This is the last week of the season for the ESP ice skating rink

Empire State Plaza ice rink 2017-Dec Capitol background

An upside of the lingering winter: The season at the Empire State Plaza ice skating rink has been extended another week.

So the last day of the season is now Sunday, March 18. And there will also be another day of free skate rental this Friday, courtesy of Hannaford.

The rink is open seven days a week, 11 am-8 pm (closed 3-4 pm for maintenance) -- weather permitting. (There are updates about the rink status on the ESP events Facebook and Twitter.)

It's free to skate. And skate rentals are $4 / $3 for kids. A photo ID is required for skate rental.

By the way: Our favorite time to go skating at the rink is midweek in the evening. There are often smaller crowds. And it's a fun thing to do to break up the work week.

(Thanks, Julie!)

Earlier: Capital Region Ice Skating

AOA is a sponsor of the ESP ice skating rink.

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