An early escape from the office to The Rink at Thompson’s Point to ice skate turned into a surprising and wonderful way to end a work day. The surprise? Watching the beautiful sunset over Thompson’s Point.
You’ve likely heard some buzz about the new outdoor skating venue this winter – the rink, the yurt serving the 21-plus crowd and the food truck. Now you’ll want to know the specifics.
Here are a few things you might want to know before you visit.
The signage is plentiful once you turn onto Thompson’s Point Road from Fore River Parkway in Portland. The road around the bus station and into an industrial area and unpaved parking lot/path is what my daughter described as “a little sketchy.” But once you round the big empty warehouse you’ll see the new yurt and lovely rink beyond it. Get Google map directions.
The Rink has “sessions” offered in two- to three-hour intervals every day. On weekdays the sessions start at 3 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays they start at 10 a.m. Check the website for a full schedule.
It’s $8 per session, which can make it pricey if you have a couple of kids in tow. But if you’re only paying for one ticket, it’s a great way to spend an hour or two (and watch the sunset. I’m kinda stuck on that feature.)
My daughter and I had our own figure skates, so we didn’t rent at The Rink, and I can’t attest to their comfort or blade sharpness. What I can say is that the only option for rentals is hockey skates. Novice skaters will not care much about this, but those who have done a lot of skating on figure skate blades, take note and bring your own if you have them.
They have a Zamboni and clean the ice after every session. My daughter is a Zamboni ice kinda gal, so the smooth ice was very appealing to her.
The yurt-style warming hut, complete with gas fireplace and card games to borrow from the bar, is quite cozy. So is the glass-walled warming hut overlooking the rink. The yurt has a bar, which opens around 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sundays, it usually opens around noon and closes when the rink does. There is also a food truck, PB&ME, offering snacks and warm (non-alcoholic) drinks. I was told it is generally open Thursday to Sunday with hours that vary by day. Check website for details. They also have a couple of porta-potty by the rink and a bathroom behind the yurt.
If you’re looking for a way to embrace the cold, get some exercise and take in a beautiful view, this is a can’t-miss destination for you this winter. Watch a cold day turn into night – while you stay warm on skates – in brilliant colors over the Fore River.