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Time to make the most of the cold! Grab your skates (or find a rental) and head to one of these ice skating rinks in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties.
Important: We are doing our best to keep this list updated. However, we highly recommend visiting the ice rink's website and Facebook page to find out the latest information about their hours, ice conditions, and COVID-19 protocols.
1. Red Arrow Park (Free skating! Rentals available)
920 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 289-8791
Did you know that the 128 by 95 foot ice rink in Red Arrow Park is actually bigger than the one at Rockefeller Center?
You can visit this downtown landmark January through March for free ice skating (with skate rentals available at a small cost). Remodeled in 1999, the ice rink can fit around 100 people at a time and is conveniently located right next to a Starbucks, so you can enjoy a hot chocolate.
Helpful hint: Polar Pals are available for kids who are just learning to skate, and ice sleds are available for people with mobility limitations.
See an up-close look at Slice of Ice at Red Arrow Park here.
2. Humboldt Park Lagoon
3000 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
If you’re looking for an outdoor ice skating experience, head to the Humboldt Park lagoon. The lagoon is surrounded by a majestic park, and it’s a lovely way to spend a winter afternoon. Check first for updated hours and lagoon conditions on the Humboldt Park Friends website. There are convenient bathrooms located right across the street from the lagoon in the Pavilion. Check the website for current conditions.
3. Cahill Park
1001 E Fairmount Ave, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
This brand new skating rink is located in Cahill Park in Whitefish Bay. Find out more about it here.
4. Konkel Park
5151 W Layton Ave, Greenfield, WI 53220
Admission and ice skate rental is free, available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limited supply of sizes available, so itt is recommended to bring your own skates if possible. A limited number of free skate aids are available on a first come first served basis for beginning skaters. A warming area and concessions are available during hours of operation. Face coverings/masks are required in warming area when not eating or drinking and on the ice. Masks not supplied so you must bring your own. There is a limit of 30 people on ice at a time.
5. Festive Ice Rink
Cedar Creek Park
N55 W6079 Portland Rd., Cedarburg, WI 53012
More Milwaukee County Skating Rinks:
Fox Point Ice Rink / Longacre Skating Pavilion
7343 N. Longacre Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217
Hart Park - TBD
7201 W. State St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
LaFollette Park - TBD
9418 W. Washington St., Milwaukee, WI 53214
Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217
View unique sculptures from the middle of the lake. Bring your own skates! Check their Facebook Page for updates on ice conditions.
McCarty Park - TBD
8214 W. Cleveland Ave., West Allis, WI 53219
Scout Lake - TBD
5902 W. Loomis Rd., Greendale, WI 53129
Check the Milwaukee County website for public skate and warming house hours to ice skate on this beautiful five acre lake.
Sheridan Park - Currently Closed
4800 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy, WI 53110
Enjoy the stunning view of the downtown skyline from Sheridan Park. This ice rink is lit for nighttime ice skating, but there is no warming house.
Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park
1859 N. 40th St., Milwaukee, WI 53208
Skate outdoors at the lagoon, then warm up with some hot chocolate at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park. Check their website for public hours and conditions. The lagoon isn’t usually ready for skating until January or February.
Ozaukee County Skating Rinks
Festive Ice Rink
Cedar Creek Park
N55 W6079 Portland Rd., Cedarburg, WI 53012
Homestead Hollow County Park
N120 W19809 Freistadt Rd., Germantown, WI 53022
N106W15060 Buckthorn Dr., Germantown, WI 53022
6333 W. Boniwell Rd., Mequon
Mee-Kwon Park is home to a sledding hill with a long shallow grade with ice skating offered at the nearby pond. You’ll find a warming house there, but there is no skating or sledding allowed at night.
Ozaukee Ice Center
5505 Pioneer Rd. # 144N, Mequon, WI 53097
Washington County Skating Rinks
645 Baehring Dr., Slinger, WI 53086
800 N. Main St., West Bend, WI 53090
Ridge Run Park
300 S. University Dr., West Bend, WI 53095
Waukesha County Skating Rinks
Eble Ice Arena
19400 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, WI 53045
16400 W. Al Stigler Pkwy., New Berlin, WI 53151
This rink is lit up at night, offers free skating, and is located next to the volleyball area. Use the parking lot near the tennis courts.
Nagawaukee Park Ice Arena
2699 Golf Rd, Delafield, WI 53018
The Ponds of Brookfield
2810 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005
Check their website for specific Open Skate hours, skate rental fees, or to find out more about their Learn to Skate program.
2201 Michigan Ave, Waukesha, WI 53188
The Public Ice Rink at Lowell Park is now open although the conditions of the ice are not ideal. This rink is unsupervised and the shelter is not open. Crews will continue working on the rink next week as weather conditions permit.
Closed in 2021:
1. Lake Park (Free skating) (Closed in 2021)
2975 N. Lake Park Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53211
Head to this picturesque gem overlooking Lake Michigan for public skating during the winter months. While you’re there, you can also stop by the North Point Lighthouse or play on the playground.
2. Pettit National Ice Center (Closed in 2021)
500 S. 84th St., Milwaukee, WI 53214
The Pettit National Ice Center is a 200,000 square foot indoor ice skating facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, featuring two international-size ice rinks and a 400-meter speed skating oval. Public skating times, rental skate fees, and occasional promotions are listed on their website. They also offer ice skating classes for all ages throughout the year. (Don’t forget to bring a coat! It may be an indoor facility, but it is still chilly.)
3. Burnham Ice Rink (Free!) (Closed in 2021)
1755 S. 32nd St.
Milwaukee Recreation's ice rink at Burnham Playfield is back for the third straight year. Sharpen your skates for winter for this free, family experience. A limited number of skates are available for adults and 3rd-8th grade students to borrow for free on-site. Burnham also has a warming house on site. If you would like to donate skates for the Burnham ice rink this winter, stop by Milwaukee Public Schools' central office on Vliet St. Any kind of skates will be accepted and are appreciated!
4. Wilson Ice Arena (Closed in 2021)
4001 S. 20th St., Milwaukee, WI 53221
Skate all year round on their National Hockey League sized rink (200 by 85 feet). There are also locker rooms, a concession area, and rental skates.