Ice Skating in Western Massachusetts

24 Ice Skating Rinks in Western Mass

Note that the availability of Outdoor Rinks will not only vary from year to year, but they also will vary daily according to temperature and snow fall.

Outdoor ice skating at Paradise Pond on the campus of Smith College in Northamtpon, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

  • [AMHERST] Mullins Memorial Center 413-545-3990
    Skate Rentals Available, Snack Bar
  • [AMHERST] Orr Rink at Amherst College 413-542-7950
  • [BLANFORD] Watson Park on Main Street. Outdoor rink. (No Skate Rentals Available)
  • [CONWAY] Ball park as an Outdoor rink. Lighting at night. (No Skate Rentals Available)
  • [EASTHAMPTON] Lossone Rink at Williston Northampton School (No Skate Rentals Available) Public skate times are every Sunday in the winter from 3-5pm and are organized by the Easthampton PRD. 413-529-1440
  • [FLORENCE] Florence Civic Center Outdoors Ice Skating (No Skate Rentals Available)
  • [GOSHEN] DAR State Park Outdoors Ice Skating (No Skate Rentals Available; Warming Hut)
  • [GREENFIELD] Collins/Moylan Skating Rink 413-772-6891
    Skate Rentals Available, Snack Bar
  • [GREENFIELD] Beacon Field Outdoor Ice Skating Rink. (No Skate Rentals) Beacon Street & Gerrett Street.
  • [HOLYOKE] Fitzpatrick Arena 413-532-2929
  • [HOLYOKE] Community Field. Outdoors Ice skating. Admission $3/person. Limited skate rentals $2/person. Staffed by Parks & Rec. Ice is resurfaced. Restrooms, warming house, & lockers. 2013 schedule: Fridays, 6pm – 9pm;  Saturdays, 12pm – 4pm & 6pm – 9pm;  Sundays 12pm – 4pm.  Located off Cherry Street at 1 Community Field Road. Weather dependent. 413-322-5620
  • [HUNTINGTON] Outdoor Ice Skating Rink on the Town Common (No Skate Rentals)
  • [LENOX] Outdoor Ice Rink at Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club.  Day passes and skate rental available. 413-637-1364
  • [MONTEREY] Monterey Outdoor Ice Pavilion. (No Skate Rentals Available) 413-528-1443 x248
  • [NORTH ADAMS] Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink 413-664-8185
  • [NORTHAMPTON] Smith College Outdoor Ice Skating (No Skate Rentals Available)  413-585-2400 (CLOSED FOR 2013)
  • [PITTSFIELD] Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club Skating Arena 413-448-8258
  • [SPRINGFIELD] Smead Ice Arena 413-781-2599
  • [SPRINGFIELD] Cyr Arena 413-787-6438
  • [SHEFFIELD] Berkshire School – Rovenski Rink
  • [STURBRIDGE] Old Sturbridge Village Ice Skating Outdoors in the Center Village (No Skate Rentals Available)
  • [WILLIAMSTOWN] Lansing Chapman Rink at Williams College. 76 Latham St. 413-597-3131
  • [WESTFIELD] Amelia Park Arena 413-568-2503 Skate Rentals, Two Rink Facility
  • [WEST SPRINGFIELD] Olympia Ice Center 413-736-8100

Add your favorite spot to the list. Recommend an indoor or outdoor rink in our comment box below.


8 Safety Tips

Keep kids safe when skating outdoors. Look for signs that share the current skating status of ponds and lakes. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Ice skating is a fun winter activity, and also a great exercise! The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) offers 8 tips to help you and your family enjoy safe skating:

  1. Never go onto the ice alone.
  2. Always keep your pets on a leash. If a pet falls through the ice, do not attempt a rescue – go for help.
  3. Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it strong, but it also can insulate the ice and keep it from freezing. Snow also can hide cracks as well as weak and open ice.
  4. Ice formed over flowing water (including springs under the surface) is generally weaker than ice over still water.
  5. Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be a foot thick in one spot or an inch thick in another.
  6. If a companion falls through the ice and you are unable to reach that person from shore, throw something to them (a rope, tree branch, even jumper cables from the car, etc.). If this doesn’t work, go or phone for help before you also become a victim. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately.
  7. If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once the ice is solid enough to hold you, and you can pull yourself out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand; lying down spreads your weight across a wider area, lessening the weight on any one spot) and roll away from the hole. Crawl back the way you came, keeping your weight distributed, until you return to solid ice or ground.
  8. As the season progresses, plan accordingly and use caution, as the condition of older ice greatly varies and is subject to rapidly changing conditions.

For further tips from MEMA, including information on hypothermia and cold water dangers, please visit the featured section “Stay safe, keep warm in extreme weather” at www.mass.gov. MassWildlife also offers additional ice safety tips.

2 Comments

  1. David Tatlock said,

    December 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

    If skating is still possible on Paradise Pond, how wonderful. Beautiful memories. My brother Dick used to plow the river from the Manwell’s on Ward Ave all the way to the outdoor Smith College rink (Gravely tractor).
    Rink there still?

  2. December 21, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Recreational Advisory: DCR Offers Designated Outdoor Skating Areas and Urges Caution on Frozen Lakes and Ponds

    Users asked to skate only in designated areas

    WHAT: The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has designated three areas within the parks system specifically for outdoor pond and lake skating, a popular winter pastime for all ages. Visitors are strongly discouraged from using undesignated areas.

    WHEN: The outdoor, designated season for ice skating in those areas starts January 1 and ends no later than February 28 – please note that both dates are weather permitting. For specific information on programming at the below areas, contact the individual park.

    WHERE: The areas, which will have structured skating programs at various times, and are monitored

    daily to ensure the ice is safe for skating, are:

    • DAR State Forest in Goshen – open water skating – call 413-268-7098 for updates.
    • Wendell State Forest in Montague – artificial rink – call 413-659-3797 for updates.
    • Mount Tom State Reservation in Holyoke – open water– call 413-534-1186 for updates.

    The designated ice use policy does not govern ice fishing activities. Any person looking for information regarding ice fishing regulations or general information should be directed to contact the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife). Additional information can also be found on DCR’s page dedicated to fishing at http://www.mass.gov/dcr/recreate/fishing.


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