This weekend will be 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, too warm or too snowy.
If you don’t see your city below, my apologies in advance. Please contact us to have yours added to the list or leave the information in the comments. Thanks, and enjoy your outdoor rec time!
Inver Grove Heights
Free outdoor ice skating rinks with beautiful backdrops:
- Wells Fargo WinterSkate, St Paul | Skate with a backdrop of a lit-up Rice Park or even the Winter Carnival! Skating is free for all, $4 skate rental for non-WF customers or bring your own. Free skating lessons offered select dates in January.
- Minneapolis WinterSkate, Loring Park | Now through early March, the refrigerated rink hosts free skating daily plus a good supply of free loaner skates.
- Central Park Ice Skating Loop, Maple Grove | 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.
- Skate the Star at Mall of America | Bloomington | Skating is free; bring your own skates or rental benefit the Boys & Girls Club. Open Dec 8-Jan 27, 2019.
- Centennial Lakes Park | Edina | 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.
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