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.

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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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! Learn more about Minneapolis outdoor ice rinks.

Armatage ParkLoring Park (WinterSkate)
Bohanon ParkLyndale Farmstead Park
Bryant Square ParkLynnhurst Park
Bryn Mawr Meadows ParkMatthews Park
Hiawatha School ParkMcRae Park
Kenny ParkNorth Commons Park
Lake Hiawatha ParkPearl Park
Lake Nokomis ParkPowderhorn Park
Lake of the Isles ParkSibley Park
Linden Hills ParkVan Cleve Park
Logan ParkWebber Park
Longfellow ParkWindom 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.

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.

Aldine ParkHazel Park
Battle Creek ParkLangford Park
CHS Field (WinterSkate)Linwood Park
Desnoyer ParkNathan Hale Park
Edgcumbe ParkNorth Dale Park
Griggs ParkNorthwest Como Park
Groveland ParkPalace Park
Hayden Heights ParkPhalen Park

 

Wells Fargo WinterSkate – New location for 2019-2020! 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 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 RinkHidden Creek North & East
Crooked Lake Elementary SchoolNordeen’s Park
Hawkridge ParkPrairie 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 ParkRudy Johnson Park
Lincoln Elementary SchoolWilson 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. Learn more about Blaine outdoor ice rinks.

Aurelia ParkLexington Athletic Complex
Austin ParkOstmans Park
Carrara East ParkQuail Creek Park
Deacon’s ParkQuincy Park
Happy Acres ParkXylite 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 ParkNorthport Park
Centennial West ParkRiverdale Park
Evergreen ParkWest Palmer Park
Grandview ParkWillow 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. 4 rinks are maintained for hockey.

Brookdale ParkNorwood Park
Central ParkSunnylane Park
College ParkWillowstone Park
Jewell Park

 

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 CenterThorpe Park
Riverview ParkWintercrest Park
Sand Creek Park

 

Crystal

The City of Crystal maintains and supervises three rinks with outdoor lights and warming houses. One of them, Valley Place Park, also has a sledding hill. Learn more about Crystal outdoor ice rinks.

Becker Park (complete in 2020)Twin Oaks Memorial Park
Iron Horse ParkValley Place Park
North Lions ParkWelcome 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.

Briardale ParkLogan Park
Commons ParkMadsen Park
Flanery ParkRuth Circle Park
Hackmann ParkSpringbrook Park
Hayes ElementarySylvan Hills Park

 

Golden Valley

The City of Golden Valley maintains 6 parks with both general ice skating and hockey rinks plus warming houses. There is also a designated sledding hill at Scheid Park. Learn more about Golden Valley outdoor skating rinks.

Gearty ParkScheid Park
Hampshire ParkSouth Tyrol Park
Lions ParkStockman Park
Medley ParkWesley Park
North Tyrol ParkYosemite Park

 

Maple Grove

The City of Maple Grove maintains eight community skating rink locations with warming shelters and attendants. Three neighborhood rinks offer skating without shelters.

Boundary Creek ParkKerber Playfield
Cedar Island School PlayfieldMaple Grove Middle School Playfield
Donahue North PlayfieldThoresen Special Use Park
Elm Creek School PlayfieldSouth Elm Road Park
Gleason Fields PlayfieldWeaver Lake Playfield
Hidden Meadows Park

 

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. Learn more about Maple Grove Central Park.

 

New Brighton

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

Freedom ParkSunny 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 ParkLions 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.

Bass Lake ParkPlymouth Creek Playfield
LaCompte PlayfieldRidgemount Playfield
Oakwood PlayfieldZachary Playfield

 

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.


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 ParkPlaycrest Park
Four Seasons ParkPleasantview Park
Geranium ParkSunset Ridge Park
Maplewood Heights ParkWakefield Park
Maplecrest ParkWestern Hills Park

 

Oakdale

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

Eastside ParkRichard 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 ParkMapleview Park
Autumn Grove ParkSandcastle Park
Lexington ParkVilla 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.

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 ParkSitzer Park
Bucher ParkShamrock Park
McCullough ParkWilson Park

Vadnais Heights

The City of Vadnais Heights offers outdoor ice skating rinks at two parks, both for general skating and for hockey. Both are lit; Community Park has a warming house.

Community ParkWestfield 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 ParkSpruce Park
Ramaley Park

TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINKS

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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 ParkHagemeister Park
Belmont ParkHayes Park
Briar Oaks ParkHeritage Park
Delaney ParkHayes Park
Faith ParkJohnny Cake Ridge Park West
Farquar ParkPennock Park
Galaxie ParkValley Middle School

Burnsville

The City of Burnsville offers outdoor skating at 13 park, 12 of which have warming houses.

Civic Center ParkRed Oak Park
Highland Forest ParkSouth River Hills Park
Knob Hill ParkTerrace Oaks East Park
Neill ParkTimberland Knolls Park
North River Hills ParkVista View Park
Northview ParkWest 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 SchoolOld Cottage Grove Park
Hamlet ParkPeter Thompson Park
Hearthside ParkPine Tree Valley Park
Highlands ParkWoodridge 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.

Bridle Ridge ParkPilot Knob Park
Burr Oaks ParkRahn Park
Carnelian ParkRidge Cliffe Park
Clearwater ParkSlater Acres Park
Goat Hill ParkSky Hill Park
Highview ParkWoodhaven Park
Lexington Park

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 ParkSouthern Lakes Park
Oakwood ParkSouth 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 ParkWentworth Park
Marie Park

Rosemount

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

Bloomfield ParkJaycee 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.

Colby Lake ParkOjibway Park
HealthEast Sports CenterShawnee 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 ParkOrme Park
Harmon ParkSouthview Park
Haskell ParkWeschcke 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.

Brookside ParkRidgeview Park
Bryant ParkRunning Park
Brye ParkSouthwood Park
Haeg ParkSunrise Park
Kelly ParkTarnhill Park
Oak Grove ParkWestwood 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. Open early December through January 2020.

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.

Crestwood ParkNesbitt Preserve Park
Edenvale ParkPrairie View Park
Forest Hills ParkRound Lake Park
Homeward Hills ParkStaring 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 warming houses. Centennial Lakes Park’s outdoor skating ponds operate on a separate schedule and do not allow hockey.

Arden ParkNormandale Park
Cornelia School ParkPamela Park
Countryside ParkStrachauer Park
Creek Valley ParkTodd Park
Highlands ParkWalnut Ridge Park
Lewis ParkWeber 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 ParkInterlachen Park
Central ParkOakes Park
Harley Hopkins Family CenterValley Park
Hilltop Park

 

Minnetonka

Outdoor ice skating rinks and warming houses are operated at seven Minnetonka parks.

Boulder Creek ParkMcKenzie Park
Covington ParkMeadow Park
Glen Lake SchoolSpring 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 ParkJefferson Park
Christian ParkMadison Park
Donaldson ParkRoosevelt Park
Fremont ParkTaft 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.

Ainsworth ParkJackley Park
Birchwood ParkNelson Park
Browndale ParkOak Hill Park
Center ParkParkview Park
Edgebrook ParkWillow Park
Fern Hill Park

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