Best Spots to Go Ice Skating in Minneapolis

Yes, winter is a time to wear sweatpants, your favorite fuzzy socks and hunker down with movies and popcorn until the snow starts melting and Daylight Savings Time brings more sunshine into our lives (later sunsets for the win). But in Minneapolis, we refuse to let cold days win. You'll find us spending our time submerged in a multitude of outdoor activities - ice skating included, lacing our skates and testing the waters... on ice! Whether it's a decidedly romantic date night, a family day out or your bi-weekly scheduled fun with friends, there's a frozen park or body of water for you in Minneapolis.

Our Favorite Ice Rinks

Wells Fargo WinterSkate Minneapolis

You'll find the WinterSkate in Loring Park, just on the edge of Downtown Minneapolis. The rink is part of larger events throughout the season, such as Holidazzle, skating lessons and movie skate nights! Skating is free, with complimentary skates available in the warming house on a first come-first serve basis, allowing you to skate under the downtown skyline - a picture worthy of your next holiday card. Open from late November to early March.

Mall of America Skate the Star

Shop 'til you drop because yes, we all need a little retail therapy sometimes. And what else do we need? Time outside. Even in the winter! And the Mall of America has got just the thing. Their outdoor ice rink is perfect for some pre- or post-shopping fun. Skate for free when you bring your own skates, but you won't break the bank with their $5 rentals, all of which goes to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. Open December to early February.

Lake of the Isles

One of five lakes in Minneapolis' Chain of Lakes, Lake of the Isles is one of the more popular ice rinks in the city, and home to the annual Luminary Loppet. On East Lake of the Isles you will find recreational rinks for hockey and broomball lovers while the rest of the frozen lake is perfect for ice skaters of all skill levels! Loaner skates are available on a first come, first served basis. And no need to brave the cold for too long, hop inside the warming house when you need a break! (Lake of the Isles warming house hours vary from other lakes - find more information on Minneapolis Parks and Rec. ice rinks page). While you're already out and about, check out some of our favorite places to dine and spend time in the area

Lake Nokomis

Home to the U.S. Pond  Hockey Championships, Lake Nokomis is the perfect place for exactly that: pond hockey! What's the difference from regular hockey? Well, pond hockey is played on a frozen body of water (lake hockey just doesn't have the same ring to it). And what better way to spend a weekend than getting your BFFs together for a friendly game. Losers buy drinks...maybe? And by drinks we mean hot cocoa. Visit any of the neighborhood hot spots to warm up at before and after the game! (Warming house at Lake Nokomis is only open during pond hockey league games, so bundle up!). 

Linden Hills Park

Not a body of water, but never lacking in ice rink appeal. Yes, Minneapolis has plenty of frozen lakes for all your skating dreams, but we also have a whole lot of parks! Perfect for skating and hockey, Linden Hills Park is just one of many that offer ice rinks for all. From leisurely skating to hockey and broomball, we guarantee there is a park nearby with a rink for your needs.

More Outdoor Ice Rinks

Minneapolis Parks and Lakes

*Ice Safety: For guidelines and safety information regarding lake ice thickness, visit Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Outdoor Ice Rink Season for Parks and Lakes
As soon as ice conditions allow-March 1st, 2020 (weather and ice permitting)

All outdoor ice rink locations have a warming room and offer free loaner skates available on a first come, first served basis. Sizes and quantities vary by location. Bryn Mawr is the only location that does not offer loaner skates.

Warming Room Hours for Parks and Lakes (all except Lake Nokomis, Lake of the Isles and Loring)
Monday–Friday, 3pm–9pm
Saturday, 10am–9pm
Sunday, noon–6pm
In the event of inclement weather (such as heavy snowfall) the warming rooms will be closed

Indoor Ice Rinks

  • Parade Ice Gardenopen hockey, public skating
    Offers locker room, off-street parking, spectator seating and concessions
    Daily: 7:00am – 10:00pm

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