Maine Indoor & Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

Maine Ice Skating Pond

Pond hockey is a popular pastime during Maine's extended winter season.

The state of Maine should be your preferred destination if you figure skate, play ice hockey or want to become either one. Indeed, the state has enough indoor and outdoor venues so that even recreational skaters can find plenty of options regardless of the season. Of the state’s eight regions, only the Downeast & Acadia area fail to offer an indoor skating rink, but this is more than offset by rest of the state’s 35 indoor arenas.

Maine Indoor Ice Skating Rinks

There are different types of indoor rinks in Maine with varying degrees of public accessibility. Some indoor arenas are municipal facilities, open to the public for small fees. Call ahead of time or check the schedule as many municipal facilities not only schedule recreational skating but also serve as game arenas for local recreation hockey leagues and high school teams. Some facilities also rent private time for figure skating instruction. Colleges, universities and some private schools also have indoor arenas with limited degrees of public access. Call ahead before showing up with your skates. Finally, some private business owners have opened arenas open to the public. Again, call ahead or check an online schedule to assure that the rink will be available for your needs.

Aroostook County

Aroostook County offers four inside arenas for skating:

  • John A. Millar Civic Center in Houlton
  • Madawaska Ice Arena (Multipurpose Center) in Madawaska
  • Haskell Community Center in Presque Isle
  • The Forum in Presque Isle

Greater Portland & Casco Bay

The Portland Area offers five inside arenas for skating:

  • Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland is the home arena for the AHL Portland Panthers hockey team
  • Portland Ice Arena in Portland
  • Family Ice Center in Falmouth offers both indoor and outdoor facilities
  • USM Ice Arena on the University of Southern Maine campus in Gorham
  • Travis Roy Ice Arena on the North Yarmouth Academy campus in Yarmouth

Kennebec & Moose River Valleys

The Augusta/Waterville  offers four inside arenas for skating:

  • Kennebec Ice Arena in Hallowell is the home arena for the Maine Moose U-18 Midget hockey team
  • Alfond Athletics Center on the campus of Kents Hill School in Kents Hill
  • Alfond Arena on the campus of Colby College in Waterville
  • Sukee Arena & Events Center in Winslow

Maine’s Lakes & Mountains

The Lakes Region offers five inside arenas for skating:

  • Ingersoll Arena in the community’s Pettengill Park in Auburn
  • Robinson Arena on the campus of Hebron Academy in Hebron
  • Androscoggin Bank Colisée (formerly Central Maine Civic Center) in Lewiston
  • Underhill Arena on the campus of Bates College in Lewiston
  • Bridgton Ice Arena on the campus of Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton

MidCoast

The MidCoast Region offers three inside arenas for skating:

  • Watson Arena on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick
  • Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport
  • Howard Sports Dome in Topsham

The Maine Beaches

Saco-Biddeford offers three inside arenas for skating:

  • Biddeford Ice Arena in Biddeford
  • MHG Ice Centre, home of the Portland Junior Pirates, in Saco
  • Southern Maine SportsZone (formerly Howard Sports) in Saco

The Main Highlands: Bangor, Katahdin, Moosehead Lake

The Greater Bangor Area offers three inside arenas for skating:

  • Sawyer Arena in Bangor
  • Penobscot Ice Arena (formerly T.J. Ryan Center) of Brewer
  • Alfond Sports Arena of the University of Maine in Orono

Maine Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

This list is by no means the exhaustive list of outdoor skating venues for Maine. Many lake areas have traditional coves utilized by locals for seasonal ice-skating. Inquire as to availability of these areas from the local citizens, the town office or the local Maine Warden Service. The Warden Service should also be consulted as to the ice safety of any body of water that appears appropriate for skating.

In addition to relatively unknown lake coves, the very large and very well known winter ski resorts typically offer an outdoor rink for ice-skating. An example of a resort rink would include Sugarloaf s NHL-sized ice rink.

Maine’s outdoor ice-skating experience can range from rural Haley Pond’s warm — and free! — welcome all the way up to Portland’s urban Deering Oaks Park.

Aroostook County

Aroostook County offers five outdoor skating rinks:

  • Ashland Area Recreational Ice Rink in Ashland
  • Teague Park Ice Rink in Caribou
  • Jalbert Park Skating Rink in Fort Kent
  • Riverside Park Ice Rink in Presque Isle
  • Van Buren Ice Rink Van Buren

Greater Portland & Casco Bay

Deering Oaks Park in Portland is the city’s historic and famous 52-acre park designed in 1879 and originally intended to remain in a relatively natural state. Luckily for current citizens, the park now contains a baseball field, tennis courts, children’s playgrounds and a pond. The park’s pond is located at the intersection of State Street and Park Avenue and is open each year from December to February, from 6 AM to 10 PM. Call 207-756-8275 or 207-874-8801 for any updates or questions about the pond’s availability. If unavailable due to weather, you can always switch your location to Portland’s Ice Arena.

Maine’s Lakes & Mountains

The Lakes Region offers five outdoor skating rinks:

  • Pettengill Park Rink outdoor pond rink in Auburn
  • Sunday River Ski Resort rink (White Cap Fun Center) in Bethel
  • Bethel Ice Rink, seasonally open, in Bethel
  • Sugarloaf USA Skating Rink in Carrabassett Valley
  • Haley Pond in the Rangeley Lakes area is the site of the annual February New England Pond Hockey Tournament. It offers free skating and free skate rentals to visitors.

The Main Highlands: Bangor, Katahdin, Moosehead Lake

The Bangor / Highlands Region offers six outdoor skating rinks:

  • Chapin Park Rink of Bangor
  • Bangor Gardens Park Ice Rink in Bangor
  • Broadway Park Ice Rink in Bangor
  • Dexter Skating Rink of Dexter
  • Dover Rink of the Dover-Foxcroft community
  • Marc Thibodeau Memorial Rink in Millinocket
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