The 10 Best Ice Skating Rinks in Rhode Island!

Whether you’re a competitive hockey player or a more casual skater, you’ll love the combination of artificial and natural ice rinks Rhode Island has to offer. So lace up your skates and make sure to pack extra hot cocoa—it’s time to go skating in the Ocean State!

1. Alex and Ani City Center, Providence, RI

During the warmer seasons, the Providence rink is home to concerts, outdoor events, and sometimes even roller derby matches! But stop by in the winter and you’ll find this centrally-located spot near Kennedy Plaza transformed into a beautiful, well-lit skating rink.

2. River Island Park, Woonsocket, RI

Open daily from December through February, this park is well-equipped to offer you a smooth skating experience—they’ve even got an ice-cooling system in case things get a little warm during the winter months. While there isn’t any hockey allowed, you’ll appreciate gliding along to the music on a winter day.

3. Goddard Memorial State Park, Warwick, RI

Once the ice reaches six inches thick on Shippee Hollow Pond, officials come to clear the snow and get the outdoor area ready for some great skating. While it’s a great beach in the summer, you’ll find it’s just as enjoyable in the winter!

4. Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln, RI

This 627-acre park isn’t too far from Providence, but offers a much more natural landscape from other urban ice rinks. During the winter, you won’t just see ice skaters taking advantage of the cold weather, but ice fishers and snowmobilers, too!

5. Newport Skating Center, Newport, RI

This outdoor rink is open late on Fridays, making it the perfect spot to cozy up to a date. Families will also love the central location of the rink, nestled in the heart of Newport. Don’t miss the center’s Holiday Tree Lighting!

6. Dennis M Lynch Arena, Pawtucket, RI

Hockey fans will love the sports community centering around the Dennis M Lynch Arena. There, you can join an adult hockey league—or, if competing isn’t so much your thing, feel free to show up for a public skate day, open most days of the week! Bonus: they’ve got free Wi-Fi, too!

7. Cranston Veterans Memorial Ice Rink, Cranston, RI

If you’re just a beginning skater, you’ll be happy to hear that the Cranston Veterans Memorial Ice Rink offers lessons for those of all skating levels! If you’re a more advanced skater and ready to take it to the next level, sign up for a hockey league—they’ve got teams for kids and adults, too!

8. Washington Trust Community Skating Center, Westerly, RI

This 12,000-square-foot ice skating rink is located right in downtown Westerly, on its very own Main Street. You’ll have plenty of time to skate as the venue is open seven days a week starting in November and going until March. With concessions and skate rentals, it’s a great place to bring a birthday party or a school trip!

9. Meshanticut State Park, Cranston, RI

Right near Cranston High School, this rink on Meshanticut Lake is a great place to skate all winter long. Forgot to bring your skates? The park system also clears a small path around the lake every winter, so you can take a walk around the circumference to keep yourself warm!

10. The Boss Arena, Kingston, RI

At the Boss Arena, part of the University of Rhode Island, you can be a student too by signing up for skating lessons. Otherwise, attend one of their many events during the skating season, like Friday night “Rock and Skates” or open skate every Weekday afternoon.

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