Girl on the figured skates at opened skating rink. Russia.

Without question, ice skating outdoors is just absolutely magical! There’s just something about gliding across a frozen pond or charming outdoor ice skating rinks that puts a smile on your face. It’s like an instant winter wonderland experience especially if a few flakes are falling from the sky!

First of all, the scenery is out of this world. You’re surrounded by shimmery white snow. It’s like being inside a Christmas card. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Now, I was never one to be outdoors in the winter, but that has changed. I love that refreshing blast of cold air smacking you in the face. Yes, it can be a little chilly, but let’s be honest, if you’re prepared, it just adds to the whole experience. It’s invigorating! Just bundle up in warm clothing, hats, scarves, and mittens. That sounds cozy, even in the cold, and if you’re like me, I like cozy.

But let’s not forget the best part. I’m talking about the actual skating. There’s just something about gliding over the ice that brings out the kid in all of us. It’s so much fun. Whether you’re mastering those wicked turns or just trying not to fall like me, it’s all about having fun. Plus, when you’re outside, there’s a lot more room to twirl, spin, and jump. And if the rink has things like hot cocoa or a fire pit for a break to enjoy some warmth that is even better.

While I now love the outdoors in general, I really love outdoor ice skating because it’s an enchanting, exhilarating experience that brings out the joy and excitement of winter. So grab your skates, bundle up, and get ready to hit the ice. It’s time to make some memories. Check out some of these great outdoor ice skating rinks right here in Metro Detroit. Please be sure to check ahead as most of the outdoor ice rinks are weather dependent.

  • Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena

    They are generally open from mid-November to late March weather dependent.
    Public Open Skating Schedule
    Sunday, 3:15-5:30 p.m.
    Monday & Thursday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
    Friday, 7-8:45 p.m.
    Saturday, 2:45-4:30 p.m. and 7:15-8:30 p.m.


    2751 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104​

    Cost & Extras:

    Youth ages (17 & under ) &  Senior ages (60+) $5
    Adult ages (18+) $6​
    ​​Skate Rental $3

    For more info visit here

  • Bear Creek Nature Park

    Daily (weather permitting) 10am-5pm
    740 West Snell Road Rochester, MI 48306
    Cost & Extras:
    Free, no skate rental so bring your own skates

    For more info click here

  • The Rink at Campus Martius Park


    According to their website their hours are as follows:

    December 12 – January 1

    Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm
    Friday: 11 am – Midnight
    Saturday: 10 am – Midnight
    Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm

    Holiday Hours

    Christmas Day: noon – 10 pm
    New Years Eve: 11 am – 11 pm
    New Year’s Day: 11 am-11 pm

    January 2 – March 3

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
    Tuesday: 11 am – 6 pm
    Friday: 11 am – 11 pm
    Saturday: 10 am – 11 pm
    Sunday: noon – 8 pm


    800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

    Cost & Extras

    According to their website the cost & extras you can purchase are as follows:

      • Adults (Ages 13-58): $12
      • Children (Ages 12 and Under): $9
      • Seniors (Ages 59+ • With Valid ID): $9
      • Active Military (With Valid ID): $8
      • First Responders (With Valid ID): $8
      • Skate Rentals (Size 9 Toddler to Size 15 Adult Available Only): $6
      • Shoe Check (For people who have their own skates): $2

    Cost & Extras

    For more info click here

  • Blakes Orchard


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    According to their website their days/hours are as follows:
    FRIDAY | 2PM-8PM
    SUNDAY | 11AM-7PM

    5590 Van Dyke Almont, MI 48003
    Cost & Extras
    Skating is free and skate rental is $5. It is encouraged to reserve a date & time on their website at the link below.

    For more info click here

  • The Rink at Royal Oak

    Open for this season through February 19th, 2024
    According to their website, rink Hours will change after the New Year.

    Sunday: 11AM – 9PM

    Monday: 12PM – 9PM

    Tuesday: 12PM – 9PM

    Wednesday: 12PM – 9PM

    Thursday: 12PM – 9PM

    Friday: 12PM – 11PM

    Saturday: 11AM – 11PM


    221 E 3rd St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

    Cost & Extras

    According to their website the cost & extras you can purchase are as follows:

    For more info click here

  • Clark Park in Detroit

    Their open skate is set to start for this season on January 16th, 2024
    1130 Clark St, Detroit, MI, United States, Michigan
    Cost & Extras
    Admission is for children and $5 for adults, including skate rental.

    For more info click here

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