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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.