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Where to ice-skate in the Boston area for virtually free

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Editor’s note: This map was updated from one that last ran in November 2016.

'Tis that time of year again: ice-skating season. To speed you along your next bladed path, we have mapped 14 rinks in the Boston region that will be open by the end of December.

The state-, city-, and privately-owned rinks are free or close to it, but skate rentals and other incidentals will likely incur fees ($5 appears to be the going rate for skates at most of these).

Check the websites or call the phone numbers contained herein to find hours. And get at us if we’re missing any particularly choice spots.

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Jim Roche Community Arena

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The privately run rink has deals on public skating and hockey.

Skate rentals can be had for $5.

Ed Burns Arena Skating Rink

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This indoor ice facility is open to the public during the months of August through April, according to Arlington's website.

It includes a regulation-size rink with spectator seating for 1,000.

Daly Rink

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Daly Rink offers 15 hours of public skating weekly, according to its website.

During public skating, the ice is resurfaced every hour on the hour.

Reilly Memorial Rink

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Skate rentals are only $5 on the weekends here, according to the website of the state-run facility.

Bajko Memorial Rink

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The state-owned-and-operated rink does not offer skate rentals—bring your own.

Veterans Memorial Rink

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Call ahead or check the website to find public-skating hours and rental rates.

Kelly Outdoor Rink

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Skate rentals at this state-maintained rink are just $2 daily—but hours are weather-dependent and the rink is not open until mid-December.

Simoni Skating Rink

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Public skating is $5 at this privately run facility and skate rentals are also $5.

Emmons Horrigan O'Neill Memorial Rink

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This is the primary practice and locker room facility for the Suffolk University hockey team, according to a school website.

But, since the state owns and operates the facility, it's also open to the public. Weekend skate rentals are only $5.

Boston Common Frog Pond

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The ridiculously popular option in America’s oldest public park has been open since November 14.

Check for rates and times (most kids get in free).

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Steriti Memorial Rink

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Skate rentals are $5 at this state-owned-and-operated facility.

Devine Memorial Rink

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This is a state-owned-and-operated rink where skate rentals on the weekend are just $5.

Murphy Memorial Skating Rink

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The state-maintained rink is free to use.

Call about hours and skate rental rates.

Porrazzo Skating Rink

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The privately run rink has deals on public skating (and hockey) as well as gear. Try $5 for skate rentals and $5 to skate.

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Jim Roche Community Arena

The privately run rink has deals on public skating and hockey.

Skate rentals can be had for $5.

Ed Burns Arena Skating Rink

This indoor ice facility is open to the public during the months of August through April, according to Arlington's website.

It includes a regulation-size rink with spectator seating for 1,000.

Daly Rink

Daly Rink offers 15 hours of public skating weekly, according to its website.

During public skating, the ice is resurfaced every hour on the hour.

Reilly Memorial Rink

Skate rentals are only $5 on the weekends here, according to the website of the state-run facility.

Bajko Memorial Rink

The state-owned-and-operated rink does not offer skate rentals—bring your own.

Veterans Memorial Rink

Call ahead or check the website to find public-skating hours and rental rates.

Kelly Outdoor Rink

Skate rentals at this state-maintained rink are just $2 daily—but hours are weather-dependent and the rink is not open until mid-December.

Simoni Skating Rink

Public skating is $5 at this privately run facility and skate rentals are also $5.

Emmons Horrigan O'Neill Memorial Rink

This is the primary practice and locker room facility for the Suffolk University hockey team, according to a school website.

But, since the state owns and operates the facility, it's also open to the public. Weekend skate rentals are only $5.

Boston Common Frog Pond

Maxim Gorishniak/Shutterstock.com

The ridiculously popular option in America’s oldest public park has been open since November 14.

Check for rates and times (most kids get in free).

Maxim Gorishniak/Shutterstock.com

Steriti Memorial Rink

Skate rentals are $5 at this state-owned-and-operated facility.

Devine Memorial Rink

This is a state-owned-and-operated rink where skate rentals on the weekend are just $5.

Murphy Memorial Skating Rink

The state-maintained rink is free to use.

Call about hours and skate rental rates.

Porrazzo Skating Rink

The privately run rink has deals on public skating (and hockey) as well as gear. Try $5 for skate rentals and $5 to skate.