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:
Tunxis Avenue (Route 189)
Benches and other improvements to the park make this an attractive place to skate.
The Bolton Ice Palace
145 Hop River Road
This indoor ice skating rink has public ice time almost every day.
Champions Skating Center
6 Progress Drive
The Hartford Wolf Pack hockey team's practice facility offers public skating sessions year-round.
Winding Trails Recreation Association
50 Winding Trails Drive
Ice skating on Walton Pond is open to members and also to non-members for a small day fee.
Fisher Hill Road
J.B. Williams Park
Glastonbury has two scenic spots for skating outdoors.
Winterfest in Bushnell Park (through January 2, 2018)
Celebrate the winter holiday season with free ice skating and free skate rentals in the capital city's picturesque Bushnell Park.
Charter Oak Park (Closed for renovations as of winter 2018)
Charter Oak and Main Streets
Union Pond Park
North Main Street
Two town parks offer outdoor ice skating for visitors when conditions permit.
300 Alumni Road
This indoor rink offers a busy schedule of public ice skating sessions including Friday night Ice Jams.
RoseGarden Ice Arena
641 New London Turnpike
It doesn't get much cooler than Friday night Laser Skate sessions at this indoor ice arena with public skating most days year-round.
International Skating Center of Connecticut
1375 Hopmeadow Street
Skate indoors where Olympians train.
Simsbury Farms Ice Rink
Old Farms Road
This open-air covered rink is a family-friendly place to skate in the wintertime.
Stratton Brook State Park
Bring your skates for a chilly thrill.
Burr Pond State Park
Old Route 8
One of Connecticut's best places to go ice fishing, too.
John A. Minetto State Park
Bring your skates for a spin on the pond.
Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink
56 Buena Vista Road
One of Greater Hartford, CT's premier indoor skating facilities, with year-round sessions—including some with a DJ—open to all.
847 South Quaker Lane
567 Fern Street
New Britain Avenue
Three West Hartford town-owned parks have ponds that attract ice skaters.
Beaverbrook LinearPark/Spring Street Pond
Mill Woods Park
Charming skating places await in one of Connecticut's oldest towns.