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Here Are Our 5 Favorite Places To Ice Skate

Photo by Little X Little Photography

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.

Top picks:

1. Lake Park (Free skating)

2975 N. Lake Park Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53211

(414) 962-1680

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. 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.

3. Pettit National Ice Center

500 S. 84th St., Milwaukee, WI 53214

(414) 266-0100

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.)

4. Humboldt Park Lagoon

3000 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207

(414) 257-8005

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.

5. Burnham Ice Rink (Free!)

1755 S. 32nd St.


2020 Opening Date TBD. Check their website!

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!

Milwaukee County Skating Rinks:

Fox Point Ice Rink / Longacre Skating Pavilion

7343 N. Longacre Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217

Hart Park

7201 W. State St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213

LaFollette Park

9418 W. Washington St., Milwaukee, WI 53214

(414) 587-8217

Lynden Sculpture Garden

2145 W. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217

(414) 446-8794

View unique sculptures from the middle of the lake. Bring your own skates! Regular garden admission rates will apply.

McCarty Park

8214 W. Cleveland Ave., West Allis, WI 53219

(414) 672-5052

Scout Lake

5902 W. Loomis Rd., Greendale, WI 53129

(414) 425-7303

Check the Milwaukee County website for public skate and warming house hours to ice skate on this beautiful five acre lake.

Sheridan Park

4800 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy, WI 53110

(414) 762-1550

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

(414) 344-5460

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.

Wilson Ice Arena

4001 S. 20th St., Milwaukee, WI 53221

(414) 281-6289

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.

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

262 335-4445

Kinderberg Park

N106W15060 Buckthorn Dr., Germantown, WI 53022

(262) 250-4700

Mee-Kwon Park

6333 W. Boniwell Rd., Mequon

(262) 242-1310

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

(262) 375-6851

Washington County Skating Rinks

Firemen’s Park

645 Baehring Dr., Slinger, WI 53086

(262) 644-5265

Regner Park

800 N. Main St., West Bend, WI 53090

(262) 335-5100

Ridge Run Park

300 S. University Dr., West Bend, WI 53095

(262) 338-1012

Waukesha County Skating Rinks

Eble Ice Arena

19400 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, WI 53045

(262) 784-5155

Malone Park

16400 W. Al Stigler Pkwy., New Berlin, WI 53151

(262) 786-8610

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

(262) 646-7072

The Ponds of Brookfield

2810 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005

(262) 786-7663

Check their website for specific Open Skate hours, skate rental fees, or to find out more about their Learn to Skate program.