat.: 1-5:15 p.m.; Fri.: 1-5:15 p.m., 7:15-9:15 p.m.; Sun.: 11 a.m.-5:15 p.m. From Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, the rink is open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Saturdays from 1 to 5:15 p.m.)
Sport-o-Rama in Monsey
Although most rink time is devoted to hockey games, hockey clinics, skating lessons and freestyle sessions, Sport-o-Rama is open to the public on Wednesdays and the weekends (20 College Rd., Monsey; 845-356-3919; www.sportorama.com). But if you prefer to watch others take to the ice, there will be a holiday show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, featuring figure skaters Samantha Cesario and James Schetelich, both of whom will compete in the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January.
Cost: $6 admission on Wednesday, $8 on Saturday, $9 on Sunday and during Christmas week. Skate rentals are $3 for all ages.
Public hours: Wed.: 4:10-5:10 p.m.; Sat.: 3:15-4:55 p.m., 9-11 p.m.; Sun.: 2:55-4:30 p.m. During Christmas week. the venue is open from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh
Ice Time Sports was acquired by the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in 2011, and like many ice arenas in the Hudson Valley, local residents can take ice skating lessons at this indoor facility (21 Lakeside Rd., Newburgh; 845-567-0005; icetimesports.org). But unlike other rinks, Ice Time runs a special promotion three times a year in order to "help grow the sport," according to Paul Lloyd, the civic center president.
Every March, September and November, kids and adults who enroll in the eight-week Learn to Skate beginner session receive a free pair of ice skates. Those free skates will come in handy on DJ Skate Night, when fun music is played during the Friday night sessions.
Along with freestyle and open hockey sessions, Ice Time also offers hockey lessons, an adult hockey league, and a twice-a-year female student beginner hockey clinic, "Ankle Benders."
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for children 10 and younger. Skate rentals are $3. Admission to Friday Skate Nights (7:15-9 p.m.) is $10 per skater.
Public hours: Wed.: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Fri.: 7:15-9 p.m.; Sat.: 1-3:15 p.m., 7-9:15 p.m.; Sun.: 1-4 p.m. Call for holiday hours.
McCann Ice Arena in Poughkeepsie
The Mid-Hudson Civic Center not only operates this Poughkeepsie indoor ice arena but the venue also serves as its home (14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie; 845-454-5800; www.midhudsonciviccenter.org). The rink offers skating lessons and hockey lessons as well as public skating sessions, and a DJ spins music starting at 7:15 p.m. every Friday.
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for children 10 and younger. Friday night DJ Skate is $10 (includes admission and skate rental). Skate rentals are $3 for all ages.
Public hours: Mon.-Tues.: noon-2 p.m.; Fri.: noon-2 p.m., 7:15-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun.: 2-4 p.m.
Palisades Center Ice Rink in West Nyack
After finishing your holiday shopping at the Palisades Center, why not strap on your skates and hit the mall's indoor rink on the fourth floor (4900 Palisades Center, West Nyack; 845-353-4855; palice.com)? The Rockland ice rink has a busy schedule of public skating sessions and "stick time" where hockey players can practice their skills, and also hosts an adult hockey league during the winter.
Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for children (ages 10 and under), $5 for seniors. Skate rentals are $4.
Public hours: Hours vary daily. Call or check the schedule online at palice.com/public/public.html
Ebersole Ice Rink in White Plains
This ice skating facility is open October through March, and features a variety of activities including hockey leagues, learn to skate programs and figure skating lessons (110 Lake St., White Plains; 914-422-1444; ebersoleicerink.com).
For families who want to have a group outing, they can take part in Saturday Night Family Skate on Feb. 9 and Mar. 9. The two-hour event kicks off at 7:30 p.m., with a family or four getting to skate for only $20 (offer valid only with White Plains recreational ID card).
Since the rink closes Apr. 1, the rink will host a “Year End Ice Show” on Mar. 24 at 7 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a show featuring performances by the rink's skating students and the advanced figure skating club.
Cost: $11 for adults, $9 for kids, $8 for seniors. Discounted admission available for residents with recreation IDs. Skate rentals are $5.
Public hours: Wed: 12-2 p.m.; Thurs: 12-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m.; Fri: 12-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m., 8-10 p.m.; Sat: 12-3 p.m., 7:45-9:30 p.m.; Sun: 10-11:45 a.m. (adults only), 1:14-4 p.m. (general session)
Bear Mountain Ice Rink in Stony Point
Enjoy the crisp winter weather at this scenic outdoor rink located at Bear Mountain State Park (Bear Mountain State Park, Stony Point; 845-786-2701, ext. 266; www.bearmountainicerink.com). Figure skating and hockey lessons are available.
Cost: $4 for adults ($5 after 6 p.m.), $3 for children 11 and under ($4 after 6 p.m.), $2 for nonskaters and seniors, free for children 3 and under. Skate rentals are $4.
Public hours: Mon.-Tues.: 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m.; Fri.: 8-9:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun.: 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m., 6-7:30 p.m., 8-9:30 p.m. (Saturdays only). Call for holiday hours.
Orange County Tubing and Winter Sports Park in Montgomery
Thomas Bull Memorial Park's winter park has a variety of winter activities that visitors can indulge in, including an outdoor skating rink, a snow tubing park, areas for sledding and cross-country skiing trails (211 State Route 416, Montgomery; 845-457-4949; www.orangecountynyparks.com).
Cost: Free. Skate rentals are not offered.
Public hours: Call for information
Rye's Playland Ice Casino
The ice skating rink at this iconic amusement park is closed for the 2012-13 season because of damage from Hurricane Sandy (1 Playland Pkwy., Rye; 914-813-7059; www.ryeplayland.org/ice_casino.html).