January 07, 2016 Healthy Living

Low- or No-Cost Sledding and Ice Skating

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. skating image

Ice Skating

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.

Indoor:

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.

Outdoor:

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

Sledding

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:

  • Use an actual sled designed for sledding, and always, always wear a helmet meant for winter activities.
  • Do not use hills that are too steep, or located near roads, ponds, fences, trees, or other potential obstacles.
  • Pick a day when snow is falling, or just after a fresh snow, when it’s not too icy.
  • Sled during the day when visibility is best.

For additional tips on winter sports safety, please visit Winter Wonderland: Enjoy Seasonal Sports Safely.

Schools

Albany High School

Sand Creek Middle School, Colonie

Forts Ferry Elementary School, Latham

Milton Terrace School, Ballston Spa

Wood Road Elementary School, Ballston Spa

Rosendale Elementary School, Niskayuna

Belltop Elementary School, East Greenbush

Highland Middle School

Marlboro Elementary School

Golf Courses

Capital Hills Golf Course, Albany

Normanside Country Club, Delmar

McGregor Links Country Club, Saratoga

Tee-Bird, Moreau

Schenectady Municipal Golf Course

Albany Country Club

Parks

Lincoln Park, Albany

Frear Park, Troy

Kinns Road Park, Clifton Park

Collins Park, Scotia

East Greenbush Town Park

Elm Avenue Park, Bethlehem

Crandall Park, Glens Falls

New Paltz Sports and Recreation Park

Bear Mountain State Park

Hasbrouck Park, Kingston

Dynamite Hill, Chestertown

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.

Skating and Sledding images by Flickr

 

Natalia Burkart
About Author

Natalia joined CDPHP in 2015 as a communications writer/editor. Born and raised in the Capital Region, Natalia earned a BS in marketing and management from Siena College and an MBA from Union Graduate College (now Clarkson University). A self-professed news junkie and lover of iced coffee, Natalia currently resides in North Greenbush with her husband, two kids, and a faithful yellow lab.

2 Responses to “Low- or No-Cost Sledding and Ice Skating”

  1. Sarah Goodrich

    There is great FREE sledding and outdoor skating in the Village of Schoharie, on Rte 30 as you cross the bridge to enter the village. Ice skating on the right in Fox Creek Park (lit after dark) and sledding on the left on “cemetery hill”. Come and Enjoy!

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    • Natalia Burkart

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for visiting our blog, and for taking the time to suggest your favorite skating and sledding spot in the Capital Region to other readers.

      Reply

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