Ice Skating Atlanta 2020: The Best Rinks for Kids, Teens & Adults

‘Tis the season to ice skate!

If you’re ready to go ice skating, Atlanta has some great options for you!  Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly adventure, or a quiet date night, there are plenty of great rinks to choose from in and around our great city.  We’ve got you covered!

Ice Skating Atlanta 2020: The Best Rinks for Kids, Teens & Adults

Also, we frequently get requests like, “Help me find an ice skating rink near me,” so we’ve added addresses and phone numbers for easy searching.

So with no further ado, here are the best outdoor ice skating rinks in Atlanta!

Atlantic Station Ice Skating

1380 Atlantic Dr NW | Atlanta | 404-410-4010
Dates: Nov. 16, 2020 – Jan. 18, 2021

It’s back! Ice skating amid gleaming skyscrapers on a chilly winter evening is magical, and that’s what you’ll get at Skate the Station at Atlantic Station.

Outdoor ice skating in Atlanta has become quite popular over the years, and Atlantic Station has a 10,000-square-foot track-style rink that is sure to surpass your expectations.  It’s the largest outdoor ice rink in the southeast!

Skate the Station at Atlantic Station is the closest you can get to skating at Rockefeller Center without hopping a flight to NYC. Read all our tips and tricks to make your visit to one our favorite ice skating rink in Atlanta the best it can be.

This year, tickets are available online, in advance only. Timed ticketing and other safety protocols will be adhered to. There will be a reduced capacity this year, and skate times will be limited to 75 minutes. Tickets are on sale now here.

Best for All Ages, Tweens and Teens.

The Rink at Park Tavern

500 10th St NE | Atlanta | 404-249-0001
Dates: Begins Thanksgiving Day 2020

Park Tavern’s ice skating rink is a nice-sized rink with good amenities and spectacular views.

Following safety protocols and guidelines from the CDC and State and Georgia, the 85-foot long and 40-foot wide, covered rink is heated and boasts a state-of-the-art sound system.

Complimented by Park Tavern’s dog-friendly, expansive patio overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline, guests can hit the ice, relax in private cabanas and bubble tents, gather around stone fire pits and cook s’mores, and catch their favorite teams and holiday movies on numerous flatscreen TVs.

Special rink desserts are available, including gourmet hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings – Mmmm. For those that just want to watch the little ones, there is a full bar available within the ice rink (try the adult hot chocolate).

The Park Tavern’s location off Piedmont Park can’t be beat and has a beautiful view of the Midtown Skyline. This rink is open Thanksgiving thru Monday, February 15, 2021 so if you don’t get there over the holidays, there’s still time to skate after the other rinks end their season.

The Rink at Park Tavern Powered by Pepsi will be open Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. At 8:30 p.m., The Rink becomes a 16+ venue until midnight.

Guests of all ages can enjoy skating experiences for $15 Monday through Thursday and $20 Friday through Sunday until 8 p.m.

The state of the rink at Park Tavern stays nice due to the resurfacing the ice team does throughout the day.

Tickets for Park Tavern ice rink must be ordered online. You can order them prior to going, or use a computer that has been set up at The Tavern for that purpose.

The price includes skate rentals, which are hockey skates.  So if your little princess (or prince) wants skates like Olympic skaters, better bring your own. The Park Tavern does not have trainers or other assistance for young skaters.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, masks are required when not on the ice.  Capacity will be reduced for the 2020-2021 season.

Tip: Go ahead and pay for parking in the lot, they actively boot around the park.

All Ages during the Day, Ages 16+ after 8:30 p.m.

Ponce City Market Skate the Sky

Ponce City Market N NE | Atlanta
Dates: Begins Nov. 27, 2020

Ponce City Market’s Skate the Sky 3,500-square-foot ice skating rink has only been around since 2017, but it’s becoming a favorite, especially as an adult date night.

Family hours will be every Saturday and Sunday from Noon-3 p.m., and during this time, visitors can skate and sing along with The Roof’s resident Ice Queen. Starting at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, visitors 21 and over will be able to dance the night away to music spun by local DJs.

Book your skating adventure high above the rest with 50 minutes of ice skating, and unlimited gameplay at Skyline Park.

Skyline Park Atlanta invested in a cooler for this rooftop terrace ice rink, which sits below the ice. This means that when the other rinks are melting, Skyline Park Atlanta will be solid ice. There’s also a tent covering so you can skate when it’s raining outside. We loved the views of the city too…and having Nine Mile Station right there. Light snacks, hot chocolate and a full bar are right off the rink. The downside: You have to pay admission to the roof in ADDITION the skate fees.

Don’t forget, their igloo reservations are open for 2020 and there are only a few left! Book a family-friendly igloo with the Ice Queen, a 21+ Igloo at the Skating Rink, or a full dinner experience igloo at 9 Mile Station!

Ages 5+ during the day, 21+ in the evenings

St. Regis Skating Rink, Atlanta

Eighty-Eight, West Paces Ferry Rd NW|  Atlanta | 404-563-7900

Word on the street is that St Regis will not reopen for 2020. We’ll keep you posted with more info as we get it.

For a luxurious winter experience, take the family ice skating at the St. Regis Astor ice rink in Buckhead. This rink is an intimate affair, limited to only 30 people per hour this is the most intimate setting, perfect for younger kids who aren’t sure of themselves.

