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Detroit 10: Metro Detroit Ice Skating Rinks

Posted on Friday, December 19 2014 in Outdoors

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When cold weather blankets the city, Detroiters have two options: They can stay inside and hibernate, or they can make the most of it. We recommend the latter.

If you’ve got what it takes to bundle up and head out in a Michigan winter, ice skating is the perfect afternoon with kids or the romantic activity you’re looking for. A few trips around the rink are bound to keep your blood pumping — a steaming cup of hot cocoa will do the rest.

And don’t worry, we’ve even got a few indoor rinks to choose from if you’re not up for winter weather.

Here are our picks for metro Detroit’s best ice skating rinks*:

*NOTE: Most outdoor ice skating rinks are open weather permitting. It’s always best to call in advance to make sure the rink is open for business, and to confirm whether or not they rent skates.

  1. Campus Martius: By far, the city’s most popular ice rink is the one located at Campus Martius — and it even has a six-foot holiday tree to help you get in the spirit.
    Skate rentals available

  2. Joe Louis Arena: Occasionally, as a thank you to fans, the Detroit Red Wings hockey team will take to the ice for a public open skate. Check redwings.nhl.com for upcoming dates.
    No skate rentals available

  3. Stony Creek Metropark: Much farther north, away from the bustle of the city, the picturesque Stony Creek has a seasonal rink located on Stony Creek Lake near the boat launch, with a warming room and restrooms available.
    No skate rentals available

  4. Kensington Metropark: This Milford metropark welcomes skaters to Kent Lake — even on short winter days when it gets dark early, since the rinks are well-lit in the evenings.
    No skate rentals available

  5. Birmingham Ice Arena: If you’re new to ice skating, you could try signing up for a lesson at the Birmingham Ice Arena, an indoor complex on the Kenning Park property with two separate rinks.
    Skate rentals available

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    Ice skating at Campus Martius Park, Detroit's gathering place

  6. St. Clair Shores Civic Ice Arena: Similarly, the arena in St. Clair Shores offers public skating, lessons, private parties and a Parent and Tot program.
    Skate rentals available

  7. Oak Park Ice Arena: In Oak Park, you can enjoy public skating or drop-in hockey at the home of the Honeybaked Hockey Club.
    No skate rentals available

  8. John Lindell Ice Arena: This Royal Oak arena has plenty of options for open skate for all ages — most days of the week in the winter, in fact.
    Skate rentals available

  9. Your local municipal park: Though skate rentals will typically not be an option, many local communities in metro Detroit invite skaters to use the frozen lakes or ponds on the municipal property when conditions are safe.

  10. Your neighborhood pond: Sure, the easiest way to go ice skating is to head to an “official” rink, but you could have tons of fun at any pond that’s completely frozen. You’d need your own skates and some homemade cocoa to make it happen and, of course, the most important thing to keep in mind is safety.  


Where do you ice skate in metro Detroit?


About the Author: Heidi Tiano is a writer by day and reader by night, born and raised in metro Detroit. On the weekends you’ll find her outdoors — most likely running or biking the tree-lined trails in Oakland and Macomb counties with her husband and German Shepherd mix, Murphy.