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Six Amazing Twin Cities Ice Rinks to Try This Winter

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There is nothing more Minnesotan than ice skating in the winter! Whether your family is new to skating or regularly plays pickup pond hockey games, there are endless opportunities to find ice in the Twin Cities. From natural lakes to refrigerated rinks, daytime skates to nighttime glides, and big rinks to winding loops, here are some of our favorite spots to practice your toe loops and slap shots, or at the very least stay upright! And remember, because ice is fickle and many locations rely on frozen temperatures to make their rinks smooth, be sure to check location-specific websites for updates on rink openings.

Groveland Ice Rink | 2021 St. Clair Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55105

Hours: Sun 7 AM-7 PM, Mon-Sat 7 AM-9 PM 

Fees: Skate Rental is FREE. Rental available Mon-Fri 3-9 PM, Sat 9 AM-9 PM, Sun 9 AM-7 PM

This facility, located in the great Mac-Groveland neighborhood is home to five different skating areas here: two hockey rinks, one general rink, a pond hockey rink, and a skating oval. The entire rink is volunteer-run, always free, and has a great warming hut for taking breaks with your family. 

 

Sociable Cider Werks | 1500 Fillmore St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Hours: Fri 2 PM-12 AM

Fees: Skating is FREE. Bring your own equipment. 

One of our favorite Twin Cities cideries hosts curling leagues in the winter and their rink is open on Fridays for open skate. Tasty drinks, mood lighting, DJ, romantic skate–sounds like the perfect date night, right? Word on the street is they have hosted themed dance nights in the past like hits of the 2000s, Taylor Swift (!), and Teenage Angst. I’m calling the babysitter now!

 

Lake Nokomis Ice Skating | 3125 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Hours: Daily, weather permitting. Check updates here

Fees: Skating is FREE. Bring your own equipment. 

Many parks and lakes in the Minneapolis Park System are open for skating fun, weather permitting, but our family’s favorite location is Lake Nokomis. You just can’t beat the view of skating on a wide-open lake. It’s also home to our favorite winter event–the US Pond Hockey Championship. It’s endless entertainment, an exciting atmosphere, and a classic Minnesota experience that can’t be missed. 

 

Central Park Ice Skating Loop | 12000 Central Park Way, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Hours: Daily 10 AM-9 PM 

Fees: Skate Rental is $7.50. 

Come skate the 810-foot long and 20-foot wide trail designed for pleasure skating. The loop has refrigerated ice which means it is open now. Warm up around the fire pits or in the warming hut with a snack. 

 

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photo: Rachel Nevergall

Centennial Lakes Ice Skating | 7499 France Ave. S. Edina, MN 55435

Hours: Sun-Fri Noon-9:30, Sat 10 AM-9:30 

Fees: Skate Rental $8, located inside Hughes Pavilion by the parking lot. 

 

Centennial Lakes Park consists of three main groomed ponds connected by winding canals giving it that magical skating experience. Nestled in between buildings, the lights at night make it especially cozy and special for a winter activity. Snacks are available in the warming hut. 

 

Guidant John Rose Oval | 2661 Civic Center Drive, Roseville MN 55113

Hours: Public skate hours change daily so check the website for the schedule.  

Fees: Admission is $8, and skate rental is $5. 

The Guidant John Rose MN Oval in Roseville is the largest outdoor refrigerated skating facility in North America, making this a great option no matter the weather. Four laps around the Oval is one mile which means there is plenty of room for all to twirl on the ice. 

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