The Southampton Ice Rink is a true gem, especially for families with kids. Conveniently located off County Road 39 in Southampton, it transitions from a popular spot for golf and mini-golf in the summer to a magical ice hockey rink in the winter—a must-visit for parents with hockey-loving kids or anyone seeking joy, amusement, and a bit of exercise through a free skate session.
Let’s talk about the cost—it’s incredibly reasonable. For barely $20, you can enjoy an unlimited free skate session without the hassle of making reservations or downloading apps. Don’t have your own skates? No problem, you can rent them for just $5. Yes, you read that right—$5. For both of us, I paid about $45, which, in today’s world, feels like a gift compared to the expenses of other activities. It’s a place that doesn’t stress you out about money the moment you walk in; it genuinely caters to everyone.
My three-year-old daughter, Sophia, full of energy, was thrilled to be there. Her first time on ice skates, she was initially nervous, but once I stepped on the ice with her, the experience was amazing. The crisp, cold air hitting your face is invigorating, akin to that feeling when it snows, but available on demand at the rink. As a dad always on the lookout for simple, fun activities, ice skating has officially made it onto my list of healthy, safe, and enjoyable things for us to do together.
The rink provides handy stabilizing tables for newcomers to skating, which were great for Sophia to hold onto as we both got the hang of it. Sure, she had a few spills, but that’s all part of the learning curve. I was pleasantly surprised to see familiar faces; it’s evidently a beloved local spot.
Sophia and I navigated our way around the rink, a bit unsteady at first, while others zipped past us, all with smiles and cheers for Sophia. After about an hour, my legs were feeling it, but Sophia was still eager to go, so we persevered. It’s fantastic exercise, perfect for tiring out an energetic kid.
I’m still in awe that such a fun winter activity exists right here in the Hamptons! It’s an ideal family pastime for chilly winter days, and definitely worth incorporating into your schedule, perhaps even bi-weekly or weekly.
After our skating adventure, we made our way back to the car, with Sophia starting to nod off in her seat. But I wasn’t about to let her miss out on the next part of our day—a trip to Tate’s Bake Shop for some much-needed hot chocolate.