Sightsee while you skate.
These Long Island ice skating rinks boast ocean, harbor or picturesque park views. The scenic and serene settings make for real-life winter wonders. Sharpen those skates or, if you’re feeling less adventurous, take a seat near one of the fireplaces at these seasonal hot spots.
Skate with a view of the Atlantic Ocean at the new open-air rink at Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa. The oceanside rink is directly above the beach on the resort’s spa deck. It also features a “skate bar” with adult and kid-friendly drinks.
“The views are the breaking waves of the Atlantic Ocean or the endless water views in every direction,” says general manager Michael Nenner. On weekends, there’s more of a party vibe with a DJ spinning Top 20 hits for skaters.
WHEN | WHERE 3-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays through April at 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk
INFO 631-668-2345, gurneysmontauk.com
TICKETS $15 adults (free for hotel guests) and $4 skate rental; $10 younger than 12, $2 skate rental
Jones Beach State Park
Visitors to Jones Beach’s newly opened ice skating rink have multiple views to enjoy — besides the ocean, there are displays from the popular drive-through Holiday Lights Spectacular illuminating the West End of the beach, where the rink is located. About a third of the light show is visible from the rink, organizers say. In addition to the holiday lights, skaters can take in views of the South Shore and can walk to the beach.
WHEN | WHERE 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday through Jan. 3. Closed Dec. 14 and 31.
INFO 516-785-1600, seetheholidaylights.com
COST $10 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger, includes skate rental but not admission to the light show
The Rinx at Harborfront Park
Port Jefferson, a popular summer destination known for its walkability, adds cold-weather charm with the Rinx at Harborfront Park.
“The rink and the village center have given the area some life in the winter,” says rink director Tom Palamara. “It gives people a reason to come to the Port in the wintertime.”
The Rinx, now in its eighth season, is near the harbor and features a view of Danford Marina.
WHEN | WHERE Noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through March 13 at 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson
INFO 631-403-4357, therinx.com/pjrinx
COST $10-$11 adults, $7.50-$8.50 younger than 11, $5.50 skate rental
Check out our guide for a complete list of ice skating rinks on Long Island.
A PRETTY PARK VIEW
Christopher Morley Park
The outdoor Olympic-size ice skating rink at Christopher Morley Park, a fixture in Nassau County since 1966, is open six days a week and is used by recreational skaters and hockey teams. The romantic rink is 200 by 80 feet and surrounded by trees. On snowy days, it looks like a real-life postcard. Once you retire your skates, the facility has a cozy hearth room with a fireplace, hot chocolate and other refreshments to warm you up.
WHEN | WHERE Two-hour sessions 4 and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 1:15 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday-Sunday; 1:15 and 4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday (closed Thursday) through mid-March at 500 Searingtown Rd., Roslyn-North Hills
COST $22, $15 ages 4-17, $5 skate rental; Nassau County Leisure pass holders pay $8 adults and $6 kids