At 14,000 square feet, the Alex and Ani City Center dwarfs the famed ice rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center and provides visitors with plenty of room to ice skate for hours. Located in Kennedy Plaza, skaters can enjoy a day of gliding against a backdrop of Providence landmarks during open skate sessions. After graceful spins across the ice, guests can indulge in cocoa, coffee, and delicious eats from downtown Providence's nearby local haunts. The rink also offers birthday party packages with the use of a heated pavilion space, group reservations for business and social outings, and full-ice private event rentals.
Seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year, the Boss Ice Arena opens its doors to college athletic teams, amateur ice skaters, and budding hockey enthusiasts. Operated in conjunction with the University of Rhode Island, the facility hosts the university’s men’s and women’s hockey games, as well as intramural sports, public skating sessions, and hockey-centric camps and clinics for youngsters aged 6 to 18. The arena also features an ice-skating instructional program for both children and adults, public hockey sessions, and caters to events such as birthday parties. On game days, up to 2,500 fans fill the arena with a deafening howls and as they cheer on their nationally ranked teams, and on non-game days, non-professional skaters practice their elaborate post-goal dances before stopping into the on-site pro shop to stock up on gear or pet the store’s mascot, Jack the dog.
Elaine Prata never let her illness stop her from skating. The wife and mother of two, who battled with scoliosis throughout her life, still found the time and energy to do the things she loved, including spending time on the ice. Following her passing, friends and family came together to create Skating for Shriners, an event in support of the hospital that helped her so much as a young person. As a part of the event, two one-hour skating sessions see the ice filled with revelers who glide or rocket around the rink as DJ Beyond Beats fills the air with tunes. After sessions on the ice, participants can nosh on complimentary food and drinks, sating the appetite they've earned by not falling down for a whole 52 minutes.
It's a community hotspot highlighted by a particularly cool spot: a renovated, indoor lap pool. This temperature-controlled oasis is the crown jewel of Randolph Recreation, whose facilities emphasize its surname. Visitors can swim, take a fencing lesson, or play a friendly game of basketball without sneaking onto their neighbor's driveway in the middle of the night. On top of these before- and after-school activities, the center fosters liveliness during the summer via day camp and day trips, which include excursions to Lobster Fest and Martha's Vineyard.
Home of the Babson College Beavers, and thus naturally formed by a dam made from half-chewed hockey sticks, the frozen expanse of Babson Skating Center provides plenty of space for skaters to etch figure eights in its smooth, glistening surface. Professional instructors impart skills in hockey and figure-skating lessons for all experience levels and ages, and public skating or pickup hockey matches allow students to test their newfound skills. Off the ice, the onsite skate shop's staff sharpens skates and keeps mouth guards, laces, and tape on hand in case hockey coaches need to fix up their injured starting mannequin.
A landmark in the Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods for more than 80 years, Chez Vous Roller Skating celebrates one of America's favorite pastimes by ushering guests onto a gleaming floor for some spins around the rink. Visitors without their own roller skates can rent a pair before heading out to glide and get down to tunes from the '70s?the golden age of roller rinks?and beyond. General skating is the main attraction for everyone from youth trying out trick moves to adults seeking a nostalgic activity, but Chez Vous also hosts birthday parties and special events featuring live DJs.