Picture this: we are in the heart of winter, the kids are bouncing off the walls, and you are racking your brain trying to come up with options that will a.) entertain them b.) tire them out and c.) not cost a fortune! Well, search no more, as we have compiled a list of low or no cost ice skating and sledding locations in the CDPHP® service area*. If winter hiking or snowshoeing are more your speed, check out our previous post for suggestions on where to go.
Ice skating is a great way to burn calories and remain active during the winter months! There are several options for low or no cost ice skating in our area. Click on each of the links for specific hours and instructions.
Please remember that outdoor skating is weather permitting; certain areas require that ponds and lakes freeze to a specific level prior to allowing skating. Check out each link or call the phone number listed to determine when outdoor skating will be available.
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy – Public skating is available at Conway Ice Rink. Adults skate for just $3, and $2 for children under 12.
Union College, Schenectady – Messa Rink is open to the public for $3 skating.
Glens Falls Recreation Department Ice Rink – Admission is free and rentals are available for $3. Call (518) 761-3855 for weekly updates.
Clifton Park Ice Arena – Admission is $5, kids 6 under skate for $3. Please note that credit cards are not accepted.
Swinburne Skating Rink, Albany – Skating is just $.50 for those under 18, and $1 for 18 and over. Skate rentals are available for $3, and seniors can skate for just $.25!
Saratoga Springs Ice Rinks – City residents receive a $1 discount on free skating. Children 5 and under are always free. Punch cards are available – buy 10 visits, get 1 free.
Empire State Plaza Ice Rink, Albany – Public skating is free for adults and children. Skate rentals are free on Fridays, courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets. Saratoga Spa State Park – Two available locations. The pond off of Avenue of the Pines is typically used for hockey, as it has a warming station. Hockey is not permitted on the pond located near the Victoria Pool. Admission is free and skating is available until dusk.
The Crossings Pond, Colonie – Outdoor skating starting at noon. Free. Call 783-2760 for updates.
Lake George – Enjoy free skating on the lake with views of the picturesque Adirondacks.
Schodack Island State Park – Free skating with skate rentals for $2. Friday night skating will also feature refreshments available for purchase.
Indian Meadows Town Park, Glenville – Free skating. One rink is reserved for pond hockey, the other for free skating.
Sledding is a time-honored tradition when the snow starts to fly, and can be a fun, no-cost activity for the whole family. There are several locations that offer excellent sledding, categorized below by schools, golf courses, and parks.
Just remember that sledding can be a dangerous activity, so try to keep the following tips in mind:
For additional tips on winter sports safety, please visit Winter Wonderland: Enjoy Seasonal Sports Safely.
Did we miss one of your favorite locations to skate or sled? Please share with other readers by replying in the comments section. Enjoy the snow!
*These lists have been compiled by recommendations from residents and research from various websites. CDPHP does not endorse any of the venues listed. The information cited is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed; please confer with representatives at each venue whenever you plan to skate or sled. Trespassing is not advised, and, as always, ice skating and sledding are done at your own risk.
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