With temperatures dipping below freezing, it’s time to go ice skating on the East End of Long Island. Here are the public and private ice rinks where you can lace up your skates—or rent a pair—and enjoy this winter tradition in the Hamptons and on the North Fork.
The Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton has provided great skating, as well as hockey clubs and lessons for years now, and it continues to do so in 2015. With open skating and programs for toddlers, students and adults, Buckskill has a cozy clubhouse with skate rentals and an open fire where skaters can relax and watch the action on the ice with a hot cup of soup, hot chocolate or coffee from their full service snack bar. Drop by the Buckskill Winter Club at 178 Buckskill Road in East Hampton. Call them at 631-324-2243 for more info or view the full calendar of events at buckskillwinterclub.com.
Westhampton Beach Village’s ice skating rink returns this year. The rink is free to use—as long as the ice is thoroughly frozen. Skate rentals are not available. Hockey playing is never permitted on the rink. The rink is now located on the Great Lawn, at the corner of Main Street and Potunk Lane.
Southampton Golf Range’s Southampton Ice Rink is back for a second season. The rink is refrigerated, so it stays frozen when ponds and other rinks are not. Admission is $15. For children 10 and younger, the price is $10. Skate rental is $5 on weekends and holidays, and free on weekdays. For more information, visits southamptongolfrange.com or call 631-283-2158.
On the North Fork, skate at the Mitchell Park Rink in the Village of Greenport. Admission on weekdays is $5 per adult and $3 for those under 18 and for seniors. On weekends, admission is $10/$7. Skates may be rented for $5. Skate sharpening is available for $5. Helmets are available to borrow free of charge. Every Friday is “Family Night.” Skate from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for $7 per person, including rentals. Season passes are $80 per adult and and $50 for youth and seniors. For more about the Greenport rink at Mitchell Park, call the Village of Greenport at 631-477-0248 or visit villageofgreenport.org for full schedules and info.
The Town of Riverhead offers ice skating at Stotzky Park. Hours are Saturdays from 1 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m., when the ice is cold and hard enough to skate on. The park will also be open during school breaks. Fees are $2 for residents and $5 for nonresidents. An annual permits is $15 for residents and $100 for nonresidents. Call 631-208-3826 for info.