Whether a seasoned ice skater or a beginner, local rinks in the area offer a variety of options for those looking to do some skating this season. Many places offer an open skate, which is available for the public at specified times. Those hoping to learn the Biellmann spin or an arabesque are in luck, as most locations offer lessons taught by professional instructors. Lace up those skates, step onto the ice and glide away at any of the rinks in the Detroit area.
Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
Majestic skyscrapers surround the ice skating rink at Campus Martius. This outdoor rink is located on the north lawn of the idyllic little park that sits in the exact center of the city. Glistening lights that sparkle in the daytime and dazzle at night outline the park throughout the winter. A tiny eatery is adjacent to the rink, and serves hot chocolate and delectable treats to warm up chilly skaters. Skate rental is available on site. A spectacular tree is displayed throughout the holiday season and a winter festival features ice sculptures, snow sports and, of course, ice skating.
St. Clair Shores Civic Arena
20000 Stephens St.
Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
The St. Clair Shores Civic Arena is an enclosed rink that is open for ice skating throughout the year. There are a vast amount of programs and events held at the arena, including a parent and child ice skating or ice hockey session, hockey leagues for adults and open skating. The public is invited to take to the ice and glide for fun and health. The ice rink is open to interested skaters every weekend from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a large part of the year, with summer open skate sessions held on Saturdays only.
Ann Arbor Ice Cube
2121 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
This multi-purpose ice arena features three different skating surfaces, including an Olympic-sized ice sheet and two NHL-sized ice sheets. Up to 1,000 spectators can fit inside this ice and fitness structure, which is open throughout the year. The arena offers an open skate, and the public is welcome to attend. Lessons are available for ice skaters of almost any ability range, and this rink is also the perfect place to practice a flawless figure eight or to play an energizing game of hockey. Please confirm the public skate schedule to determine availability.
16096 Essex Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
From ice skating and sledding to cross-country skiing, Patterson Park has a great variety of wintertime activities available for the community to enjoy. The Hutton Ice Rink is a wonderful place to ice skate in a natural setting. This outdoor rink usually opens for the season around the Thanksgiving holiday, and the rink is kept in tip-top shape throughout the winter. In addition to the public open skate sessions, classes are offered by instructors. A charming lodge on the premises offers treats like hot chocolate, brownies and other goodies which will certainly warm up frosty fingers and toes.
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Dearborn Ice Skating Center
14900 Ford Road
Dearborn, MI 48126
The Dearborn Ice Skating Center has a large amount of activities available to those who love ice skating and sports. This over 1,500-seat ice arena features an open skate, where beginners and those training for Olympic gold can practice gliding across the ice. The building also hosts local hockey games for high school players and is the home base for the local figure skating club. Figure skating lessons are available and the arena can be rented for skating parties. Please note that the public skating schedule changes frequently, so please call ahead to confirm.
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