Let’s Skate – Outdoor Ice Skating in Portsmouth

Photo courtesy of Strawbery Banke Museum

Outdoor ice skating at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke Museum has been our favorite outdoor activity recently.

The cold weather has been a huge adjustment for our family but there is something so nostalgic about outdoor ice skating. The charming neighborhood and mid-rink fire pit make the experience even better. The rink viewing is completely accessible and open Monday through Sunday. 

Here were some tips before you hit the rink:

  • Face masks are required by all visitors and staff inside the Visitors Center
  • Skaters can purchase tickets for any same day public skating session at the beginning of each day starting at 9:00 AM
  • Skating admission is FREE for military members and their dependents (AD member does not have to be present) 
  • Check the Facebook page for updates on ticket sales and weather updates 
  • Skate rentals are $6.00 (skate sizes available Kids 6 to Adult 14) 

(Play It Again Sports, Thrift Stores and local neighborhood Facebook pages are also great places to look if you want to purchase your own skates) 

  • Bring water and snacks, although vending machines are available inside the visitor’s center as well 
  • Have family or friends that would love to see you and your family skate? The rink has a livestream webcam:
  • Strawbery Banke has a strong partnership with Northeast Passage (NEP), a program of the University of New Hampshire that provides recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. NEP is at the rink weekly with adaptive skating equipment, including sit-down recreational ice sleds, adult skate trainers, etc., and staff who can assist individuals in using it. For more information, please contact NEP Education and Training Director Crystal Skahan: crystal.skahan@unh.edu; 603-862-0070

Make sure to tag us on IG (@TheSubmergedLife) if you make it out to the rink. Let’s make the most of this little winter wonderland. 



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