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Best Ice Skating In The Boston Suburbs

December 27, 2013 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Patriot Place

Photo Credit: Patriot Place

Break your cabin fever while having some fun on the ice. Whether you are practicing staying up on your skates or fine tuning your double axel, get out of the house and onto the rink. Head to one of these spots for the best ice skating in the Boston suburbs.
Photo Credit: Patriot Place

Photo Credit: Patriot Place

Patriot Place
2 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035
(508) 203-2100
www.patriot-place.com

Winter Skate at Patriot Place is a great way to spend some time outside during the cold weather. Bring your family skating during the day to relieve cabin fever or plan a romantic evening of skating with that special someone. The rink is specifically designed for recreational skating, but is large enough for both beginner and advanced skaters. Parking is free and on-site concessions, skate rentals and bathrooms are available.

Photo Credit: Norfolk Ice Arena

Photo Credit: Norfolk Ice Arena

Norfolk Ice Arena
1 Dean St.
Norfolk, MA 02056
(508) 520-9200
www.norfolkarena.com

This family-owned ice arena provides a wide variety of skating programs. Public skate and public hockey are held daily and are open to all ages and abilities. For those looking to sharpen their skills, group skating and hockey lessons are held weekly. Skate rentals, sharpening and repairs are available at the pro shop, as well as sticks, gloves and equipment. Older skaters are welcome to join the adult league, while younger skaters can schedule some private ice time for an ice skating birthday party.

Photo Credit: John J. Janas Memorial Skating Rink

Photo Credit: John J. Janas Memorial Skating Rink

John J. Janas Memorial Skating Rink
382 Douglas Road
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 454-6662
www.janasrink.com

The Janas Memorial Rink offers hockey, tiny tots, figure skating and learn-to-skate programs all year long. All ages and levels are welcome to attend the public skating held Monday through Friday. Whether you are holding the wall or practicing skills, you will feel comfortable here. Rent hockey or figure skates at the pro shop, or bring your own and have them sharpened before hitting the ice. The rink can also be rented for events and birthday parties, which can include lessons, ice hockey or general skating.

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Photo Credit: Shea Memorial Skating Rink

Photo Credit: Shea Memorial Skating Rink

Shea Memorial Skating Rink
651 Willard St.
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 512-8402
www.shearink.net

The complimentary public skating at Shea Memorial Rink makes it a deal that can’t be beat. Novice and experienced skaters alike are welcome to spend time on the ice. Skate sharpening and rentals are available on site during public skate. Take a break to grab a treat at the on-site snack bar or vending machine to stay fueled for your day of skating fun. The ice can also be rented privately for parties or functions with or without a separate party room.

Photo Credit: Boch Ice Center

Photo Credit: Boch Ice Center

Boch Ice Center
1105 East St.
Dedham, MA 02026
(781) 326-0085
www.bochice.pointstreaksites.com

This premier two-rink skating facility is the home of both men and women’s hockey programs in the MetroWest area, and offers various hockey and skating programs open to the public. Skills and clinics for skating and hockey are held throughout the year for those looking to hone their skills. Public skating and public hockey are great recreation and practice times for skaters of all ages. After spending some time on the ice, warm up in the lounge where you can play games, watch TV or grab a snack.

Related: Boston’s Best Places to Go Outdoor Ice Skating

Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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