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Blades of Glory: Unveiling the Enchanting Chill at The Lakes Region's Premier Ice Skating Oasis!

Brie Stephens

Brie has always been a devoted enthusiast of the Lake Life lifestyle, with an unwavering passion for New Hampshire and its charming Lakes Region...

Brie has always been a devoted enthusiast of the Lake Life lifestyle, with an unwavering passion for New Hampshire and its charming Lakes Region...

Nov 30 6 minutes read

Hey there, winter adventurers! ❄️ Today, we're taking you on a frosty journey to The Lakes Region's go-to spot for ice-skating bliss – our beloved "Blades of Glory." Get ready to glide into a world of enchantment, where chilly landscapes and the thrill of skating await. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-time skater, join us as we unravel the magic of The Lakes Region's premier ice skating oasis. Ready to lace up? Let's dive into the frosty fun!

Pop Whalen Ice & Arts Center


Looking for the coolest spot in The Lakes Region to unleash your inner ice maestro? Look no further than Pop Whalen Ice & Arts Center! This frosty haven, operated by the Town of Wolfeboro, isn't just a rink; it's a community of winter warriors, hockey enthusiasts, and those who simply love a good glide.

From Back Bay Youth Hockey to Lakes Region Curling League, Pop Whalen hosts them all. It's the go-to spot for Kingswood High School, Brewster Academy, and even the legendary Co-Ed League – because why should guys have all the fun?

Lap skating, stick practice, public skating – you name it, they've got it. Pop Whalen is the beating heart of Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation's icy adventures.

But hey, for now, the ice is catching its breath until the 2023 spring and summer shenanigans kick in. Keep an eye on their website for the lowdown on programming and events!

Ready to lace up? Dive into the winter wonder at Pop Whalen Ice & Arts Center! For more scoop, twirl over to their website , and don't forget to follow the frosty fun on Facebook and Instagram . Let the skating saga begin! 

Moultonborough Ice Rink


Looking for a frosty escape in the heart of the Lakes Region? Look no further than Moultonborough's Ice Rink at Kraine Meadow Park– home to the coolest (literally!) spot in town, the Moultonborough Ice Rink.

This rink is your icy playground, a place to skate at your own pace, unleash your inner ice ninja, and maybe even attempt a triple axel (at your own risk, of course!). It's a "Skate at Your Own Risk" kind of vibe, but don't worry, the Recreation Department pros and the trusty rink volunteers are the ice marshals ensuring everyone's winter wonderland stays drama-free.

Open Skate is your daily invitation to glide into happiness, but beware, the rink is divvied up when sticks and pucks join the party. No worries, it's all in the name of icy harmony. And when the Free Skate Schedule lights up, it's time to leave the sticks at home and let the figure skaters shine. 

The rink closes its frosty gates at 10 pm daily, so make the most of those moonlit spins before the Zamboni calls it a night.

Events are in the pipeline, so keep your eyes peeled for updates on what winter magic is brewing at Moultonborough Ice Rink!


Merrill Fay Arena


In the heart of Laconia, the Merrill Fay Arena stands tall and proud, not just as an ice rink but as a frozen epicenter of community spirit. Established in 1997 and renamed in 2016 to honor Merrill P. Fay, the mastermind behind the Winnipesaukee Skating Club, this non-profit gem is where winter magic comes alive.

Home to the Lakes Region Lakers Youth Hockey, the New England Wolves, Belmont-Gilford High School, Laconia-Winnisquam/Inter-Lakes High School, and a flurry of adult and women's leagues, Merrill Fay Arena isn't just an ice rink; it's a hub of hockey glory!

Lace-up for daily public skating sessions and twirl your way through the icy wonderland they've crafted for us mere mortals.

Curious to know more about the skating saga at Merrill Fay Arena? Visit their website  for all the deets. For real-time frosty updates and glimpses of the action, check out their Facebook . Let the winter adventures begin! 

Gilford Ice Rink 


Brace yourself, Gilford – the Arthur A. Tilton Ice Rink is here to turn your winter into a frosty fiesta! Open daily from dawn till dusk, this icy oasis operates its magic from late December through early March, weather permitting.

Glide into the day with open skating from dawn to 10:00 am, where every twirl feels like a winter waltz. Got a budding hockey pro under 13? Stick and Puck time from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm has them covered. Open skating takes the reins again from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm – because why should mornings have all the fun? Wrapping up the day is Stick and Puck for ages 14 and up, starting from 3:30 pm till the sun bids adieu.

But wait, there's more! The schedule is like winter itself – subject to change. So, keep an eye out for any delightful surprises the Parks and Recreation Department might toss your way.

Need to know more? Give them a ring at 603-293-0692. Let the winter festivities commence!

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