Newport Skates reopens for season in Jersey City, NJ

Don’t feel like schlepping to NYC to fulfill your ice-skating requirements? Good news is just a stone’s throw away from Hoboken!

Newport Skates, Jersey City’s only outdoor, uncovered ice skating rink, has officially re-opened for winter at 95 River Drive (map). I’m hoping you can help spread the word to the community. Have you ever been to the rink in Newport?

Anyone can skate for $7.00/day, and skates can be rented for $6.00/pair. Newport Skates also offers lessons, deals on season passes and group rates for parties or exclusive use.

The rink will be open through March on:

  • Weekdays from 4pm to 9pm
  • Saturdays from 11am to 9pm
  • Sundays from 11am to 7pm

More information can be found at www.newportskates.com, or by calling 201-626-7465.

411 Note: They’re also planning a FREE skate event mid-January with carnival-themed food and activities, all to raise money for a Hurricane Sandy-related charity – so stay tuned for updates!

Newport Skates in Jersey City, NJ

12/4/2007:

Since I don’t ice skate, a kind Hoboken411 reader supplied this review for the recently opened “Newport Skates” ice skating rink just on the other side of Hoboken’s southern border. Thanks!

“Good evening, 411!

I recently spent nearly the whole day at the Newport Skates Ice Rink. We got there at 1:30 p.m. and left at 6:30. Here’s an overview:

The Newport Ice Rink rink is a little larger than Hoboken’s ice rink that was temporarily installed over the Little League Field a couple years ago. It’s about 1/4 the size of a regulation rink. The view wasn’t as spectacular as Hoboken’s, since the Holland Tunnel vent building is blocking much of the NYC view. But, Hoboken doesn’t have an ice rink anymore, so the point is moot.

It is located at 95 River Ave, right in front of the Holland Tunnel vent building.

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On weekends, it’s $6 admission whether or not you have skates, and $5 daily, including skate rentals.

The rink wasn’t crowded probably because the weather was cold and no one really knows about it yet. I recognized 12 kids from Hoboken skating around.

There was no food available there, except for a hot chocolate machine which also served coffee and mocha drinks. If you’re hungry or thirsty, a Duane Reade is across the street. Free lockers are provided (about 30) but you have to bring your own lock. Otherwise, it’s the honor system. They were playing classic Christmas carols with a good sound system mounted high on a light pole.

The skate rental and rest area is brand new and smells like fresh vinyl and paint. The rental skates are new and are the same hockey style for everyone. Maybe they’re a hybrid, I don’t know, I brought my own. There is some seating, but I think they need more. They’ll work out the kinks.

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It was an interesting mix of people. Young couples, tons of kids, and a rough crowd peppered in. What’s cool is the rough-looking element can’t skate very well, so they’re not as intimidating. Everyone was having fun.

The ice is managed well and they have a Zamboni, which came out three times while I was there. The staff are friendly and professional. A problem is the parking. There isn’t any. One Hoboken local got a $42 ticket. Next time I’m going to try the PATH to Pavonia or park at the Newport Mall.

If you’re a skater, it will really be a fun day. I highly recommend it.

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