Mid-December means opening weekend for many of the Twin Cities-area outdoor ice rinks and we’re sure, as hardy Minnesotans ourselves, that you’re dying to strap on your skates and hustle the kids out to the rinks! That’s why we’ve rounded up this list of local places to skate –and, as nearly all are located in city parks, there’s no charge for the skating. Find your city below and click through to get the latest rink hours, directions, warming house information, and numbers to call for rink conditions. We highly recommend signing up for notifications from your favorite cities. Rinks close when it is too cold (typically an air temperature of -10F or wind chill index -20F or colder), too warm, or too snowy.
Note: With a couple of weeks of colder weather in December, rinks are beginning to open during the last two weeks of the months. We recommend checking in with your favorite park system before heading out if you are in doubt.
If you don’t see your city below, please contact us to have yours added to the list or leave the information in the comments. Thanks, and enjoy your outdoor rec time!
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The city of Minneapolis maintains outdoor ice rinks at 24 parks. Nearly all locations provide warming shelters and free loaner skates available on a first come, first served basis. Many offer separate spaces for general skating and recreational uses such as hockey and broomball. You can even skate on three Minneapolis lakes! As with wading pools, Minneapolis Parks keeps an up-to-date Ice Rink Status Page. Warming houses and loaner skates are not available during the winter of 2021.
|Armatage Park||Loring Park (Closed 20/21)|
|Bohanon Park – Opened as of 1/5/21||Lyndale Farmstead Park – Opened as of 1/5/21|
|Bryant Square Park (Closed 20/21)||Lynnhurst Park|
|Bryn Mawr Meadows Park (Closed 20/21)||Matthews Park|
|Hiawatha School Park – Opened as of 1/5/21||McRae Park Open for Hockey as of 1/5/21|
|Kenny Park (Closed 20/21)||North Commons Park – Opened as of 1/5/21|
|Lake Hiawatha Park – Opened as of 1/5/21||Pearl Park – Opened as of 1/5/21|
|Lake Nokomis Park||Powderhorn Park (Closed 20/21)|
|Lake of the Isles Park – Opened as of 1/5/21||Sibley Park – Opened as of 1/5/21|
|Linden Hills Park||Van Cleve Park (Closed 20/21)|
|Logan Park||Webber Park (Closed 20/21)|
|Longfellow Park – Opened as of 1/5/21||Windom Northeast Park|
Minneapolis WinterSkate – Loring Park hosts a free outdoor ice skating rink that opens with the annual Holidazzle festival. It’s especially fun to skate during the festival when the holiday lights and tunes are up and running. Weather permitting, WinterSkate is open through early March. The refrigerated rink offers skating daily plus a good supply of free loaner skates. WINTERSKATE WILL BE TAKING A BREAK WINTER 2020-2021.
The city of St Paul maintains 15 general outdoor ice skating rinks, many neighborhood hockey rinks and three refrigerated hockey rinks. Most have lighting and warming house facilities. WINTERSKATE IS TAKING A BREAK FOR 2020-2021. The City of St. Paul hopes to open refrigerated rinks by 12/31/20 and natural rinks in the first two weeks of January.
|Aldine Park||Hazel Park|
|Battle Creek Park||Langford Park|
|CHS Field (WinterSkate)||Linwood Park|
|Desnoyer Park||Nathan Hale Park|
|Edgcumbe Park||North Dale Park|
|Griggs Park||Northwest Como Park|
|Groveland Park||Palace Park|
|Hayden Heights Park||Phalen Park|
Wells Fargo WinterSkate – WinterSkate has moved to CHS Field downtown early December through late February. Skating is still free for all; skate rental is available for $5 (free for WF cardholders, must present card.) Free skating lessons are offered select Saturdays throughout the season.
Looking for a free indoor option? Free open skating for all ages is available at Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena and in St Paul starting early November. Skate rental is available for $5/pair.
