Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Ice Rink Is Back for the Season
Cold weather is here – so it’s time to ice skate! The best place in the area to get on the ice is right in downtown Baltimore at the Inner Harbor Ice Rink. The rink is back again this year, now open for the 2019-2020 season.
The rink, which is backed by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and sponsored by the Meyerhoff family, opened on November 1, 2019 and will remain open through January 20, 2020.
As in years past, the rink is located at the top of the Amphitheater in the Inner Harbor, between the Harborplace Pavilions; the address is 201 E. Pratt St.
What to Expect
The Inner Harbor Ice Rink is a fun, outdoor space for the whole family to enjoy. Skaters of all ability levels have a great time taking spins around the ice as they take in the Inner Harbor’s gorgeous views of the water and the city skyline.
Next to the rink, there’s an area for relaxation and rest, dubbed the Penguin Pad. This area is a great place to hang out while watching the skaters and gazing at the water.
After your skate, head to Tir na nOg Irish Bar & Grill in Harborplace for a warm drink and Irish meal; you’ll receive 10% off with your rink wristband.
All season long, the rink hosts fun special events, including:
- Superhero skate on November 17: skaters dressed as superheroes will receive a gift
- Skate with Santa on Dec. 7: not only will you get to skate with the big guy from the North Pole, the first 100 kids will also receive a Christmas Hat
- College Nights every Thursday in December: college ID and school gear gets you a free skate rental
- Chanukah on Ice on December 22: before heading to the McKeldin Square Chanukah Festival and Menorah Lighting, skate to seasonal music
- New Year’s Eve: the rink is open until 12:30 a.m., so you can watch the fireworks from the ice
- Princess Skate on January 18: kids dressed in prince or princess gear will be granted a free crown to complete their outfits
- Closing Glow Party on January 20: to celebrate the end of the season, glowing accessories will be out in full effect
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The Inner Harbor Ice Rink is open Monday through Thursday, noon until 10 p.m., Friday noon to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are special hours on Thanksgiving and the day after, between Dec. 21 and New Year’s Day and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Closings due to inclement weather are a possibility during the prime season for ice skating. For announcements and updates on the rink’s status, check the Waterfront Partnership’s Facebook page.
Rink Pricing & Ages
Admission to the rink is $10 for adults and $9 for seniors, children and members of the military; season skating passes, good for unlimited visits, are available for $150. There are also group rates available. Hockey skates are available for rental; they are $4 per pair.
There are also special rink offers for members of the National Aquarium and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.
Skaters must be at least 4 years old and those under 9 must be accompanied by an adult on the ice. Any novice skaters – those who cannot skate by themselves – must have someone with them to help, as the rink does not have any walkers or skating aids available.
Where to Park to Go to the Inner Harbor Ice Rink
Before you lace up your skates to head downtown, make a plan for parking.
Harbor Park Garage, located at 55 Market Place, is just a short, easy walk to the harbor and the rink. The garage, which is easily accessible from I-83 and other routes in and out of downtown Baltimore, is also convenient to many fun restaurants and bars where you might stop for a bite to eat or a warm (or cold) drink before or after your skate.
Plus, Harbor Park is safe, well-lit and staffed around the clock by a smart, friendly crew of employees who will be happy to point you in the direction of your destination or answer any questions you might have.