Around Rochester: Ice Skating at Manhattan Square Park

By: Stefanie

Since Rochester is a four season climate, Rochesterians must embrace winter and make the most of it.  One fun and inexpensive activity to get you outdoors – that's an alternative to the more expensive (and personally more dangerous!) downhill skiing - is ice skating.

There are a few indoor rinks, but I had the chance recently to check out the outdoor rink at Manhattan Square Park.  Run by the City of Rochester, this rink re-opened this year with an expanded warming shelter (where you change into your skates, get rentals, etc) with a new heated floor and fireplace, a 30% larger rink, new rental skates, and a new lighting and sound system.

The atmosphere is wonderful – perfect for going with a special someone, the family, or a group of friends.  I went at night so the air was crisp and it was a calm and peaceful to skate under the stars.  The rink is large enough for beginners to skate around the perimeter leaving the middle for more advanced skaters to do their turns and spins. Once you have had your fill of skating, you can walk to one of the East Avenue area cafes (such as Java Joe's or Spot Coffee) to warm up with a hot chocolate or a latte.

So if you are looking for something different to do on a weeknight or a weekend this winter, head down to Manhattan Square Park.  But don't wait!  The rink will only be open through March 21st (weather permitting).  The entrance fee is $4 for adults, $2 for youths (17 and under), and families will pay a maximum of $12.  Rentals, if needed, are an additional $3 and an ID is required. Happy skating!

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