Parents get some holiday cheer by sipping cocktails ringside while kids glide around, or roast marshmallows nearby for s’mores. The hot cocoa is like drinking a chocolate bar and I loved the crunchy jimmies on top. And don’t miss the life-sized gingerbread house in the lobby.

Reservations are recommended, but when we went, there were still a few reservations that evening, so don’t assume they’re booked. However, as it gets closer to Christmas, things do get a bit more crowded, especially on the weekends. The biggest con here is the price – it ain’t cheap.

Best for All Ages, Young Children

Avalon Ice Skating Rink

400 Avalon Boulevard | Alpharetta | 770-765-1000
Dates: Nov. 22, 2020 – Jan. 18, 2021

Avalon on Ice is similar to Atlantic Station, in that they are both outdoor rinks.  This family-friendly rink has bathrooms nearby, plenty of seating, and an indoor soft playground for little ones.  Free parking is nearby.

There are also plenty of shops, including Goldberg’s where you can get a hot coffee and watch the skaters.  There are plenty of places to comfortably watch the skaters, or just sit in front of the fireplace on a comfy couch (although you won’t see the skaters from here).

If your child wants to skate, but they don’t have skates small enough, ask about blades only that can be attached to their shoes. For more about Avalon Ice Skating, see our full post here: Festive Ice Skating at Avalon

This year, capacity will be limited and masks are required.

Best for All Ages, Tween and Teens

The Rink at INOLA Blue Ridge

9265 Blue Ridge Dr | Blue Ridge | 678-431-9270
Dates: Canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19

The Annual INOLA Holiday Festival and ice skating rink has been canceled for 2020.  The colonial-style village in Blue Ridge was built in the 1980s, and includes historic building replicas found in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The rink will open every day at Noon and close at 10 p.m. (They will close at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.)  Season passes are available.

Food trucks will be available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

At sunset, INOLA will dazzle as holiday lights twinkle throughout the village, including the illuminated maze!

Best for All Ages, Tween and Teens

Frosty’s Ice Rink at Lake Lanier

7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy | Buford | 678-304-3120
Dates: Nov. 6, 2020 – Feb. 21, 2021

Ready for some snowy fun? Take a spin on Frosty’s Ice Rink at Lake Lanier!

Safe Harbor Development has invested 3.5 million into Margaritaville at Lanier Islands and transformed the summertime destination into a winter wonderland – License to Chill: Snow Island.

In the past the holiday rink has been plastic, but thank goodness, it’s back to real ice this year.

Find out all the different activities available at Lake Lanier during the holidays in our post.

Best for All Ages, Tween and Teens

Centennial Park Ice Skating

265 Park Ave W NW | Atlanta
Dates: Not happening in 2020.

Centennial Olympic Park will not be having ice skating in 2020 because the park has been closed indefinitley due to COVID-19.

Ice Skating in Georgia

These rinks are outside the Atlanta metro area. If you’ve been, let us know what to expect!

  • Olde Town Conyers Pavilion. Experience ice skating in Conyers, Ga. at Ice Days.  This is an indoor/outdoor rink for the family in a botanical setting.
  • Ice Days in Covington. Ice Days’ newest location will open in Covington on Nov. 19, 2020.
  • Athens on Ice.  Ice skating returns to the Classic City Nov. 6, 2020. Experience this holiday season with safe, outdoor fun. Akins Ford presents Athens on Ice at the 440 Foundry Pavilion. ‘Tis the season to be safe! With mobile tickets, limited capacities, and extra sanitation measures, you can relax and enjoy the most magical time of the year. Space for each session is limited, so buy your tickets ahead of time here to save your space in the rink.
  • Augusta on Ice. Note: Augusta on Ice won’t take place in 2020 due to COVID-19. The following information is from 2019’s season. This new rink is part of a whole winter village on the Augusta Common. In addition to the holiday ice rink, there is an ice slide, train ride, family friendly concerts, live music, dancing, s’mores, hot chocolate and lots of merry-making fun.
  • Reynolds Plantation. Note: No information about ice skating at Reynolds Plantation has been released for 2020.  The following information is from 2019. If you happen to be staying with Reynolds Plantation this year – and holy cannoli, do they have some great holiday packages and events – then you can experience ice skating and a life-size gingerbread house. WOW!
  • Jekyll Island Ice Skating Village. Note: No information about ice skating at Jekyll has been released for 2020. The following informaiton is from 2019. The ice skating village at Jekyll Island is right off the beach.

Additional Ice Rinks We Haven’t Yet Visited

As we visit the ice rinks below, we’ll update this post with a review. In the meantime, if you’ve been and have some insight to share, please let us know.

  • Ice Rink at Sugar Hill. 5039 West Broad Street, Sugar Hill | 770-945-6716
  • Marietta Ice Center . This is one of the Atlanta hockey rinks /skating facility, not a holiday rink.
  • The Cooler, Alpharetta. This is also an indoor ice skating rink and hockey facility, not a holiday rink.  They do offer public skate dates, though!
  • Ice Forum, Kennesaw. 300 Satellite Blvd NW | Duluth |770-813-1010 This is the official practice facility for the Gladiators hockey team and they also have skate instruction.
  • Center Ice Arena. Sandy Springs. Learn to skate, play hockey, or just enjoy gliding across the ice during one of their public skating dates.

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Ice Skating Atlanta 2020: The Best Rinks for Kids, Teens & Adults
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Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories. @SueRodman