If watching the Olympics has inspired you to grab your skates and strut your stuff on the ice (that triple axel doesn’t look that hard now, does it?), then have no fear! You can get all the practice you need right here at Harvard.
The Harvard Allston Skating Rink, opened in January, is a temporary addition to the Allston neighborhood that is meant to boost community ties. It is free to students and the public on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Skaters (or aspiring skaters) can bring their own or borrow ice skates there—but the numbers are limited so be warned.
The indoor rink is located on 168 Western Ave, just behind the Business School. It’s just a super-short and easy ride on the 66 bus from Harvard Square Station. Or you can take the Quad shuttle to the stadium and finish with a short walk. If you’re feeling extra sporty, it’s a beautiful stroll along the Charles.
So, strap up those laces and channel that inner Yu-na Kim. Even if gold is a bit out of the reach, ice-skating is an excellent study break.