The Poconos Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania are one of the most popular winter destinations. You’ll discover tons of thrilling activities from skiing some of the best runs in the area to snowmobiling over frozen lakes. We’ve got you covered if you’re looking for a great place to go ice skating in the Poconos. Whether you’re a beginner a seasoned skater, there’s the perfect place for you. In the winter, you can visit several state parks for a day of skating or head to one of the indoor rinks, which are accessible year-round.
As you begin to plan your getaway to the Poconos, don’t forget to request your copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide. This handy travel planner will provide you with all the local insight you need to have a memorable trip. From restaurants to outdoor activities, our guide covers the best places in the area.
Where to Go Ice Skating in the Poconos
Nearby State Parks
There is something special about experiencing the thrill of ice skating in the Poconos at one of the beautiful outdoor parks. However, before handing to one of these locations, it’s important to check ice thickness. None of these locations are monitored by a professional, you are skating at your own risk. You can use an auger to measure the ice thickness, ensuring that it will be safe enough for you and your family. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources states that the ice should be at least four inches thick for individual skates and at least seven inches for a small group.
If you’re staying in the area and plan on going ice skating in the Poconos, check out Gouldsboro State Park. You can park near lot four, and you’ll discover a one-acre frozen area where skating is allowed when conditions are safe. You can also try ice skating at Hickory Run State Park. This public park offers numerous winter activities aside from skating that include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Indoor Skating Rinks
If the outdoor conditions aren’t right or you’re visiting the area in the winter but still want to enjoy ice skating in the Poconos, try one of the many indoor rinks. Of course, the greatest advantage to outdoor skating is the scenery. However, indoor skating can be just as thrilling. The Toyota SportsPlex is a large, highly equipped facility perfect for the entire family. With plenty of space for all skaters, this rink also has a lot of seating for any guests who may not want to get out on the ice themselves. Seniors and children under four can hit the ice for just $4 while adult admission is still very affordable at $8.
Another option is Skytop Lodge! Their pavilion changes into an ice skating reach each winter and you can enjoy skating for a $10 rink fee ($20 if you need to rent your own skates).
Enjoy the Poconos Mountains at the French Manor Inn and Spa
Our luxurious inn has a gorgeous view of the surrounding area from its perch atop Huckleberry Mountain in Newfoundland, PA. During your stay, you’ll be close to the best areas for ice skating in the Poconos. You’ll also have access to all of our fantastic amenities such as an on-site spa, an outstanding restaurant, Yoga with a View classes in the spring and fall, and an indoor saltwater pool.