Ice skating Atlanta style used to mean heading to Centennial Olympic Park, and at one time that was our favorite outdoor skating rink. Atlanta has so many more to choose from now (15+ in our list), and the Centennial Park’s rink isn’t even opening in 2018.
Read on to help you choose the best public ice skating in Atlanta, Ga for you, because each one has a little different character, and your kids aren’t welcome all the time. Plus there are several ice skating rinks in Atlanta that have closed, so make sure your favorite is still open.
So whether you want to hit the Atlantic Station ice rink, try the latest skating adventure at Ponce City Market or you are looking for ice skating in Georgia outside of Atlanta so you can go while visiting relatives, we have you covered.
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
Ice skating amid gleaming skyscrapers on a chilly winter evening is magical. Outdoor ice skating in Atlanta has become quite popular over the years, and the 10,000 square foot track style rink, the largest outdoor ice rink in the Southeast, at Atlantic Station ice rink is one of the coolest venues because of the location among gleaming skyscrapers.
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.
Best for All Ages, Tweens and Teens
The Rink at Park Tavern
500 10th St NE | Atlanta | 404-249-0001
Park Tavern’s ice skating rink is a nice size rink with good amenities. Comfy couches and chairs line the waiting area and there is even a toasty fireplace inside the bar area. 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 through Valentine’s Day, so if you don’t get there over the holidays, there’s still time to skate after the other rinks end their season.
Tickets for Park Tavern ice rink sponsored by Pepsi 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. Skate rentals are hockey skates and there is only one kind, so if your little princess wants skates like Olympic skaters, better bring your own. The Park Tavern does not have trainers or other assistance for young skaters.
Tip: go ahead and pay for parking in the lot, they actively boot around the park.
All Ages during the Day, Best for 16+ after 8:30 pm
Ponce City Market Skate the Sky
Ponce City Market N NE | Atlanta
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. Kids of course are welcome, but Fridays and Saturday after 5 pm, this rink is 21+ Only.
Skyline Park Atlanta invested in a cooler for this 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.
New for 2018, Igloos. Yes Igloos. Each one is themed (posh, couples, groups, glamping) and offers a slightly different experience for the 21+ crowd.
All Ages during the day, 21+ in the evenings
St Regis Skating Rink, Atlanta
Eighty-Eight, West Paces Ferry Rd NW| Atlanta | 404-563-7900
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
The Avalon ice skating rink is similar to Atlantic Station. It’s a very family friendly rink and there are bathrooms nearby, as well as an indoor soft playground for the little ones that either can’t skate, or get a little too cold. Free parking nearby is always a plus.
There are also plenty of shops, including Goldberg’s where you can get a hot coffee and watch the skaters – plenty of places to comfortably watch them skate, 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 Mall
Best for All Ages, Tween and Teens
The Polar Rink at Lake Lanier
7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy | Buford | 678-304-3120
The Lake Lanier holiday events are under new management in 2018. 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
The Rink Mall of Georgia
3333 Buford Drive | Buford |
Designed with faux-ice for a cool spin on the ultimate skating experience, the Rink at the Mall of Georgia pricing also includes skate rental. Family at Mall of Georgia members (children 12 and under) receive a $1 off skate fee Monday through Thursday until 2PM
Best for All Ages
Centennial Park Ice Skating
265 Park Ave W NW | Atlanta
Due to ongoing renovations as well as preparations for Super Bowl 53, Centennial Olympic Park’s ice skating rink and Holiday in Lights feature are postponed for the 2018-19 winter season, however a new 30-foot evergreen tree planted in the park will soon be decorated for the holidays. I hate this downtown Atlanta ice skating rink isn’t opening, but hopefully next year.
39-75 E Park Square | Marietta | 770-429-1115
The Marietta Square is a quaint, family friendly destination during the holidays with Santa’s Workshop, multi-story Christmas Tree, and holiday lights. However they will not be doing the outdoor ice skating rink for 2018.
Suntrust Battery Park
755 Battery Ave SE | Atlanta
The Battery Park ice rink was a one and done. The holiday programming does not include an ice rink for 2018.
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. This is an indoor/outdoor rink for the family in a botanical setting.
- Athens on Ice. The Classic Center is home to the only indoor NHL-sized Ice Skating arena and outdoor skating pavilion. From late November to early January, the rink will be indoors, then moved to the outdoor pavilion from late January through mid-February.
- Augusta on Ice. 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. 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 an experience ice skating and a life-size gingerbread house. WOW!
- Jekyll Island Ice Skating Village. The ice skating village at Jekyll Island is right off the beach
Additional Ice Rink Atlanta we have not visited:
As we visits 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.
- 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.
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.