Cut a Figure Eight On and Off RI’s Bank of America Ice Skating Rink in Providence
Sixteen indoor rinks from the northern to southern breach include: Woonsocket – Adelard Arena at Mount St. Charles Academy; Burriville – Austin Levy Arena; North Smithfield – Rhode Island Sports Center; Smithfield – Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink; Pawtucket – Dennis Lynch Arena; Providence – Dunkin Donuts Center, George Meehan Auditorium at Brown University, and Schneider Arena at Providence College; Cranston – Cranston Veterans Memorial Rink; Warwick – Thayer and Warburton Arenas; West Warwick – West Warwick Civic Center Arena; Kingston – Boss Arena at University of RI; Middletown – two rinks, the Cabot-Harmon Ice Center at St. George’s School; Portsmouth – Portsmouth Abbey School Rink.
Three Outdoor Rinks for Jack Frost to nip at your heels: Narragansett Pier Ice Rink in that community, Sovereign Bank Family Skating Center of Newport, and Bank of America Skating Center in Providence-the spin of this article. So, grab your Skates and dress warmly for cutting a figure eight both on and off the ice.
Bank of America Skating Center comprises a 14,000 sq. ft. rink twice the size of Rockerfeller Plaza’s ice rink in New York City. Located at 2 Kennedy Plaza in the capital city of Providence, its strategic placement was the intent to infuse the downtown area with the hustle and bustle of activity throughout the year with scheduled events. The summer season runs from June – October. The winter season from November – March “capitalizes” on the popular activity of ice skating as well as events and activities families can enjoy off the ice in the surrounding Kennedy Plaza.
Throughout the winter season, the ice rink is available Monday – Friday from 10 AM to 10 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 11 AM to 10 PM. Adult admission is $6.00, children twelve and under – $3.00, seniors 65 and older – $3.00. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Skate rental fee is $4.00.
Though you might love the spin you’re in, skater or not-there are plenty of good reasons to warm up to one or more of these suggestions within an arm and leg reach at the Plaza.
Lucky Lunch Monday – participating vendors offer great deals on lunch, of course.
Providence Story time – bring your own blanket to wrap around the kids as they listen to different weekly storytellers near the fountain in Burnside Park.
Monthly Market Bazaar – held the first Tuesday of the month from 11 AM – 5 PM. The bazaar on the sidewalk along Burnside Park from June – October offers passers-by food, antiques, accessories, art, and other merchandise.
Public Square Day – running every second Tuesday of the month on the sidewalk of Burnside Park from June – October, non-profit agencies gather to present their goals involving the arts, humanities, fitness, and the environment while interacting with the public in a fun way.
Noon Tunes – Lunchtime Music Series Wednesdays – throughout the month of September, from 12 – 1 PM, you can enjoy musicians entertaining in various genres ranging from West African Highlife, Jazz Fusion, Celtic, Classical, etc.
Fountain of Youth Skateboarding Night -for $5.00 every third Thursday of the month, June – October, you can show off your moves.
Farmers’ Market Fridays – beginning on June 4th 11 AM – 2 PM you can avail yourself of fresh produce harvested by RI farmers.
Bank of America Skating Center is the focal point of several varied events and activities at Kennedy Plaza offered throughout the year. Rhode Island residents and out-of-towers can anticipate a warm reception both on and off the ice any season. Kennedy Plaza is definitely worth a spin whether on ice or solid ground.
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