Best Places to go Ice-Skating in NJ This Winter

by Kailee Morel
ice skating in NJ

Ice skating is a classic winter activity. Whether you’re a figure skating pro or just looking to try something different this season, here’s a list of ice rinks across the Garden State to head to this winter. 

The Ice Palace

Brick, NJ is home to a hockey rink that offers public skating and lessons. Skating for adults is only $10, and kids 11 and under can skate for just $8. If you don’t have skates, you can rent a pair for $5. Ice Palace is known as Ocean County’s premier rink facility and is located at 197 Chambersbridge Road.  

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Flyers Training Center

Who wouldn’t want to ice skate at a facility where NHL teams practice? In Vorhees, NJ, the Flyers Training Center offers public skating– you can find their schedule and prices here. The center offers passes and discounts for the season as well: 

-Skate Passes go for $50 and allow the pass holder 5 skate sessions, which is valued at $55. -Members of AAA can receive 10% off of a one-day pass for two adults. 

-On Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons, residents of Vorhees can skate for free if they show a valid ID. 

-Active military and veterans will receive 20% off of any public skate session.

 

The Rink at American Dream

The American Dream Mall has a lot to offer– including an NHL-sized rink open to the public. Skate rentals are included with the admission fee. On December 10, 16, and 17 you can bring the family to skate with Santa. To book tickets, visit their website.

 

Skylands Ice World

This rink in Stockholm, NJ is rated one of the top 50 rainy day activities in the Garden State. With public skating every day at their NHL-sized rink, you can also sign up for skate lessons. On Friday Nights, Skylands has an Ice Jam with great music from 8:30 pm-10:30 pm. 

Vintner Wonderland

Vintner Wonderland is a celebration of the harvest season at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City. From ice skating, to fine dining and wine, to local artisans and live entertainment, there’s something for everyone during Vintner Wonderland. At the center of the winter village is a Christmas tree made of 70 wine barrels. For more information on tickets, events, and pricing, click here.  

Ice at Pier Village

Long Branch, NJ is home to an award-winning ice-rink attraction. In the surrounding Festival Plaza you can find festive restaurants and shops. There’s also an annual Tree Lighting and NYE Firework show. Visit their website for more details. 

Red Bank Armory

The Red Bank Armory was once used as a military training facility, but was converted to an ice rink in the early 2000s. They have private lessons and ice hockey events; public skating starts at $10, with $4 skate rentals. The historic architecture on the outside adds to the unique experience you’ll get at Red Bank Armory Ice Complex. 

Skating on the Square

Princeton, NJ is home to an eco-friendly synthetic skating rink in Palmer Square. The synthetic rink means that the surface is not as cold as a traditional rink would be. Skate rentals are included in the ticket price, which is $10 if you pay with cash and $12 with a credit card. Tickets are only sold at the door, so no reservations for this spot. 

The Rink at Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland in Paramus offers skating on Open Skate days; the schedule is posted here. There’s an array of food trucks, festive rides, and treats as well. Skate rentals are included in admission prices, which start at $10.

Flemington Ice Arena

The Flemington Ice Arena is having a Skate with Santa night on December 18 with skate rentals, cookies, hot chocolate and a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus included in the admission price for the night. They also offer public skate sessions and lessons. Visit their website for more information on ticket prices and events. 

Newport Skates 

Newport Skates is an outdoor rink located by the Jersey City waterfront. The rink offers private lessons and season passes, with skate rentals starting at $7. Tickets must be purchased before you go. To buy tickets, click here

WinterFest Ice Rink

WinterFest Ice Rink at Cooper River in Cherry Hill, NJ is an outdoor rink. With food, hot chocolate, and music, the rink offers a fun and memorable skating experience. Here are the prices for adults, kids, and skate rentals: 

-Adults: $7.50 

-Children 5-12: $5.50 

-Seniors and Veterans: $5.50 

-Skate rentals: $6 

-Skate Sharpening $6.50

Igloo Ice Rink

Mount Laurel is home to a premier rink facility. It features two rinks, a pro shop, snack bar, an arcade, and lessons/league hockey. Skate rentals are included with admission prices, which can be found here

Hollydell Ice Arena

The Hollydell Ice Arena is located in Sewell, NJ. They offer private lessons and public skate hours. Admission starts at $10 and skate rentals are $6.

Mercer County Skating Center 

The Skating Center in Mercer County Park is an open-air rink, so you’re protected from the winter weather outside but can still enjoy the fun of ice skating. The skating center has been open since 1975. Click here to find out more about tickets and scheduling, 

Honorable Mentions:

Bridgewater Sports Arena

1425 Frontier Rd., Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807

Ice House

111 Midtown Bridge Approach, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Ice Land Skating Center

6 Tennis Ct., Hamilton, NJ 08619

Ice Vault

10 Nevins Rd., Wayne, NJ 07470

Jersey Shore Arena

1215 Wyckoff Rd, Wall Township, NJ 07727

Mackay Ice Rink

130 W. Englewood Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631

Montclair State University Ice Arena

1 Arena Drive, Little Falls, NJ 07424

Pro Skate Ice Arena

1000 Cornwall Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

Protec Training Center

15 Worlds Fair Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

Richard J. Codey Arena

560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052

Secaucus Ice Rink

150 Plaza Center, Secaucus, NJ 07094

Union Sports Arena

2441-A US-22, Union, NJ 07083

William G. Mennen Sports Arena

161 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township, NJ 07960

Winding River Ice Rink

1211 Whitesville Rd., Toms River, NJ 08755

Woodbridge Community Center

600 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095

There are plenty of places for ice skating in NJ. Hopefully, this list of wonderful rinks gives you the inspiration to kick start some winter fun!

About the Author/s

Kailee Morel is a senior at New Jersey City University where she majors in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and minors in Political Science. Kailee has completed an internship as an Editorial Assistant with Memoir Magazine and is currently the Editor-In-Chief of NJCU's Hype Literary Magazine and an Editorial Intern with New Jersey Digest. She also participates as an Event Host with the NJCU English Dept.'s Student Events and Publications Committee. Kailee has developed her craft to produce content that uplifts the messages of writers.

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