The Best Ice Skating in the Detroit Area

on December 19, 2013

Ice skating in Detroit

Ice skating on is a winter tradition that dates back over a hundred years. Whether you like the convenience of urban ice rinks, or the tradition of frozen lakes and ponds, if you are in the Detroit area, we’re compiled a list of some of the best places around where you should lace up:

  • Most popular outdoors: Yes, you’ve been there or heard of it. There are reasons why The Rink at Campus Martius Park is so popular – skate among the ice scrapers, near the Wings’ home, with a big, bright Christmas tree. Open until midnight daily.
  • Best for families: Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena in Ann Arbor has a cooled layer under the ice that keeps the rink frozen even when temperatures warm up a bit. Public skate rates are $6 for adults, $5 for youth/seniors and $3 for skate rentals.
  • Best indoors: Arctic Edge Ice Arena is home to 2010 ice dancing Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, what better place to learn to skate? (And learn to skate packages come with an unlimited public skate pass). Yost Ice Arena at the University of Michigan, is home to the Michigan Wolverines men’s hockey team, and a local favorite.
  • Most hidden gem:  Hidden in plain sight, really – Belle Isle used to have a pretty well-known ice rink back in the day (early 1900’s), not much of it is left now, but there are still a number of ponds connected by canals, which once frozen over create a network of ice paths. It’s not maintained, and not many go there, but by the tracks left in the ice you’ll know you aren’t the only one. Nostalgic and almost private, in a way; perfect for those who like to carve their own path… and can keep a secret.

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