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. It is best to call ahead to check ice skating rinks' hours of public operation or conditions at outdoor skating spots. If you don't own your skates, confirm the availability of rentals, as well.
Since, according to Good Housekeeping's Calorie Burner Calculator, an hour of vigorous ice skating burns a whopping 555 calories an hour, lace up and work off the holiday desserts.
For those in town during the holidays, Hartford's annual Winterfest offers ice skating—and skate rentals—free in the heart of Connecticut's capital city from November until January.
Skating Rinks in the Hartford County Area
Filley Park in Bloomfield
Benches and other improvements to the park make this an attractive place to skate. Tunxis Avenue (Route 189), 860-243-8090.
The Bolton Ice Palace in Bolton
The indoor ice skating rink has public ice time almost every day. 145 Hop River Road, 860-646-7851.
Champions Skating Center in Cromwell
The Hartford Wolf Pack hockey team's practice facility offers public skating sessions year-round. 6 Progress Drive, 860-632-0323.
Winding Trails Recreation Association in Farmington
Ice skating on Walton Pond is open to non-members for a small daily fee. 50 Winding Trails Drive, 860-677-8458.
Eastbury Pond in Glastonbury
This scenic spot for skating outdoors is surrounded by a bevy of trees. 39 Fisher Hill Road, 860-652-7679.
J.B. Williams Park in Glastonbury
In addition to an ice skating pond, there are excellent hiking trails. 789 Neipsic Road, 860-652-7679.
Union Pond Park in Manchester
Visitors might catch sight of a bald eagle searching for open water in winter while on the rink. North Main Street, 860-647-3084.
Newington Arena in Newington
The indoor rink offers a busy schedule of public ice skating sessions, including Friday night Ice Jams. 300 Alumni Road, 860-665-7825.
RoseGarden Ice Arena in Norwich
It doesn't get much cooler than Friday night Laser Skate sessions at this indoor ice arena with public skating most days year-round. 641 New London Turnpike, 860-892-2555.
International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury
Skate indoors where Olympians train.1375 Hopmeadow Street, 860-651-5400.
This open-air covered rink is a family-friendly place to skate in the wintertime. Old Farms Road, 860-658-3836.
Bring your skates for a chilly thrill. Route 305, 860-242-1158.
Burr Pond State Park in Torrington
One of Connecticut's best places to go ice fishing, too. Old Route 8, 860-482-1817.
John A. Minetto State Park in Torrington
Bring your skates for a spin on the pond. Route 272, 860-482-1817.
Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink in West Hartford
One of Greater Hartford, CT's premier indoor skating facilities, with year-round sessions—including some with a DJ—open to all. 56 Buena Vista Road, 860-521-1573.
Beachland Park in West Hartford
The park offers a Learn to Skate program to help newbies learn the fundamentals. 847 South Quaker Lane, 860-561-7510.
Fernridge Park in West Hartford
Speed skating classes are available that highlight techniques, tactics and strategies of racing.
567 Fern Street, 860-561-7510.
Beaver Brook Linear Park in Wethersfield
A charming skating place awaits in one of Connecticut's oldest towns. Spring Street, 860-721-2890.