Written for MyCentralJersey.com on 1/11/18
After a stint of warm weather at the season’s start, one thing is for certain — winter is here.
However, there are tons of fun things to do in the winter that don’t involve camping out on the couch, such as ice skating, where you’re sure to break a sweat so quick you’ll forget about that temperature in no time.
Ready to get in the winter spirit and check out some ice skating rinks — indoor and outdoor — through Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Union counties? Visit the following rinks.
ProtecHockey Ponds Ice Center
With one full-sized rink and two mini rinks, ProtecHockey Ponds Ice Center in the Somerset section of Franklin is the source of indoor ice skating fun throughout the year with hockey, figure skating, public skating and birthday parties.
Every week throughout the year, they also have programs available for children and adults to learn how to ice skate in group classes or privately.
If you go: The ProtecHockey Ponds Ice Center is at 15 World’s Fair Drive, Somerset, and can be reached at 732-868-9181 or protechockey.com. Admission costs $5 to $7 and skate rental costs $4.
Bridgewater Sports Arena
The rink at Bridgewater Sports Arena, which is also host to a 65-game arcade and laser tag, is open for public ice skating every day. However, grab a great deal here on Fridays for Family Night, when admission, skate rental and 20 arcade tokens cost $12 a person.
Plus, if you want to learn how to skate, classes are offered, including group classes, private lessons and special-education programs.
If you go: Bridgewater Sports Arena is at 1425 Frontier Road, Bridgewater, and can be reached at 732-627-0006 or bsaarena.com. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for kids and skate rental is $3.
Union Sports Arena
Union Sports Arena, which also offers hockey and soccer, is home to figure skating as well as public skating sessions on weekdays at varying times depending on the day.
Children and adults can learn to skate at classes of varying levels for $119 for six sessions (or a three-month pass).
If you go: Union Sports Arena is at 2441-A Route 22 West, Union, and can be reached at 908-687-8610 or unionsportsarena.com. Admission costs $9 and skate rental costs $5.
Roosevelt Park Rink
If you want a real taste of winter, then this Edison rink is for you. Open through April 1, the outdoor rink in Roosevelt Park overlooks the lake and brings in thousands of locals every season.
Plus, the Skate Zone Café is open during rink hours, offering a variety of hot and cold drinks and snacks, including chicken nuggets, hamburgers, pizza, mozzarella sticks and grilled cheese sandwiches.
If you go: Roosevelt Park Family Ice Skating Rink is at 151 Parsonage Road, Edison, and can be reached at 732-745-4484 or middlesexcountynj.gov. Admission costs $6 per adult and $5 per child and skates can be rented for $5 per person.
Woodbridge Community Center
There’s always tons going on at the Woodbridge Community Center, including child care, senior programs, miniature golf and, of course, public ice skating on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Don’t miss out on their Friday Night Cosmic skate session, where the lights are turned down and top 40 hits are played under a light show. If you get hungry, the cafe offers a variety of healthy foods and snacks, coffee and hot chocolate.
If you go: Woodbridge Community Center is at 600 Main St., Woodbridge, and can be reached at 732-596-4000 or njwcc.com. Admission costs $7 to $8 and skate rental costs $4.