Our Favorite Ice Rinks
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.
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.
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!
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!).
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
- Armatage Park
- Bohanon Park
- Bryant Square Park
- Bryn Mawr Meadows Park
- Hiawatha School Park
- Kenny Park
- Lake Hiawatha Park
- Lake Nokomis Park
- Lake of the Isles*
- Logan Park
- Longfellow Park
- Loring Park
- Lyndale Farmstead Park
- Lynnhurst Park
- Matthews Park
- McRae Park
- North Commons Park
- Pearl Park
- Powderhorn Park*
- Sibley Park
- Van Cleve Park
- Webber Park
- Windom Northeast Park
*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)
In the event of inclement weather (such as heavy snowfall) the warming rooms will be closed
Indoor Ice Rinks
- Northeast Ice Arena: group hockey and skating rentals
Group rentals available by reservation only
Few public skating opportunities
- Parade Ice Garden: open hockey, public skating
Offers locker room, off-street parking, spectator seating and concessions
Daily: 7:00am – 10:00pm