Warming houses, rink attendants and hockey rinks are featured at four of the locations in the City of Andover. Prairie Knoll Park also has a lit sledding hill.
|City Hall Outdoor Rink||Hidden Creek North & East|
|Crooked Lake Elementary School||Nordeen’s Park|
|Hawkridge Park||Prairie Knoll Park|
In the City of Anoka, each location has an ice skating rink, hockey rink and warming house. George Enloe Park also has 2 lit sledding hills, one created for younger children.
|George Enloe Park||Rudy Johnson Park|
|Lincoln Elementary School||Wilson Elementary School|
|Rick Sorenson Park|
The City of Blaine maintains 6 rinks with lights and warming houses and 5 without. Some locations have hockey rinks. 2021 warming houses are operating at 25% capacity.
|Aurelia Park||Lexington Athletic Complex|
|Austin Park||Ostmans Park|
|Carrara East Park||Quail Creek Park|
|Deacon’s Park||Quincy Park|
|Happy Acres Park||Xylite Park|
|Ivy Hills Park|
Looking for an indoor skating option? The National Sports Center in Blaine is home to Schwan’s Super Rink and the public is welcome to come during open skate hours. Daytime skating is $3/pp, evening skating is $4 with skate rental available for just $3.
Some Brooklyn Park parks feature both skating and hockey rinks. Only two have warming houses; please see the website for locations.
|Bellvue Park||Northport Park|
|Centennial West Park||Riverdale Park|
|Evergreen Park||West Palmer Park|
|Grandview Park||Willow Lane Park|
Central Park has two rinks with a supervised warming house open evening and weekend hours. It also features a sledding hill. Four rinks are maintained for hockey. See the city’s Winter Activities PDF for more information.
|Brookdale Park||Edinbrook Park|
|Central Park||Monroe Park|
|College Park||Willowstone Park|
The City of Coon Rapids maintains 5 regulation outdoor hockey rinks and 4 open skating rinks including a seasonal outdoor rink at Coon Rapids Ice Center. There are warming houses at the rinks.
|Coon Rapids Ice Center||Thorpe Park|
|Riverview Park||Wintercrest Park|
|Sand Creek Park|
The City of Crystal maintains and supervises four rinks with outdoor lights and warming houses. One of them, Valley Place Park, also has a sledding hill. No warming houses in 2020/2021 season and are limited to 15 people or 3 households.
(completed in 2020)
|Valley Place Park|
|North Lions Park||Welcome Park|
The City of Fridley maintains 10 ice skating rinks and 5 hockey rinks in city parks. There is one warming house facility located at Commons Park.
|Briardale Park||Logan Park|
|Commons Park||Madsen Park|
|Flanery Park||Ruth Circle Park|
|Hackmann Park||Springbrook Park|
|Hayes Elementary||Sylvan Hills Park|
The City of Golden Valley maintains 6 parks with both general ice skating and hockey rinks plus warming houses, plus for more general rinks without warming houses. There is also a designated sledding hill at Scheid Park. Open 12/31/2020 – No Warming Houses available.
|Gearty Park (Closed**)||Scheid Park|
|Hampshire Park||South Tyrol Park*|
|Lions Park||Stockman Park*|
|Medley Park||Wesley Park|
|North Tyrol Park*||Yosemite Park*|
*No warming house or hockey at this rink.
**The Gearty Park Rinks are currently closed due to a water main break.
The City of Maple Grove maintains ten community skating rinks. Eight locations have warming shelters and attendants. Thoreson Special Use Park offers skating without shelters. Warming houses are dependent on current restrictions.
|Boundary Creek Park||Kerber Playfield|
|Cedar Island School Playfield||Maple Grove Middle School Playfield|
|Donahue North Playfield||Thoresen Special Use Park|
|Elm Creek School Playfield||Weaver Lake Playfield|
|Gleason Fields Playfield|
Central Park Ice Skating Loop – Skate a leisurely serpentine loop illuminated at night and in close proximity to a roaring fireplace in the adjacent indoor pavilion. Skating is free, bring your own skates
or rent a pair for $6. Note: Beginning Friday, December 11t, 2020, reservations will be required for both spectators and skaters at the Loop. Make Reservations Here. The warming house is closed and concessions and skate rentals are unavailable.
The City of New Brighton maintains three outdoor ice rinks with warming houses.
|Freedom Park||Sunny Square Park|
Ice rinks with warming houses are maintained at three New Hope parks. Each park has both hockey and general skating rinks.
|Hidden Valley Park||Lions Park|
The City of Plymouth maintains outdoor ice rinks at seven parks. Some locations have lit rinks, rinks designated for hockey, and warming houses. Learn more about Plymouth outdoor ice rinks. No warming houses in the 2020/2021 season.
|Bass Lake Park||Plymouth Creek Playfield|
|LaCompte Playfield||Ridgemount Playfield|
|Oakwood Playfield||Zachary Playfield|
|Hilde Performance Center|
Millenium Garden Pond – Located within the city’s beautiful Plymouth Creek Center, the pond transforms into a public ice skating rink during the month of January. Learn more about Plymouth Creek Center.
