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11 Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks In Michigan 2023

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11 Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Michigan

With outdoor ice skating rinks in Michigan, there is no end to winter fun on ice.

There is nothing like being outside in nature or under the lights of the cityscape, ice skating on your favorite rink. Each one has something special and alltogether magical to bring to you this winter.

Take a tour with us out to the 11 best outdoor skating rinks in Michigan to visit this winter season.

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Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan

Blake Farms Ice Skating RInk
17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, MI 48005

You’ll find more than apple cider at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill come winter. That’s when the entire area is transformed into a “Winter Wonderland,” complete with a 2,000+ square foot synthetic skating rink, eight dining igloos and a newly constructed open-air holiday bar.

Skating Info
The ice rink is open Fridays from 2 -7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission is $10
Skate Rental is $15

Riley Park Ice Rink
33113 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48335

The Riley Park Ice Rink is an outdoor ice skating rink in downtown Farmington, Michigan and is aglow with lights. You will get the magic of the winter ice and snow in the comfort of a long-standing small town with bustling culture and history.

This is a great place for the family hang out.

Skating Info: The ice rink is free and open to the public Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and open until 11 p.m. Friday’s and Saturday’s.

Bear Creek Nature Park Ice Rink
740 W Snell Rd, Rochester, MI 48306

This ice skating rink in Bear Creek Nature Park is free and open to the public.

Enjoy the beauty of the nature park in winter with a relaxing skate around the rink. Bear Creek Nature Park is having a winter carnival Saturday, February 4th so be sure to bring your ice skates and have fun with the whole family.

Skating Info: Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Downtown Detroit Ice Skating Rink
800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit is alive with activity and events. Set right in the middle of this bustling area is the ice skating rink. There’s nothing like being in the center of all the action. With the majestic city skyline of Detroit and the excitement of so many people, this is an outdoor skating rink you won’t forget.

Skating Info:
Adult $12
Child $9
Rentals $6

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Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in West Michigan and Southwest Michigan

Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink
135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink is right in the center of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The park is open into the evenings so you can enjoy the lights in the trees at the park and the city all around.

Being within walking distance of restaurants and coffee shops makes it the perfect wintertime destination to be with friends and family. The ice skating rink, named after Rosa Parks, is right next to the Grand Rapids Art Museum and a wonderful area to learn about history and culture.

Skating Info
Adults $4
Youths $2
Youth season pass $25
Adult season pass $70

Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park
462 N Scenic Dr, Muskegon, MI 49445

Our tour starts in Muskegon on an ice skating trail paved through the woods leading to a large open ice skating rink that is always lit at night. The wonderful contrast of the nighttime woods against the dazzling lights of the park has a stunningly beautiful effect.

The Muskegon Luge Adventure Park is set in northern Muskegon right next to Lake Michigan. This is a cozy ice skating rink in the woods that you will want to visit this season.

Skating Info
Skate Rentals are available for $8
The daily ice skating rink pass is $10
There are also season passes so you and the family can go any time
Family season pass: $205
Individual season pass: $105 – these include all rentals

South Haven Ice Rink
Dyckman Pavilion, 546 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090

South Haven’s outdoor ice skating rink is right downtown, next to the shops and restaurants in South Haven, Michigan. The rink is under an open pavilion and has a cooling system so it will be open even on the warming winter days. South Haven is home to the Ice Breaker Winter Festival, which is a great place to see amazing ice sculptures. The ice skating rink is open almost every day in the winter.

Skating Info
Rental $4.
Day pass $4.
Season pass $65, with an additional $55 per family member

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Michigan Outdoor Ice Rinks in Mid Michigan

Frankenmuth Ice Skating Rink
784 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

The Frankenmuth’s Ice Skating Rink in Zehnder Park is the ideal travel destination for adventure and fun. Fully chilled, this outdoor rink is located right in downtown Frankenmuth, and within walking distance to the many attractions in Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.”  

Be sure to plan enough time to wander the downtown streets and make your way to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, said to be the largest Christmas store in the world. You’ll also want to save room for a “World-Famous” Chicken Dinner on Zehnder’s or the Bavarian Inn.

Skating Info
General admission $10
Rentals $3

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Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Northern Michigan

Boyne Mountain Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
1 Boyne Mountain Rd, Boyne Falls, MI 49713

Right on the mountain among the lodges in Boyne Falls, Michigan, start your season adventure off in the crisp winter air ice skating in this quaint village town.

The rink is located right next to the Clock Town Lodge and is perfect for a quiet getaway and a relaxing morning skate to start out your day. When you’re through with your skate, head over to Avalanche Bay, one of the best indoor waterparks in Michigan, to warm up in the indoor pools.

Skating Info:
Closed for the season
Skating is free, and rentals are available on-site

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Petoskey Winter Sports Park
1100 Winter Park Ln, Petoskey, MI 49770

Petoskey Winter Sports Park in northern Michigan’s lower peninsula, is a great woodside park to spend your afternoon ice skating. This park has two rinks and a sledding area for the kids.

The larger ice skating rink is huge and the ideal setting for the family outing. The smaller rink is set up for ice hockey so you can get some games in with friends.

The park has a nice warming house with hot refreshments to keep you going in the cold winter months.

Skating Info: Admission is free; Rental $7

Outdoor Ice Skating RInks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Marquette Lakeview Arena
401 E Fair Ave, Marquette, MI 49855

The Marquette Lakeview Arena in Marquette Michigan is a gorgeous setting for an ice skating rink. The outdoor skating rink in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is just on the edge of Lake Superior next to the Lakeview Arena where indoor skating and events occur.

The outdoor rink is maintained daily and perfect for ice hockey. Enjoy a game or two before the sunsets over the expanse of Lake Superior. This outdoor skating rink has open skate time for the public.

Skating Info:
Currently closed, opening soonPast hours of operation:
Figure skating – 9am.
Preschool/parent/senior – 10am.
Hockey – 11:30 am.
Open skate – 1pm.
Drop- in ice hockey – 9:30PM.

Enjoy Michigan’s Outdoor Skating Rinks

Whether it’s by the lake, in the woods, or at the center of town, outdoor ice skating is a wonderful way to get out in the winter months and enjoy spending time with loved ones. The best outdoor ice skating rinks in Michigan are out there waiting for you.

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About the Author-
Colin Blassingame is Content Writer for My Michigan Beaches and is currently finishing his BA in Writing at Grand Valley State. He enjoys volunteer work writing newsletters for small local organizations in his hometown of Grand Rapids. Colin intends to continue his schooling and begin pursuing a degree in Physics abroad in Japan with plans to focus on Astronomy. He enjoys taking long walks in the snow and listening to podcasts in his free time.