december, 2019

06decAll Day06marOutdoor Ice Skating at Empire State Plaza(All Day) Empire State Plaza Ice Rink, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY

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Outdoor Ice Skating at Empire State Plaza

Under brilliant sunshine or glowing starlight, enjoy the state’s best outdoor ice skating at Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY.

People zip by while outdoor skating at Empire State Plaza. | Photo from I Love NY

People zip by while outdoor skating at Empire State Plaza. | Photo Courtesy of I Love NY

Ice Skating in Albany

Whether you are going on a first date or taking the family out for something fun, the winter months are the perfect time to get outside and enjoy some ice skating. But what if you don’t live near a lake? The solution: Outdoor Ice Skating at Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York. Skaters can enjoy the warmth of the sun or the light of the stars at this fully outdoor skating rink.

The Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Albany

Construction begins on the rink sometime in mid-August, a long time before most people feel the urge to go skating. The maintenance crew behind the Outdoor Ice Skating at Empire State Plaza meticulously plans for the season ahead to ensure the experience at their rink will be an unforgettable one. To keep the ice between a cool 18 and 24 degrees, a team of engineers and carpenters run tubing underneath the boards that hold up the rink. Laser-technology is used to make sure the rink is completely level; one small bump could send a skater flying. A state-of-the-art lighting and sound system illuminates the rink at night while skaters listen to a variety of music chosen by the staff.

Empire State Plaza Ice Rink Information

The rink is open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.—weather dependent, but closed from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for maintenance. The Outdoor Ice Skating at Empire State Plaza’s webpage posts updates if outdoor conditions do not permit skating. If you have your own pair of skates, the cost to enjoy the 123-foot-by-112-foot rink is absolutely free. Skate rentals are moderately priced for those unprepared; $3 for children under the age of 12, and $4 for adults. Ice skates are free to rent every Saturday, courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets. To warm up with some delicious food after a night of skating, a full-service snack bar is open Friday nights and weekends. The staff regularly holds clinics to teach people how to skate and how to play hockey, free of charge.

Enjoy Outdoor Ice Skating at Empire State Plaza starting December 06, 2019 before it closes for the season in March 2020.

Winter at the Plaza Events

Every Saturday – Hannaford Free Rental Friday

March 2 – Learn To Skate Clinic
Available for beginners, intermediate and advanced skaters, learn to skate at the Empire State Plaza! Registration opens Feb. 18, 2019 for a 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. class.

Sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York and hosted by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club.
Please note: the ice rink will be closed to the public during each skating clinic and no walk-in registrations will be allowed. 

March 2 – Hannaford Kidz Expo
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is FREE for kids of all ages! Find activities like meet and greets with beloved characters, theater performances, bounce rides, arts and crafts, mini-golf, and even reptiles at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center! In addition to activities, this event features over 100 booths including children’s camps, photographers, college savings plans, and more.

Take Amtrak to Outdoor Ice Skating at Empire State Plaza

Skate outside via Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer Station in Albany, NY—Don’t forget to use the Amtrak See New York and Save 15% discount!

Get picked up from Albany-Rensselaer Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Albany office today at 518-427-3893.


December 6 (Friday) - March 6 (Friday)


Empire State Plaza Ice Rink

Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY

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