When I was younger, one of my favorite winter activities was ice skating. I would speed around the rink, imaging I was the next Michelle Kwan or Apolo Anton Ohno. So, what better way to treat myself than an evening ice skating in Clinton Square?

The rink, which opened in 2001, is now one of Syracuse’s most popular winter attractions. Clinton Square Ice Rink attracts more than 20,000 guests each year, according to ILoveNY.com.

I have skated at an outdoor rink once in the past – near The Strong Museum in downtown Rochester – but it had been awhile since I put on skates. Since I don’t own a pair, I rented some for $3 (plus the $3 admission fee), but you do have the option bring your own. Patrons can also purchase hot chocolate from the snack bar, perfect for a winter day, and place their belongings in a coin-operated locker for safe keeping.

Once I laced up my rental skates, I walked outside to the rink. The sound of holiday music filled the air, as a handful of skaters glided around the freshly cleaned ice. The rink is surrounded by light sculptures and the city’s artificial Christmas tree, and it offers unmatched views of downtown Syracuse. If you need a break from the cold, you can go back inside the heated building, but make sure to bundle up. Though I was a little rusty, I enjoyed the experience.

Clinton Square Ice Rink is open daily until mid-March, but, keep in mind, hours are weather-dependent. The rink is also within walking distance of restaurants, stores and museums, making for an affordable night (or afternoon) out. I know I will be returning. 

If You Go

Clinton Square Ice Rink

2 S. Clinton St., Syracuse.
Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.;
Friday & school vacations from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.;
and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Adults $3; Children 12 and under & seniors $2; rentals $3.
More information

Have an idea for a future treat yourself? E-mail CourtneyK@familytimescny.com


Courtney Kless is the Editor in Chief of Family Times. Courtney is originally from Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. Courtney began her career as a sports journalist, then spent several years working in higher education, before joining the company in August 2019. She enjoys traveling, reading and hiking, and recently adopted a Labrador Retriever, Bailey.

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