Skate the State: Places to Ice Skate in New Hampshire
Indoor and outdoor ice skating venues in New Hampshire.
Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth. Courtesy of Strawbery Banke Museum
When people think of winter, different things come to mind: sipping hot chocolate by the fireside, gazing at fallen snow, holiday gift giving and more. For winter activities, people look towards the mountains, imagining sloping hills and black diamond trails to challenge skiers. But one winter activity is suitable in all situations, whether you're trying to have an easy-going conversation, entertain the kids or exercise: ice skating.
If you want to skate on a frozen pond or crave the more-level ice rink under a domed ceiling, New Hampshire has everything you need.
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*Note - For those looking to skate on ponds or rivers, always check with town officials or the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department to see if ice is safe. Ice can look solid and inviting while being dangerously thin. Never go out onto any ice without first making sure the conditions are safe to do so. Keep in mind that thickness is not always uniform across a body of water.
The Everett Arena in Concord
The arena offers public skating, adult and youth stick practices as well as skating lessons. Public skating is Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. from September 19, 2016 until March 10, 2017. Admission is $5. Rentals are available for $5.
Conway Arena, Nashua
A year-round, indoor facility. Public skate is offered four to six times a week through the summer months. Admission is $5 per skater with rental skates available for $4 a pair. The arena also offers learn-to-skate and hockey lessons for kids 3 years of age and older.
Purity Spring Resort in Madison
Located just across from the King Pine base lodge, the arena is covered and Zamboni-groomed. Complete with music and a rink-side fire. Rentals are available.
The Rinks at Exeter is a state-of-the-art twin ice rinks facility. It is open to families year-round. The Rinks offers public skating, youth hockey, adult hockey, learn to skate and learn to play hockey programs, private lessons, group rentals, birthday parties and more. Admission is $6 and skate rentals are $4. Please be advised that The Rinks cannot rent helmets, so bring your own. Click here for the current public skate schedule.
Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett
Offers public skate for $6 and $4 skate rentals. Need some extra help? Tri-Town wants to accommodate: Walkers are available for $4 with a $5 refundable security deposit. Click here for more rates and information.
Offers admission for $5 and rentals for $5. You can also rent a stick and puck for $7 and get your skates sharpened for $5. Click here for the skating schedule.
This ski resort has an outdoor rink at the base of the mountain next to the bar and restaurant. 373 Black Mountain Rd., Jackson
This outdoor rink offers gorgeous views of the Presidential Mountain Range and is free for guests. Rental skates are available. Route 302, Bretton Woods.
Bow Town Pond
Located next to the Bow Community Center, 3 Bow Center Road.
Churchill Rink in Durham
Churchill Rink at Jackson's Landing is an ice skating rink in Durham that is open to the public. The facility has a roof with open sides, bathrooms, a snack bar and locker rooms. Public skate is $7 for adults and and $5 for children under 18. Family pond hockey, stick and play, adult hockey and other programs are offered. See the website for a schedule of events. Located on Old Piscataqua Rd.
There are four skating areas in Concord: Merrill Park located at 27 Eastman St.; Beaver Meadow Golf Course at 1 Beaver Meadow Rd.; Rollins Park at 116 Broadway St. and White Park at 1 White St.
Dorrs Pond in Manchester
Adjacent to Livingston Park, Dorrs Pond has been a fixture in the north end of Manchester since 1934. The pond has a normal surface area of 25 acres. Click here for directions.
This gorgeous grand hotel has an outdoor rink where you can rent skates or bring your own. 101 Mountain View Rd., Whitefield
Enjoy ice skating in a timeless fashion on a maintained three-acre Victorian skating park. An enclosed warming center offers a roaring fire and hot chocolate. General winter hours are: Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the website for holiday and school vacation hours. The cost is $10 for adults (those over 13) and $7 for children 6 and older. Children under 5 are free. Rentals for all ages are $9 per hour or $12 for the day. Located at Nestlenook Farm on Dinsmore Road in Jackson.
Occom Pond in Hanover
Occom Pond is located near the Hanover Country Club’s golf course, on the northern edge of the Dartmouth College campus.
Puddle Dock Pond in Portsmouth
Located at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth. The rink is placed in the open lawn area between the Visitor Center and the Cooper Shop. Come for public skating, pond hockey and skating lessons.
Robin Hood Park Pond in Keene
The lovely Robin Hood Forest is home to a pond that's groomed for skating in the winter. To get there, turn left at 366 Reservoir Street off of Roxbury Street. Parking is in the lot between the pond and the swimming pool.
Schouler Park in North Conway
Offers outdoor public skating in the heart of North Conway. The rink was renovated in 2012 with a remodeled warming hut and new low-wood boards to replace old chest-high hockey rink boards. Click here for more information.