Temporary ice skating rinks are popping up across Long Island, at shopping centers, farms, malls and more. Here's where to hit the ice this winter. For a list of annual ice rinks, visit newsday.com/recreation.
WATERDRINKER FAMILY FARM
Enjoy ice skating on synthetic ice, hot cocoa and s’mores by the fire; 12 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; $10 admission plus $10 skate rentals, no outside skates. Rink is open weather permitting and masks are required. No reservations needed; water-drinker.com, 663 Wading River Road, Manorville, 631-878-8653.
SANTA'S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Ice skating is held weather permitting; 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $10 per person includes rentals. No reservations needed; 30105 Main Road (Route 25) Cutchogue, 631-735-9242.
THE RINX AT HARBORFRONT
Set up only a tiny walk from Port Jefferson Harbor, this is a place where you can skate daily and — when the time is right — see things like the ferry from Connecticut arrive and the sun set brilliantly. Skating lessons are also available, as is public skating; skates are $6 to rent and anyone who comes to skate must wear a mask. Sessions must be reserved in advance; rates are $11-$12 for adults and $8.50-$9.50 for children ages 11 and younger, depending on day of the week, $13 for all Friday and Saturday evenings, Harborfront Park, 101A East Broadway, Port Jefferson Village; 631-403-4357, therinx.com.
SOUTHAMPTON ICE RINK
Upon first glance, this domed skating rink appears to be a permanent facility, but it only stands during the colder months of the year — temporarily put next to the golf course. It’s used for lessons and by local teams, but there are first-come, first-serve public skating sessions too during the week. On weekends and holidays, sessions need to be reserved in advance. No more than 40 people are permitted on the ice at one time and masks are required. Open daily through the end of March. Public skating is $20 per session, and skates are available to rent for $5; the facility is cash only. 668 CR-39, Southampton; 631-283-2158, southamptonicerink.com.
Several additional ice rinks that return annually are also open for sessions this winter including:
LONG BEACH ICE RINK
Public schedule released weekly; sessions are by appointment only. Call 516-705-7385 to reserve. Skate rentals are currently not available; $10 for open session. 150 West Bay Drive, Long Beach; longbeachny.gov/icearena.
Admission is on a first come, first served basis and there are no reservations. Admission sign ups start 30 minutes before each session. General open skate admission is $10 per person; $80 for Town of Hempstead residents with proof of residency. 2600 Newbridge Rd., Bellmore, 516-783 - 6181; newbridgearena.com for schedule.
TOWN OF OYSTER BAY ICE SKATING CENTER
Outdoor rinks at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa and Syosset-Woodbury Park are open. As is the indoor rink at Bethpage Community Park. See oysterbaytown.com for schedules. Admission is $4 for residents, $6 for nonresidents ages 2 to 4 years old; $6 for residents, $9 for nonresidents ages 5 to 17; and $7 for residents, $11 for nonresidents ages 18 and over.