Ice Skating Places in Central CT

Indoor and Outdoor Places to Ice Skate in Greater Hartford, Connecticut

Simsbury Farms Skating in CT
••• The Simsbury Farms Ice Rink in Simsbury, CT, offers public skating sessions that are fun for the whole family. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

Ice skating in Connecticut is an exhilarating winter activity that not only will make you feel less guilty about holiday overeating, it'll help you to beat those cabin fever blues, too. Did you know that according to Good Housekeeping's Calorie Burner Calculator, an hour of leisurely ice skating burns 310 calories, and vigorous ice skating burns a whopping 555 calories an hour?

Central Connecticut is home to premier indoor ice skating arenas, plus outdoor parks, ponds and ice skating rinks that offer the public an opportunity to get out and glide.

And, if you're frugal, you'll love Hartford's annual Winterfest, which makes ice skating—and skate rentals—-free in the heart of Connecticut's capital city for a limited time.

Keep in mind that it's always a good idea to call ahead to check ice skating rinks' hours of public operation or conditions at outdoor skating spots. If you don't own your own skates, you may want to ask about the availability of rentals, as well.

Here's your guide to Skating Places in Hartford County and surrounding areas:

Avon

Countryside Park
335 Huckleberry Hill Road
860-409-4332

Ice skate with an old-fashioned covered bridge in your view.

Bloomfield

Filley Park
Tunxis Avenue (Route 189)
860-243-8090

Benches and other improvements to the park make this an attractive place to skate.

Bolton

The Bolton Ice Palace
145 Hop River Road
860-646-7851

This indoor ice skating rink has public ice time almost every day.

Cromwell

Champions Skating Center
6 Progress Drive
860-632-0323

The Hartford Wolf Pack hockey team's practice facility offers public skating sessions year-round.

Farmington

Winding Trails Recreation Association
50 Winding Trails Drive
860-677-8458

Ice skating on Walton Pond is open to members and also to non-members for a small day fee.

Glastonbury

Eastbury Pond
Fisher Hill Road
860-652-7679

J.B. Williams Park
Neipsic Road
860-652-7679

Glastonbury has two scenic spots for skating outdoors.

Hartford

Winterfest in Bushnell Park (through January 2, 2018)
Wells Street
860-728-2265

Celebrate the winter holiday season with free ice skating and free skate rentals in the capital city's picturesque Bushnell Park.

Manchester

Charter Oak Park (Closed for renovations as of winter 2018)
Charter Oak and Main Streets
860-647-3084

Union Pond Park
North Main Street
860-647-3084

Two town parks offer outdoor ice skating for visitors when conditions permit.

Newington

Newington Arena
300 Alumni Road
860-665-7825

This indoor rink offers a busy schedule of public ice skating sessions including Friday night Ice Jams.

Norwich

RoseGarden Ice Arena
641 New London Turnpike
860-892-2555

It doesn't get much cooler than Friday night Laser Skate sessions at this indoor ice arena with public skating most days year-round.

Simsbury

International Skating Center of Connecticut
1375 Hopmeadow Street
860-651-5400

Skate indoors where Olympians train.

Simsbury Farms Ice Rink
Old Farms Road
860-658-3836

This open-air covered rink is a family-friendly place to skate in the wintertime.

Stratton Brook State Park
Route 305
860-242-1158

Bring your skates for a chilly thrill.

Torrington

Burr Pond State Park
Old Route 8
860-482-1817

One of Connecticut's best places to go ice fishing, too.

John A. Minetto State Park
Route 272
860-482-1817

Bring your skates for a spin on the pond.

West Hartford

Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink
56 Buena Vista Road
860-521-1573

One of Greater Hartford, CT's premier indoor skating facilities, with year-round sessionsincluding some with a DJopen to all.

Beachland Park
847 South Quaker Lane
860-561-7510

Fernridge Park
567 Fern Street
860-561-7510

Wolcott Park
New Britain Avenue
860-561-7510

Three West Hartford town-owned parks have ponds that attract ice skaters.

Wethersfield

Beaverbrook LinearPark/Spring Street Pond
Spring Street
860-721-2890

Mill Woods Park
Greenfield Street
860-721-2890

Charming skating places await in one of Connecticut's oldest towns.