The City of Maplewood offers 10 parks where general ice skating and hockey are available in the winter.
|Afton Heights Park||Playcrest Park|
|Four Seasons Park||Pleasantview Park|
|Geranium Park||Sunset Ridge Park|
|Maplewood Heights Park||Wakefield Park|
|Maplecrest Park||Western Hills Park|
The City of Oakdale maintains three public outdoor ice rinks, two of which are supervised and have warming houses.
|Eastside Park||Richard Walton Park|
The City of Roseville maintains outdoor ice rinks at six parks, several of which have warming houses and user-controlled lights.
|Acorn Park||Mapleview Park|
|Autumn Grove Park||Sandcastle Park|
|Lexington Park||Villa Park|
Guidant John Rose MN OVAL – The OVAL is the largest outdoor refrigerated skating rink in North America. Skate outdoors November to March ($7/pp, skate rental available for $5). The rink is typically decorated with lights during the holiday season and is a beautiful place to skate outdoors.
Want an indoor option? The Roseville Skating Center offers ice skating year-round.
Saint Anthony Villages maintains three outdoor pleasure skating rinks with supervised warming houses. All of the locations also have hockey rinks. Weekdays 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays & school release days 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
|Central Park||Silver Point Park|
The City of Shoreview maintains six outdoor skating rinks with supervised warming houses. All of the locations have lighted hockey and general skating rinks.
|Bobby Theisen Park||Sitzer Park|
|Bucher Park||Shamrock Park|
|McCullough Park||Wilson Park|
The City of Vadnais Heights offeirs outdoor ice skating rinks at two parks, both for general skating and for hockey. Both are lit; Community Park has a warming house.
|Community Park||Westfield Park|
Looking for a free indoor option? Free open skating for all ages is available at Vadnais Sports Center starting in early November. Skate rental is available for $5/pair.
The City of White Bear Lake maintains outdoor ice rinks for general skating at three community parks, two of which have staffed warming houses.
|Podvin Park||Spruce Park|
The City of Apple Valley offers general skating rinks at 14 community parks. Some locations have a hockey rink with nets and lights and several warming houses.
|Apple Valley East Park||Hagemeister Park|
|Belmont Park||Hayes Park|
|Briar Oaks Park||Heritage Park|
|Delaney Park||Hayes Park|
|Faith Park||Johnny Cake Ridge Park West|
|Farquar Park||Pennock Park|
|Galaxie Park||Valley Middle School|
The City of Burnsville offers outdoor skating at 13 park, 12 of which have warming houses. The city expects to be ready toward the last week of December 2020.
|Civic Center Park||Red Oak Park|
|Highland Forest Park||South River Hills Park|
|Knob Hill Park||Terrace Oaks East Park|
|Neill Park||Timberland Knolls Park|
|North River Hills Park||Vista View Park|
|Northview Park||West Buck Hill Park|
|Paha Sapa Park|
The City of Cottage Grove maintains eight outdoor skating rinks and warming houses during the winter season.
|Armstrong Elementary School||Old Cottage Grove Park|
|Hamlet Park||Peter Thompson Park|
|Hearthside Park||Pine Tree Valley Park|
|Highlands Park||Woodridge Park|
The City of Eagan maintains outdoor skating rinks at 13 parks, eight of which feature rinks just for hockey. 10 of the rinks are lighted and five have warming houses. Weather Hotline: 651-675-5511.
Eagan Ice Rinks are scheduled to open for the season on Saturday, December 19, 2020, weather permitting.
|Bridle Ridge Park*||Lexington Park|
|Bur Oaks Park||Pilot Knob Park|
|Carnelian Park||Rahn Park*|
|Clearwater Park**||Ridge Cliffe Park|
|Goat Hill Park*||Sky Hill Park*|
|Highview Park||Woodhaven Park|
*These sites include staffed buildings and lights.
