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Best Ice Skating Spots In The Twin Cities

December 29, 2010 1:19 PM

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(credit: City of Plymouth)

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Let’s face it — in Minnesota, half of us are practically born on the ice. Whether it’s learning how to skate by pushing a chair along a frozen lake or having a slippery end to a snowy tubing ride, the ice — and the skating opportunities — here are endless.

Yes, we are the land of 10,000 lakes, so it only makes sense that we’d be the land of thousands of skating spots. Whether outdoor scenery is your thing or you’re more geared for indoor warmth, here in Minnesota, we’ve got you covered.

Check out a few of our top spots — whether you’re kicking it like Kristi Yamaguchi or taking a slap shot a la Wayne Gretsky.

The Depot

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The Depot

225 3rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55401

In terms of the breathtaking views of downtown and the romantic setting of this indoor ice arena, you can’t get much better than The Depot for a night of triple axels and sit spins. Our Minneapolis ice rink has even been named the top ten best in America by USA Today and MSNBC. The views from the inside are as great as the outside with gorgeous glass walls and the metal beams of the historic train shed of decades past. Check the website for hours and rates.

bloomington ice Best Ice Skating Spots In The Twin Cities

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Bloomington Ice Garden

3600 W. 98th St.
Bloomington, MN 55431
The Bloomington Ice Garden, also lovingly referred to as BIG, offers skaters of all levels three different rinks, including an Olympic-sized rink. The rinks are open for public skating but they also offer adult open hockey, developmental ice hockey skill training, pond hockey and a skate school. Open skating varies, check the website for more information and rates.

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Plymouth Ice Center

3650 Plymouth Blvd.
Plymouth, MN 55446-3201

The Plymouth Ice Center, a part of the Life Time Fitness center, features three sheets of ice in two sizes, one Olympic-sized and two professional-sized. Figure skaters will enjoy the addition of a mirrored room with ballet bars for perfecting those graceful moves. Open skating varies, so check the website. Rates typically range from $3 (for students and seniors) to $5 for adult open hockey.

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Wells Fargo WinterSkate

Landmark Plaza, W. 5th and Market Sts.
St. Paul, MN

The city of St. Paul and Wells Fargo come together to present a skating experience like none other. The views of downtown St. Paul and urban setting of the historic buildings surround this free, outdoor skating rink. The winter rink season ends Feb. 6, 2011. Check the website for special events and open skate times.

Schwan Super Rink

1700 105th Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55449

Big enough to be called super — the National Sports Center Schwan Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind, not only in Minnesota, not only in America but in the world. The facility has eight sheets of ice all under one roof. Check out the Hat Trick for the best of concessions and visit the website for open skate times.

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Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval

2661 Civic Center Drive
Roseville, MN 55113

Whether you enjoy the outdoor atmosphere or the indoor warmth for your skating needs, the Roseville Skating Center has you covered. The OVAL invites skaters of all kinds to enjoy the winter wonderland as you skate atop a snowy hill surrounded by perfect pines. The ice arena invites all skating enthusiasts and offers open hockey, public skating and even lessons galore. Check the website for times and rates.

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Lake of the Isles

2500 Lake Isles Pkwy.
Minneapolis, MN

At the Lake of the Isles Park, Minnesotans can enjoy ice skating, hockey activities and even a New Years party complete with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. The park is part of the Chain of Lakes Regional Park system and is always full of skaters enjoying the “engineered lake.” The outdoor rink is open until Feb. 15.

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Braemar Arena

7501 Ikola Way
Edina, MN 55439

Braemar has been a popular destination for hockey and figure skating enthusiasts for years. Three indoor regulation-sized ice sheets offer the perfect opportunity for open skating, hockey programs and figure skating lessons. Open skating fees are $4, regardless of age. Skates can be rented for $2 per pair.

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University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena

1901 4th St. SE.
Minneapolis, MN

Be a part of a history and enjoy open skating where the University of Minnesota hockey team plays. Open skating hours vary but rates are $3 for the general public, $2 for ages 12 and under 13 and $1.50 for students with U of M IDs. Skate rentals are just $2.

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Parade Ice Garden

600 Kenwood Pkwy.
Minneapolis, MN

The Parade Ice Garden was built in 1973 with the idea of being a centrally located site where people of all ages could enjoy indoor skating for years to come. With three different rinks and a large concession stand, families and skaters of all ages have enjoyed The Parade for since its inception. Public skating is $3 for adults, plus $2 skate rentals and $2.75 for juniors (under 18 years old or in high school) or seniors (62 years and up).

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Powderhorn Lake / Powderhorn Park

Bloomington Ave. S and E 35th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Known as one of the secret gems of Minneapolis, this skating destination offers great views of downtown and a perfect little island for skating. The rink features a portable warming house that helps keep skaters warm in between triple sow cows. It’s a great reminder of skating on a great neighborhood pond, only this one’s got a skyline for background. Skating ends Feb. 15.

Sara Boyd is a web producer and columnist at WCCO.COM.

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  • Jolie

    Check out Centennial Lakes outdoor ice skating in the 7300 block of France Avenue South! The outdoor rink is lit @ night with strings of lights,, you can skate under quaint bridges, there are large open areas in which to skate and long, stretches of rink that follow the creek. There are outdoor, rink-side areas to sit, as well as an outdoor and indoor fireplace/concession area. Lastly, you can rent skates and Norwegian “kick sleds” to give family/friends rides. I cannot say enough about this classy, fun ice skating venue ! !

  • Jim

    Absolutely correct Jolie I cant believe that was missed. Now do a report of the “Best backyard skating rinks”

  • Unknown

    I was shocked to see Centennial Lakes on France Ave didn’t make the list. By far one of the best places to skate outdoors in the Twin Cities.

  • Andy

    how could they leave out centennial? so much better than any of the indoor rinks. all indoor rinks are the exact same and they include like 7 of them?? do your homework, ‘CCO.

  • Keith

    I agree with all of you! Centennial Lakes I think is one of the best places. Not only do they have outdoor light strings, but they also pipe music throughout the park. A warming house that is rivaled by no other. It is the perfect setting to go ice skating outdoors.

  • Odin

    Skating but nothing about fishing on a site called CBS MINNESOTA? That’s like a bible without God. Or is there a fishing section I haven’t stumbled across yet?

  • Art Connelly

    Is there still an outdoor rink in Lyndale Farmstead Park at 39th Street and Bryant Avenue South? Back “in the day” when school was dismissed at 3:15 pm we went home, changed clothes, and went back home when the warming house closed.

  • Bill

    All are great places to skate I agree. I am shocked that you spelled the Great One’s name wrong – it is Gretzky — don’t forget it.

  • Josh Pratner

    Lots of great, great memories from Depot… love that place. Pride of Minnesotans.

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