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.
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Lake Park (Free skating)
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.
Red Arrow Park (Free skating! Rentals available)
920 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
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.
Pettit National Ice Center
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.)
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.
1755 S. 32nd St.
Open skating will take place every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and weekends from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at this free community ice rink. Call their hotline (475-8192) for weather/ice conditions. A limited number of skates will be available for adults and 3rd-8th grade students to borrow for free on-site. For younger children, the department will have five pairs of skates that can be attached to children’s boots or shoes (youth sizes 6-13). The Burnham fieldhouse will be used as a warming house. Refreshments, including hot chocolate, will be sold inside for a nominal fee.
The rink is also open every Thursday night from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for pond hockey. This drop-in program will be free and open to all ages and ability levels; no experience is necessary. Participants are asked to bring their own hockey gear. A limited number of sticks will be available to borrow on-site.
Weather and ice conditions permitting, the rink is accessible to the public outside of the supervised operating hours listed above. However, the warming house will be closed and skates will not be available to borrow.
More skating rinks in Milwaukee County:
Fox Point Ice Rink / Longacre Skating Pavilion
7343 N. Longacre Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217
7201 W. State St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
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! Regular garden admission rates will apply.
8214 W. Cleveland Ave., West Allis, WI 53219
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.
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.
Wilson Ice Arena
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.
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
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
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.