**Family skating site. No hockey allowed. Building is staffed on weekends. User activated lights.
The City of Inver Grove Heights operates outdoor skating rinks at five community parks, three of which feature warming houses. South Valley Park also offers a sledding hill.
|Groveland Park||Southern Lakes Park|
|Oakwood Park||South Valley Park|
The City of Mendota Heights maintains three outdoor skating rinks for general skating and hockey with staffed warming houses.
|Friendly Hills Park||Wentworth Park|
The City of Rosemount maintains three outdoor ice rinks with warming houses.
|Bloomfield Park||Jaycee Park|
The City of Woodbury operates four warming houses at select outdoor skating rinks. The HealthEast Sports Center refrigerated outdoor rink is also free of charge; please check the website for scheduled events. Woodbury reminds skaters that its stormwater ponds are not safe for ice skating.
|Colby Lake Park||Ojibway Park|
|HealthEast Sports Center||Shawnee Park|
The City of West St Paul maintains outdoor ice rinks and staffed warming houses for general skating at six parks. Three of the parks also have designated hockey rinks.
|Dodd Park||Orme Park|
|Harmon Park||Southview Park|
|Haskell Park||Weschcke Park|
The city of Bloomington maintains outdoor skating rinks at thirteen park locations. Each has a general rink, hockey rink, warming house and outdoor lights.
|Brookside Park||Ridgeview Park|
|Bryant Park||Running Park|
|Brye Park||Southwood Park|
|Haeg Park||Sunrise Park|
|Kelly Park||Tarnhill Park|
|Oak Grove Park||Westwood Park|
|Poplar Bridge Park|
Skate the Star at Mall of America – Skating is free; bring your own skates or rental benefit the Boys & Girls Club. A drivers license, state ID card or $20 deposit is required for skate rental. SKATE THE STAR IS TAKING A BREAK FOR WINTER 2020-2021.
- Skate the Star at Mall of America
Looking for an indoor skating option? The Bloomington Ice Garden offers year-round ice skating (fees apply).
The City of Eden Prairie maintains public outdoor ice rinks at 9 parks. Each location has outdoor lights and a staffed warming house. Staring Lake Park also has a steep sledding hill that is good for older children. Eden Prairie Rinks will open January 1, 2021. Warming houses will open will guidelines allow.
|Crestwood Park||Nesbitt Preserve Park|
|Edenvale Park||Prairie View Park|
|Forest Hills Park||Round Lake Park|
|Homeward Hills Park||Staring Lake Park|
Each of the twelve community parks operated by the City of Edina has both a pleasure skating rink and a hockey rink. They all have staffed warming houses. Rinks are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m.to 9:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 o,n, to 8 p.m. Centennial Lakes Park’s outdoor skating ponds operate on a separate schedule and do not allow hockey. Edina Rinks will Open December 26, 2020 weather permitting.
|Arden Park||Normandale Park|
|Cornelia School Park||Pamela Park|
|Countryside Park||Strachauer Park|
|Creek Valley Park||Todd Park|
|Highlands Park||Walnut Ridge Park|
|Lewis Park||Weber Park|
Centennial Lakes Park – Our pick for the coolest outdoor skating in the Twin Cities. Skate free (rentals available) around the ponds and the canals that connect them, then warm up by the fireplace with hot chocolate from the pavilion’s concession stand. Learn more about all the fun year-round activities at Centennial Lakes Park.
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Outdoor ice skating rinks and warming houses (except for Hilltop Park) are operated at seven Hopkins parks. Five have designated hockey rinks.
|Burnes Park||Interlachen Park|
|Central Park||Oakes Park|
|Harley Hopkins Family Center||Valley Park|
Outdoor ice skating rinks and warming houses are operated at seven Minnetonka parks.
|Boulder Creek Park||McKenzie Park|
|Covington Park||Meadow Park|
|Glen Lake School||Spring Hill Park|
|Gro Tonka Park|
Richfield maintains eight outdoor ice rinks with two warming house locations open on alternating days. Five of the parks have hockey rinks, all are lit until 9pm.
|Augsburg Park||Jefferson Park|
|Christian Park||Madison Park|
|Donaldson Park||Roosevelt Park|
|Fremont Park||Taft Park|
The city of St Louis Park operates outdoor ice rinks at eleven parks. Amenities include general ice rinks, hockey rinks, lights and warming houses. Please see the website for details.
In 2020, weather permitting, skating will be open from December 18th through 22nd and again from January 4th through February 14th. The the St. Louis Park website for hours and special holiday and release days.
|Ainsworth Park||Jackley Park|
|Birchwood Park||Nelson Park|
|Browndale Park||Oak Hill Park|
|Center Park||Parkview Park|
|Edgebrook Park||Willow Park|
|Fern Hill Park|
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