Used to be, Mainers waited impatiently until it got cold – nice and cold – until they hauled out their skates and headed out for their favorite pond, lake or marsh. Skating is big in Maine. Impromptu outdoor ice rinks are almost as common as snow plows and Christmas trees. People flood their back yards to build miniature hockey arenas and carefully snow-blow sections of their local lake.
It’s not just locals who can find great places to skate in Maine. Communities throughout the state have both outdoor and, increasingly, indoor ice rinks that are open to all. If the urge hits, you can thwack a hockey puck around a full-sized ice vault in July while your family goes surfing a few minutes away.
Here are some popular skating areas:
Penobscot Ice Arena, Brewer Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, Carrabassett Valley Maine Ice Vault, Hallowell Town of Brunswick rinks, Brunswick Family Ice Center, Falmouth The Rink at Thompsons Point, Portland Biddeford Arena, Biddeford The Waterhouse Center, Kennebunk