During the winter months, you can glide along on ice skates at a number of outdoor rinks. People of all ages participate in ice skating, even though the majority of ice skaters are children and teens. Very young children can give ice skating a try; some parents get their children on the ice as soon as they are able to walk. Many ice arenas offer tot ice skating lessons or "Parent and Me" ice skating classes. Introduce very young children to skating at a roller skating rink where toddlers and preschoolers can walk on locked roller skate wheels. Children don't get wet or cold in roller skating rinks and usually don't cry even when they fall while roller skating. Once a child can roll around on roller skates, the transition to ice skates comes easily.
Bundle up with warm clothes. Wearing layers will also cushion your fall. Mittens or gloves are necessary. Helmets are recommended for beginning skaters. Skates can be rented at the rink.
Recreational ice skating burns more than 250 calories per hour.
Enjoy the crisp cool winter air and the ambiance of the season while skating outdoors at these rinks:
Syosset-Woodbury Community Park
7800 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset (516) 677-5990
Marjorie R. Post Community Park
Unqua and Merrick Road, Massapequa (516) 797-7990
The Rinx @ Harborfront Park
101-A East Broadway, Port Jefferson (631) 403-4357
Tanger Outlets at The Arches
152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park (631) 667-0600
RXR Ice Skating Rink
625 RXR Plaza, Uniondale (516) 357-0049
Christopher Morley Park
500 Searingtown Road, Roslyn (516) 571-8113
Broadway at Sheridan Avenue, Hewlett (516) 571-7821
Greenport Mitchell Park
115 Front Street, Greenport (631) 477-2200 ext. 2