Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks

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: Even if not officially announced, we would expect all outdoor rinks to be officially closed for the season as of March 1, 2021. We recommend calling ahead if in doubt. See you back here in December.

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!

MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINKS

Minneapolis

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! Warming houses and loaner skates are not available during the winter of 2021.Minneapolis rinks will remain open until March 1, 2021, weather and ice permitting As with wading pools, Minneapolis Parks keeps an up-to-date Ice Rink Status Page.

Armatage Park Loring Park
Bohanon Park Lyndale Farmstead Park
Bryant Square Park Lynnhurst Park
Bryn Mawr Meadows Park Matthews Park
Hiawatha School Park McRae Park
Kenny Park North Commons Park
Lake Hiawatha Park Pearl Park
Lake Nokomis Park Powderhorn Park
Lake of the Isles Park Sibley Park
Linden Hills Park Van Cleve Park
Logan Park Webber Park
Longfellow Park 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.

Looking for an inexpensive indoor option? Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis offers indoor open skating at just $3/pp (under 5 FREE) and $2 skate rentals. Please see the website link for schedules.

St Paul

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. Ice Rink Season officially ended March 1, 2021.

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.

TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINKS

Andover

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

Anoka

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

Blaine

The City of Blaine maintains 6 rinks with lights and warming houses and 5 without. Some locations have hockey rinks. Ice rinks and warming houses closed February 28, 2021.

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.

Brooklyn Center

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
Kylawn Park

Brooklyn 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

Columbia Heights

The City of Columbia Heights maintains two outdoor ice rinks at Ostrander Park and McKenna Park (also has a sledding hill).

Coon Rapids

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

*Also has a sledding hill.

Crystal

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.

Becker Park
(completed in 2020)
Valley Place Park
North Lions Park Welcome Park

Fridley

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.

Ice Skate Drive: The city is collecting used and unwanted ice skates to be offered for use at the Commons Park warming house free of charge. Skates can be dropped off at Fridley City Hall and Commons Warming House during open hours.

Briardale Park Logan Park
Commons Park Madsen Park
Flanery Park Ruth Circle Park
Hackmann Park Springbrook Park
Hayes Elementary Sylvan Hills Park

Golden Valley

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.

Maple Grove

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 $6Note: 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.

New Brighton

The City of New Brighton maintains three outdoor ice rinks with warming houses.

Freedom Park Sunny Square Park
Hansen Park

New Hope

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
Liberty Park

Plymouth

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.

Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake Park maintains rinks at three parks from mid-December through mid-February.  Rinks at Able Park & Terrace Park are lit from dusk – 10:00pm daily. Only Able Park offers a warming house.

Able Park Terrace Park
Sanburnol Park

TWIN CITIES NORTHEAST METRO OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINKS

Maplewood

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

Oakdale

The City of Oakdale maintains three public outdoor ice rinks, two of which are supervised and have warming houses.

Eastside Park Richard Walton Park
Northdale Park

Roseville

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.

Outdoor Ice Rinks
Skate the Oval in Roseville

Want an indoor option? The Roseville Skating Center offers ice skating year-round.

Saint Anthony Village

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.  The City of St. Anthony rinks will close at the end of the day on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021.

Central Park Silver Point Park
Emerald Park

Shoreview

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

Vadnais Heights

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.

White Bear Lake

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
Ramaley Park

TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINKS

Outdoor Ice Rinks in Minnesota
We like them skating young in Minnesota

Apple Valley

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

Burnsville

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

Cottage Grove

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

 

Eagan

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.

Inver Grove Heights

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
Skyview Park

Mendota Heights

The City of Mendota Heights maintains three outdoor skating rinks for general skating and hockey with staffed warming houses.

Friendly Hills Park Wentworth Park
Marie Park

Rosemount

The City of Rosemount maintains three outdoor ice rinks with warming houses.

Bloomfield Park Jaycee Park
Central Park

Woodbury

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
Kargel Park

West St Paul

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

TWIN CITIES SOUTHWEST METRO OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINKS

Some rinks allow hockey. Others only pleasure skating.

Bloomington

The city of Bloomington maintains outdoor skating rinks at thirteen park locations. Each has a general rink, hockey rink, warming house and outdoor lights. Ice rink season ended March 1, 2021.

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.

Outdoor Ice Rinks - Skate the Star at Mall of America
Skate the Star at Mall of America

Looking for an indoor skating option? The Bloomington Ice Garden offers year-round ice skating (fees apply).


Eden Prairie

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
Miller Park

Edina

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.

Outdoor Ice Rinks: Centennial Lakes
Daddy-Daughter Date at Centennial Lakes Park

Hopkins

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
Hilltop Park

Minnetonka

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

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

St. Louis 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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    1. That is a really cool idea, Mike – especially this year, with the warm weather and need for distancing. Luckily, the Twin Cities does have a few free and public options open for those of us without the space and resources to build our own. I hope you and your family enjoy your time outdoors this winter!

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