New Hampshire is home to stunning, New England wilderness that make for truly magical winters. The state is defined by its tight-knit communities, most with an affinity for winter activities. You won’t have to look far to find an ice rink, where everyone laces up their skates for their own reasons. Whether you’re enjoying a day on an outdoor pond with your loved ones or practicing in an arena for that hockey game you have coming up, there is something for everyone to enjoy at these 10 great ice skating rinks in New Hampshire.
A three-acre, Victorian skating park straight out of a storybook. Sure to delight the young and the young at heart, make a day of it and take one of Nestlenook’s famous Austrian sleigh rides, or try your hand at snowshoeing, all in quaint, antique surroundings.
Nestled in the Strawbery Banke living history museum in Portsmouth, Puddle Duck Pond is a quintessentially New England experience. The rink also hosts professional skating exhibitions through the “Skating Stars on the Seacoast” program, and period performances during Portsmouth’s Christmas season.
The Dover Ice Arena is truly a hub of its community. The arena offers opportunities for people of all ages to join hockey leagues, skate recreationally, and even enjoy a “Rock Skate” with music and lights.
Nashua’s Conway Arena provides skill classes, lessons, hockey leagues, camps, and even an annual “Basic Skills Competition” to show off all your hard work. Ice rentals available for parties, field trips, and tournaments.
As home ice for four local high school teams, few New Hampshire rinks know hockey like The Icenter in Salem. A variety of classes and skill workshops are offered, including a Women’s Skill Class taught by former NHL players Dennis McCauley and Brian McGuirk.
Stop by for a class, free skate, league practice or game, and stay for a bite at the Power Play Café, featuring snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine. The Rinks at Exeter also boasts a top-of-the-line goalie development system, led by Mike Buckley, currently the goaltending development coach of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Buckley is also director of goaltending at Pro-Ambitions Hockey, and his unique curriculum is taught at 120 locations across the nation. The Rinks also houses a Pure Hockey store for true beginners, or those looking to upgrade their gear.
The James W. Campion Rink in West Lebanon is a gem of a spot for figure and hockey skaters alike. With available concessions, an on-site pro shop, and seating for up to 450 spectators, The Campion Rink is a pillar of the Upper Valley community.
Operated until recently as the Laconia Arena, The Merrill Fey Arena has provided joy to generations of local families. Offering programs for both hockey and figure skaters, an on-site pro shop, and free skate, The Merrill Fey Arena has something for everyone. Join them for their “Meltdown” event on select winter Saturdays for skating, a live DJ, light shows, face painting, games, and prizes galore.
On top of their comprehensive schedule of figure, hockey, and free skating, the Ham Arena offers a truly unique opportunity for area adults: A curling league. Master the centuries old “Roarin Game” in a competitive but social network of eight Ham Arena teams.
Churchill Rink offers a covered, regulation size skating surface with open walls to provide a festive experience no matter the weather! Whether you’re just learning to skate, or honing your hockey skills, Churchill has the program for you.