Written by Jaynie Ellis
Lace up your skates in the Lake George Area! Between natural and man-made rinks there is an abundance of smooth, sparkling ice to glide on this winter. Enjoy the fresh air and great outdoors while skating across frozen ponds. Or, gather a group for a pick-up hockey game at a pristine indoor rink. There is plenty of fun to be had on the ice this season before it all melts away!
Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
*Bring your own gear/equipment.
Dynamite Hill Recreation Area
Bored in the house during winter break? Head to Dynamite Hill Recreation Area in Chestertown for any family-friendly outdoor activity you can imagine! Dynamite Hill is a winter wonderland for recreation enthusiasts with miles of serene cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Get your thrills skiing, snowboarding, sledding, or downhill tubing. But, the highlight is their polished ice rink, open weekdays and weekends! Getting cold but don’t want the fun to end just yet? The warming hut will be open for quick breaks during your snow day spent here.
Gurney Lane Recreation Area
Gurney Lane is a great spot for outdoor recreation all year-round in Queensbury. And in the winter, it is the place to be for some ideal family-friendly ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. There are 5 designated trails of varying length and grade for a wintery walk or workout. Meanwhile, ice skating and sledding are offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during weekends and school recesses. Slide and glide without worry – if you get too chilly, the facility’s bath house acts as a warming hut on the weekends.
Warrensburg Recreation Field
The spacious pavilion at the Warrensburg Recreation Field transforms into a spectacular covered ice rink during the winter months. No shovels needed – glide across this glassy ice anytime you want to practice your figure eights or stickhandling skills. The open field here at this four-season park is also a great option for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and toboggan runs.
Bundle up in your warmest scarf and mittens from some ice skating at Crandall Park in Glens Falls. This small pond freezes over quickly as temperatures drop, and is well-maintained as long as the weather permits. Crandall Pond is a great spot to gather for a pick-up ice hockey game too. Don’t forget to bring along the family dog for a romp in the snowy fields here too!
A night of ice skating under the lights to music provided by a DJ, including bonfires and hot chocolate for warming up (*bring your own mug). This event is free to attend.
Stay tuned for the 4th annual Fire & Ice dates in 2024!
Indoor Ice Skating Rinks
Glens Falls Recreation Center
Lace up your skates while staying out of the winter elements. Glens Falls Recreation Center has open skate several times a week from December through March. Located on Fire Road behind the Glens Falls YMCA, this indoor ice rink is well-lit and maintained for local/regional youth and high school ice hockey also. Admission to the ice rink is free, while limited skate rentals are $3. Monthly schedules are posted on the City of Glens Falls website; hours are subject to change or cancellation.