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Park, Top 100 Campgrounds, activities, swimming, beaches, picnic grounds, boat launch, hiking, biking, cross-country ski, Ice skating, ice fishing, Things to Do, Beach, Biking, Boat Rentals, Cabins, Fishing, Sledding, Snowmobiling, X-Country Skiing | Columbia Lake Taghkanic State Park

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  Lake Taghkanic State Park, 1,568-acres in size, is located off the Taconic State Parkway, one mile south of the Hudson - Ancram Exit (Route 82).

"Lake Taghkanic State Park encompasses 1,568 acres of pristine wilderness in New York Stateís Hudson Valley Region. Here you will find many species of flora and fauna that are indigenous to this climate. Elevations within the park range from 500 feet to 930 feet at some of the higher northern ridges. Appalachian oak, hickory, maple, cedar, and hemlock are commonly found throughout the park with spruce and white birch found on the northern slopes. Mammals found in the park include deer, coyotes, beaver, rabbits, squirrels, and raccoons. Lake Taghkanic State Park | Columbia  website and more . . .

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Ice Skating and Ice Hockey in Columbia
Visit this up-to-date list of ice skating rinks in Columbia . Ice skating offers one of the best things to do on a cold day. Both kids and adults find ice skating in the open air invigorating and great exercise. Go to your local indoor or outdoor ice skating rink for family fun during cold winter days. For a great first date or fun family day during the cold days of winter - go ice skating in the park and enjoy a traditional cold weather activity thatís still at the top of the list of Best things to do in winter .

Click to enlarge photo of Ice Skating on park pond.

Click to enlarge photo of Ice skating on park pond. One of the best things to do on a cold winter day is to go ice skating or play ice hockey in the open air. Many parks offer evening skating, so bring a thermos of hot chocolate, your skates, and bundle up for winter fun on the ice.

Ice Skating in Columbia
Ice skating and ice hockey is available at many town parks. Ice Skating outdoors is invigorating and a wonderful experience with some outdoor rinks offering skate rentals, public skating, figure skating, freestyle skating, skating lessons, ice hockey, open hockey, stick time, and birthday parties on the ice.

Both indoor and outdoor skating provide great exercise. Outdoor ice skating offers a wonderful way to enjoy a brisk cold winter day. Before going to your outdoor skating rink in the park, call ahead to be sure the rink is open as outdoor skating rink schedules may change based on weather conditions. You may also want to check if skate rentals, food, drinks, and a warming shelter are available.

Free Winter Things to Do
If your local park has a pond or lake, they may have free ice skating in the winter. Visit a park in Columbia offering ice skating in cold weather. If you have your own skates, ice skating at your local park is an affordable day out and fun for the kids and family. Many local parks do not charge for skating on their frozen lakes and ponds. Check that signs are posted by the town park indicating that it is safe for ice skating; bring a thermos of hot drinks, a few healthy snacks (nuts and seeds are healthy and hold up in all kinds of weather) and have a great time!

To visit an ice skating rink in Columbia, select by name or location in the above list. Before skating, be sure your ice skating experience is safe by reading Important Ice Skating Safety Guidelines offering safety tips for kids and adults.

Select a place to go ice skating from this list of outdoor ice skating rinks in Columbia.
Indoor Ice Skating
Enjoy a longer ice skating and ice hockey season at indoor skating rinks available in Columbia or nearby counties. In addition to times for figure and free style skating, indoor rinks usually offer times for additional activities on the ice. Public sessions and skating camps are often available. For hockey players, both young and adult, many indoor ice skating rinks offer ice hockey sessions, youth hockey camp, and lessons for beginners of all ages.

First Date Ideas
Ice skating is a great idea for a first date. Ice skating is relaxing and fun, gives you a chance to talk over a warm drink of hot chocolate, romantic in outdoor venues in the park, and a good way to break the ice (sorry).

Winter Birthday Party Ideas
One of the best winter birthday party ideas is to plan an ice skating party. Everyone loves outdoor skating surrounded by trees, nature, with a thermos of hot drinks close by. Indoor rinks are also a good way to enjoy a winter birthday party. Many indoor rinks offer special birthday party packages.

Ice Skating Safety Tips include:
  • Do not skate or walk on ice unless a sign is posted by your town Park or Recreation facility designating the ice as a safe-skating area.

  • Never walk on any frozen water or water surface unless official signs are posted as to the safety of these areas.

  • Children should never be left unattended near any ice or frozen water.

  • If you hear cracking while on ice, lie down immediately and try to distribute your weight.

  • Teach your kids to learn how to fall properly to avoid injuries.

  • All hockey skaters should wear proper safety equipment, including helmet, knee and elbow pads.

  • If you witness someone falling through ice, never attempt to make a rescue by yourself. Call for help

  • Do not allow body checking. According to the Centers for Disease Control, ice hockey is the second leading cause of winter sports injury among children, and most injuries are a result of body checking.


  • Learn more about Ice Skating Safety at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh




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