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It’s time to sharpen your skates! For the second year in a row, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) opens the doors to its ice skating rinks on Wednesday, Nov. 26 – the day before Thanksgiving.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or skating for the first time, friends and family can embrace the start of fun winter activities at a Massachusetts DCR ice skating facility.

Where are the Ice Skating Rinks?

There are a number of skating options that can make winter fun for everyone. They include:

What are the Hours of Operation?

On Nov. 26, 2014, DCR ice skating rinks open for the winter. However, hours of operation vary depending on the facility and are subject to change.

Contact the nearest DCR rink for its operating hours. If you plan to visit with a large group or for multiple sessions throughout the winter, file a DCR ice rental request form.

How Much Does it Cost?

Ice skating is a fun, inexpensive way to be active and enjoy the winter season. Ice skating facility fees range from free to $10, but it is best to contact the rink you plan on visiting ahead of time for rates. If you do not have your own skates, most rinks have rental skates available; rental fees will vary. Many ice skating rinks also have concession stands that sell food and beverages, so chilly skaters can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.

What Programs and Events Are Available?

Whether you’re looking to learn something new or need a reason to brave the winter weather, DCR programs and events at local ice skating rinks offer an exciting and active social environment. DCR also provides accessible events for persons with disabilities so they can get out on the ice and enjoy the seasonal fun. Don’t forget to fill out the DCR Universal Access Program Participant Registration and Release Form ahead of time.

Make the most of this winter and enjoy time with your family and friends at a DCR rink. See you on the ice!

Do you enjoy ice skating? Share your favorite experience or your favorite location for skating by commenting below or tweeting @MassGov.

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