Ice Skating Atlanta 2019: The Best Rinks for Kids, Teens & Adults

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.

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.


Head to Rome, GA for Ice Skating and an Ice Slide

Ice Skating returns to Historic Downtown Rome, Georgia for the holidays! The Forum on Ice is open from November 17, 2019- January 6, 2020. This year guests will get to experience a FUN new attraction – an ice slide! Included in the price of general admission, you can grab a tube, climb to the top of the tower and slide down a 100 ft slide!!
There is no admission required to enter the arena, but there is a fee for admittance to the ice.
General Admission (Includes ice skate rental, access to ice rink and ice slide for the whole day): $12
Ice Slide Admission only: $5
Public parking is located across from Forum River Center. 1st hour free, $1/hour after or $8/day.
There are plenty of local shopping and dining options located within walking distance.

301 Tribune St, Rome, Georgia 30161

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 Skate 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 Thanksgiving thru MLK 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 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 and there is only one kind. 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.

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 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.

Igloos are back for 2019!  Each one is themed (posh, couples, groups, glamping) and offers a slightly different experience for the 21+ crowd. Reserve them early!

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

Word on the street is that St Regis will not reopen for 2019. 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

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

Best for All Ages, Tween and Teens

The Rink at INOLA Blue Ridge

9265 Blue Ridge Dr | Blue Ridge | 678-431-9270

New for 2019, enjoy Holidays at INOLA Blue Ridge. The colonial style village was built in the 1980s and includes historic building replicas found in Williamsburg, Virginia.

At the grand opening on November 29, step back in time as you take a leisurely INOLA stroll. Enjoy INOLA in the horse-drawn wagon. And take a spin on the ice at the INOLA ice skating rink!

Children will delight in visiting with Santa at the Wythe Mansion arbor – and storytelling with Mrs. Claus by the cozy Wetherburn fireplace.

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

Best for All Ages, Tween and Teens

The Polar Rink at Lake Lanier

7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy | Buford | 678-304-3120

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

Due to ongoing renovations as well as preparations for Super Bowl 53, Centennial Olympic Park’s ice skating rink and Holiday in Lights feature were postponed for the 2018-19 winter season. We're waiting to hear about 2019-2020.

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.
  • Nash Farm Park. New for 2019 in Hampton, GA. Real ice in a covered pavilion.
  • 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 Rinks 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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6 Comments on "Ice Skating Atlanta 2019: The Best Rinks for Kids, Teens & Adults"

  1. Great article and so helpful! Wonderful important details includes, written in a nice breezy style. Didn’t see the map at the end but maybe that’s because I’m accessing from my phone.

  2. You really should visit Ice Days in Olde Town Conyers. I have been to many rinks in the Atlanta area and this one is by far the most family friendly and cost friendly! They only charge $10 per skater including skates. The owners ar super friendly and they even opened a second rink last year in LaGrange.

  3. Center Ice Arena located inside the perimeter at 5750 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs is a beautiful inside ice rink open year round. By far the best ice in Atlanta and best decorated for the holidays! Newest indoor ice rink in Atlanta opened in December of 2014.

    Featured several times on the Weather Channel, Good Day Atlanta and most recently filmed in a Christmas Hallmark movie, Christmas Everlasting airing Saturday, November 24th at 8pm on the Hallmark channel.

  4. Neither Marietta Square or The Battery are doing ice skating this year.

  5. As of this morning, October 30, 2019, they are not planning to have ice skating at the St. Regis this year (per their representative at the ‘Holiday Desk.’)

  6. The info for the “Iceforum” ice rink is incorrect. It’s the Iceforum Duluth not “Kennesaw”.

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