Clove Lakes Park has been my favorite spot in New York City for my whole life. It started when my parents first brought me to feed the ducks, and continues through my adulthood as I have logged countless miles running on the hilly trails, and rented paddle boats on the lake every summer. Even though I now live in another borough, I still make it a priority to visit the park whenever I’m on Staten Island.
This winter, there is plenty of fun to be had at Clove Lakes Park. I love going to the outdoor ice skating rink, where you can see the neighboring lake and wooded hills as you skate. The WWII Ice Skating Rink is currently open for the season until March 18 2018! Skating hours are Friday 4pm to 11pm, Saturday 12pm to 4:30 pm, 7pm to 10 pm, and Sunday 12pm to 7pm. Admission to the rink is $10. You can rent skates for $5. The rink is located on the Southern side of the park on Victory Boulevard.
I also find that the winter is an interesting time to walk on the trails. The bare trees allow for easy bird-watching, and the lake and waterfalls freeze into the most beautiful natural sculptures.
No matter the weather or season, Clove Lakes Park is my favorite place to enjoy the peace of the outdoors.