Sharpen Your Skates & Head to an Indoor Rink

By: Scott Davis | January 2, 2014

It is no secret that ice skating outside can be very peaceful in the winter, but ice skating indoors is just as fun. If you’re looking for something to do now that the weather is frigid, try lacing up some ice skates and hitting the ice.

If you’re a little weary about falling flat on your face because you have never gone ice skating, don’t worry. I have only gone a handful times, but somehow I have yet to fall. That is saying something seeing how any of my friends can tell you my coordination level is comparable to the scene in Bambi, when Bambi tries to walk on ice and fails miserably.

There are several indoor ice rinks in the Metro Detroit area that offer open skate. Below are a few you might want to consider visiting:

Ann Arbor Ice Cube, located at 2121 Oak Valley Dr., in Ann Arbor is a favorite for Metro Detroiters. Public Skate is only $4 for adults and $3 for seniors and children under 12, with a $3 charge for skate rentals. Be sure to check the schedule on the website, as the days of the week vary for open skate. If you would rather watch people skate, hockey leagues and figure skating competitions often take place at the Cube. The rink also offers drop-in hockey and skating lessons for those who want to learn.

Arctic Edge, 46615 Michigan Ave., Canton, is a great place to go for ice related activities. This place is only a couple miles down the road from where I live, so I have been there a few times for both open skate and hockey games. It offers two NHL sized ice rinks. In addition, it is the training home of 2010 Olympic Gold Medalists Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue and 2010 Olympic Silver Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. I highly recommend checking it out.

Novi Ice Arena, 42400 Nick Lidstrom Dr., in Novi has been providing Metro Detroit with skating opportunities since 1998. Much like Arctic Edge, it has two NHL-regulation sized ice sheets. It offers noon skate for just $2, as well as public skate at later times with $3 skate rentals.  One Saturday a month from 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m., the Novi Ice Arena has “Skate Jams” with a live DJ providing music during the open skate.  In addition, it offers a pro shop, two cafes and space for parties or meetings.

Arctic Coliseum Arena, located at 501 Coliseum Drive in Chelsea, is a beautiful facility. The 85,000 square foot building not only holds two ice rinks, but it also houses The Arctic Breakaway Restaurant and Sports Bar, and a fitness center! The restaurant is perfect for team dinners or family gatherings. The Coliseum has open skate, drop-in hockey, sticks and pucks, open figure skating and DJ nights. I haven’t skated there, but I have been there to watch a hockey game. It is quite the spectacle. Of course, skating and hockey lessons are offered as well.

Mount Clemens Ice Arena, located at 200 N. Groesbeck, in Mount Clemens is another ice arena to check out in the Metro Detroit area. Mount Clemens Ice Arena offers public skate, figure skating, lessons and adult and youth hockey leagues. It also provides exercising classes at its facility. Mount Clemens Ice Arena is a great place to throw a birthday party for your child. Birthday packages include a private room, public skating passes, food, drinks and more.

Metro Detroit is the home to many great indoor ice skating rinks. Whether you are going for open skate, hockey or skating lessons, you have a wide variety of options. Happy skating!