Michigan November 29, 2017
Here Are The 10 Most Magical Ice Skating Spots In Michigan
On a crisp winter night, is there anything more magical than venturing out for an adventure on the ice skating rink? Here in the Great Lakes State, our cold weather lends itself well to this beloved recreation activity — and you’ll want to lace up your skates as soon as possible. Here are ten of the most lovely skating spots throughout the state of Michigan.
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1. Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit)
This iconic destination in downtown Detroit is easily the most magical skating locale here in Michigan. Grab a few loved ones and glide along the ice under countless trees and holiday lights — you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a true winter wonderland.
2. Rosa Parks Circle (135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids)
Venture to downtown Grand Rapids for the perfect holiday outing at Rosa Parks Circle, which comes to life each winter as hundreds of ice skaters enjoy its beauty and charm. No matter what your age, you’ll have a blast at this outdoor arena in the heart of West Michigan’s largest city.
3. Kensington Metropark (4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford)
When the weather dips down far enough, visitors from far and wide can enjoy a day on the frozen waters at Kensington Metropark. This one-of-a-kind outdoor destination draws in families throughout the year with its countless activities — but there's something undeniably magical about exploring during the winter months.
4. Walloon Village Ice Skating Rink (04069 N. M-75, Walloon Lake)
This small but mighty skating rink will truly take your breath away with its small town charm. Located in the delightful community Walloon Lake, the rink is open when weather permits. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time as you glide along the beautiful ice.
5. Marquette Commons (112 S 3rd St, Marquette)
Want to enjoy an afternoon of free family fun? Make your way out to Marquette Commons when cold weather arrives in full swing. After spending plenty of time twirling on the ice, be sure to check out the on-site warming room for a soothing blast of heat. What’s not to love?
6. Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena (2751 Packard Road, Ann Arbor)
Make your way to Buhr Park, an Ann Arbor fixture that offers fun for the whole family with its wonderful ice arena. The rink itself is outside, but it contains cooling elements that allow it to remain open even in warmer weather. Given Michigan's unpredictable climate, what could be better?
7. South Haven Ice Rink (546 Phoenix St, South Haven)
Round up a few pals and hit the ice at this covered arena in South Haven, which offers affordable skating for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re playing a bit of hockey, practicing your figure skating moves, or simply having a blast with family, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy your time here.
8. Millennium Park (280 Romence Rd, Portage)
During the spring and summer months, the rink at Millennium Park transforms into a beautiful reflecting pond — but during the winter season, it’s an outdoor rink that's simply overflowing with charm. You don’t have to be an Olympian to have fun making your way around this icy wonderland.
9. Petoskey Winter Sports Park (1100 Winter Park Ln, Petoskey)
This beautiful seasonal locale is overflowing with fun activities to explore. Of course, you’ll find opportunities to enjoy the skating rink, but you can finish up your adventure with a few other snowy activities. Try your hand at curling or snowboarding to round out the perfect winter excursion.
10. Calumet Colosseum (110 Red Jacket Rd, Calumet)
This unique rink is actually one of the oldest known operating arenas in the world — and its charm doesn’t stop there. Since 1913, this amazing destination has hosted hockey games, and it’s offered artificial indoor ice since the mid 1960s. Of course, the arena also offers public skating to those who aren’t hockey experts!
Are there any little-known ice skating rinks in your community that we should know about? We’re always eager to hear your recommendations and suggestions, so share your ideas in the comment section below!