3 Rinks Open for Public Skating and Icy Fun

Buffalo is an all-encompassing destination when it comes to winter fun. Just south of the city, you’ll find skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails, and high-speed tobogganing. But maybe you’re looking for an activity that’s a little more low-key. Or maybe you’re looking for winter fun a bit closer to downtown. Well then lace up your skates, bundle up and chill out at our favorite rinks that are still open and operating with COVID-19 protocols in place:

Credit: Buffalo RiverWorks

Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St, Buffalo

Set among the towering grain elevators that were once the crux of Buffalo’s booming industry along the Buffalo River, RiverWorks is a one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment complex. Housing two full-sized hockey rinks, visitors can enjoy open skating and curling before heading inside to a menu.

As ice space is limited, reservations for open skating must be made through OpenTable prior to your visit.

Check out RiverWorks for ice hours, rental rates, COVID-19 protocols and more information.

Credit: Classic Rink

Classic Rink, 41 Riley St, East Aurora

After the 2008 NHL Winter Classic, where the Buffalo Sabres took on the Pittsburgh Penguins, the rink was broken down and reassembled on Riley Street in the charming village of East Aurora. Today visitors can skate where the pros skated during the rink’s regular open ice hours and for special events. After you’ve carved a lap or 20, order some takeout from Bar-Bill Tavern for some of the region’s best wings or head to 42 North Brewing Company for a six pack of fresh brews.

Classic Rink’s COVID-19 protocol allows a maximum 65 people outside on the rink surface with no more than 10 people allowed in the lodge at any one time. For more details, click here.

Check out Classic Rink for ice hours, COVID-19 protocols and rental information.

Credit: Cornerstone CFCU Arena

Cornerstone CFCU Arena, 1 Grigg Lewis Way, Lockport

Whether you’re bringing your own skates or renting (for $5 plus $5 admission), you can participate in Cornerstone Arena’s Ice Skating Practice available five days a week – excluding Wednesdays and Sundays. And if you’re just learning to skate, Cornerstone Arena’s qualified instructors offer lessons on Sundays for a small additional fee!

Cornerstone CFCU Arena’s COVID-19 protocol allows a maximum 50 people on the rink surface. Reservations for the Ice Skating Practice must be made online here.

Check out Cornerstone CFCU Arena for ice hours, rental information and COVID-19 protocols.


Please note that the The Ice at Canalside and Martin Luther King Jr., Park rink will not be open in 2021. Rotary Rink, LECOM Harborcenter,Northtown Center at Amherst, North Buffalo Rink have suspended public skating until further notice.

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