6 Popular Places to Go Ice Skating In & Around Buffalo

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Written by Jessica Kelly

Published on November 26, 2022
Ice at Canalside
The Ice at Canalside

Let’s be realistic here……skiing and snowboarding are fun winter activities, but there’s nothing quite as magical as ice skating. Plus it’s a very affordable cold-weather option. If you’re searching for a way to enjoy the winter without breaking the bank consider purchasing some ice skates (or just renting) and glide your way into some cheap / free winter fun!

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1. The Ice at Canalside

130 Main Rd, Buffalo, NY 14203 / Website

Type: Outdoors

There’s no better way to start off the ice skating season than right in the heart of the “New Buffalo”! With the rink and ice skating comes ice bikes, curling, fun winter events, and ICE BUMPER CARS!

Ice skating costs $8 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 6 – 12 and military, and is free for kids under 5. Skate rentals are $5. Ice bike rentals are $13 per half hour. Check out the Ice at Canalside’s hours, daily activities and updates based on the weather here.

Dining recommendations: After what’s sure to be a busy experience at Canalside, head out away from the madness to Swannie House or Ballyhoo for a drink and a casual meal.


Rotary Rink
Photo Courtesy of Rotary Rink

2. Rotary Rink

20 Fountain Plaza in Buffalo / More Info

Type: Outdoors

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t sometimes think of the Rotary Rink as our own little Rockefeller Center right here in Buffalo. With the rink located in downtown Buffalo near some of the city’s best restaurants and bars, it makes it easy to warm up with a drink after an evening of free ice skating. Cough, cough, it’s the perfect date. Just remember, Rotary Rink is weather dependent, so you might want to follow along with their Facebook updates before you make your way downtown. Regular days of operation are Tuesday – Sunday.

Skate rentals are $2 for kids and $3 for adults, but it’s a completely free activity if you own a pair of ice skates.

Dining recommendations: Head to nearby coffee shops Flint or Public Espresso in the Hotel Lafayette for a warm beverage, Eddie Brady’s or Big Ditch Brewing Co. for a casual lunch or dinner. Your hat and gloves won’t cramp your style at any of these places.

3. The Northtown Center at Amherst

1615 Amherst Manor Drive, Buffalo NY 14221 (Amherst) | More Info

Type: Indoors

Throw on some headphones and use The Northtown Center’s ice rink for a new way to break a sweat. It’s a peaceful workout to do on your own, a romantic date, or fun as a group! For their open skate schedule check out their website. General Skate is $8, $5 if you have an Amherst Town Card. Skate rental costs $5.

Dining recommendations: While you’re in the area (sorta), head to Red Pepper or Duff’s Famous Wings nearby to make a day/night of it.


4. North Buffalo Ice Rink

156 Tacoma Avenue in Buffalo | Website

Type: Indoors

The North Buffalo Ice Rink offers public skate hours generally every day of the week. Hours for open skate are Monday 11AM-1PM, Tuesday & Wednesday 4:30PM-6PM, Thursday 11AM-1PM, Friday 7PM-9PM, Saturday 5:30PM-6:30PM, and Sunday 7PM-9PM.  Public skate fees are $2 for city residents over 18 and $1 for kids and seniors who are city residents. Non-city resident skate fees are $3. Skate rentals are $2.

Dining recommendations: With Hertel Ave nearby, there are TONS of dining options here. We’re currently obsessed with Lloyd Taco Factory for lunch, dinner or drinks (kids welcome) and Joe’s Panini Grill for a casual stuff your face sesh. Also, if you’re into tacos and tortas (which is basically everyone) stop by La Divina in Kenmore.

5. Buffalo RiverWorks

359 Ganson Street in Buffalo | More Info

Type: Outdoor covered rinks

Riverworks is always adding new options to their list of things to do, so it’s no surprise they have ice rinks available for public skating, curling, hockey tournaments and more. Make sure to check out their website for upcoming open skate hours. Skate rentals cost $5.

Dining recommendations: Stick around to eat at Riverworks’ restaurant, head to nearby Duende for a drink in a cool oh-so-Buffalo spot, or hit Wonder CoffeeHouse for a breakfast/lunch of housemade waffles.


Photo courtesy of Classic Rink

6. The Healthy Zone Rink

41 Riley Street, East Aurora / More Info

The Healthy Zone Rink features a lodge for all of you who are okay with tagging along but would rather just watch. We know you’re out there. Admission is $6 ($5 with proof of HighMark Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance) and Hockey/Figure Skate Rentals are $4. Check out their additional skate dates on their website.

Dining recommendations: The famous and beloved Bar Bill is just down Main Street if you’re in the mood for wings (just be prepared to wait for a table). Check out Elm Street Bakery for a casual lunch break and Griffon Gastropub for hearty lunch or dinner. Taste Bistro is also just a short walk from the rink and is perfect for a warm coffee or specialty drink post-skate.

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This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Jessica Kelly</a>

Written by Jessica Kelly

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