Find Your Winter Wonderland At These Metro Detroit Outdoor Skating Rinks

By: Aaron B. Cohen | December 8, 2021

You don’t have to be a professional hockey player or an Olympic figure skater to enjoy one of Metro Detroit’s most beloved wintertime activities. Outdoor skate rinks provide an outlet for friends and family to enjoy the season at its best. If you’re itching to get on the ice, check out these local rinks, and remember to bundle up!

Campus Martius Park

Campus Martius Park has become an iconic symbol of Detroit’s holiday festivities. Along with beautiful lights and a 60-foot Christmas tree, the skating rink attracts people of all ages for day and nighttime fun in the center of downtown. Skating will be available from now through March 5. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for children and seniors, and skate rentals are only $3!

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena

Ann Arbor’s Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena is unique in its design. While the rink is open-air, it’s covered from the elements with lights overhead. Rink glass, boards, and designated seating areas provide a true rink experience that can be enjoyed now through March 19, seven days a week. Admission costs $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, and skate rentals are only $3.

Riley Park Ice Rink

In the heart of Downtown Farmington off of Grand River Ave, Riley Park Ice Rink offers holiday fun for all ages. The lights and decorations make for a perfect winter wonderland right down the street. While there are no skate rentals, admission is free (donations encouraged) and skating is available every day of the week.

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Hutton Ice Rink at Patterson Park

Hutton Ice Rink at Patterson Park is a go-to destination for those close to Grosse Pointe Park. If you’re new to skating, lessons are available onsite, and the nearby lodge offers an assortment of snacks and hot chocolate to warm up after a day on the ice. The rink is open seven days a week.

Barnum Park & Ice Rink

For an authentic pond hockey experience, head over to Barnum Park & Ice Rink in Birmingham. With no boards surrounding the ice, it’s as close as you’ll get to the feeling of playing on a frozen lake. The rink is open Monday-Friday, but closes after dark. It’s perfect for an afternoon of winter fun close to home.