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Skate Your Heart Out: Unmissable Ice Skating Near Ann Arbor

There are several Ice Skating Rinks Near Ann Arbor. These both indoor ice rinks available year round, seasonally, and outdoor skating rinks open in winter. 

As a child my favorite part of winter was ice skating. When I lived in Illinois, our neighborhood park offered outdoor ice skating. My school bus took me by the park on the way home so I could check the sign for ice conditions. However, with two younger siblings my mom had to bundle up and bring with us, I didn’t get to go as often as I would have liked.

Regrettably, my daughter did not inherit my joy of skating and after years, my skating skills are not what they were. She tried skating at a birthday party as a kindergartener. That experience only convinced her not to skate for a few years.

In 2020 at 14, she gamely took beginner lessons at Vets accompanied by much younger children. Sadly, she did not get very many lessons – due to illness, other commitments, and the pandemic. But, she has been skating a few times since and has retained some of her lessons.

Teen in blue winter coat practices ice skating at Veterans Parks

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Ann Arbor Ice Rinks

All of the ice skating rinks in Ann Arbor offer skate rental or allow you to bring your own skates. There are also pro shops at several of the rinks.

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena is a permanent outdoor ice rink. While outdoors, the rink is covered, has refrigeration to operate at outdoor temperatures a little over 50 degrees, and has facilities such as skate rental, regular maintenance, and restrooms.

The Outdoor Ice Arena is located adjacent to the swimming pool and uses the same front counter and locker room

Note: The 2022-2023 opening was pushed back to November 18 due to warm temperatures in early November.

At a Glance

Address: Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – November 4, 2023-March 24, 2024
Hours: Normal Hours: Sunday 3:15-5:30p Mondays & Thursdays – 3:30-4:30p (Half-price admission) Wednesdays – 4:45-5:45p (Half-price admission) Fridays – 7-8:45p Saturdays – 2:45-4:30p & 7:15-8:30p
$6/adults, $5/17 & under or 60+, $3/Skate Rentals

Veterans Park Ice Arena

Veterans Park Ice Arena is the Park System’s indoor ice rink. It is located at Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson Ave. The ice arena operates seasonally from September until April.

They offer Open Skate regularly and typically add extra days and times on days that AAPS is scheduled to be closed.

At a Glance

Address: 2150 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – September 17, 2023-April 27, 2024
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 1-2:30p, Mondays, Tuesdays, & Fridays from 1:10-2:30p, and Thursdays from 11-2:30p
$6/adults, $5/17 & under or 60+, $3/Skate Rentals

Arctic Coliseum

Arctic Coliseum in Chelsea has two indoor rinks. They offer a variety of drop-in sessions.

Open Skate is available for all ages.

On select Saturday nights they offer a DJ Skate with laser lights, video wall, and songs requests from the DJ.

At a Glance

Address: Arctic Coliseum Inc, 501 Coliseum Drive, Chelsea, MI, USA
Season: Year Round – –
Hours: Varies based on rink schedule.
$7 adult, $4/kids under 10, Skate Rental is $5. DJ Skate is $10 and includes rental

Yost Ice Arena

Yost Ice Arena is University of Michigan’s ice arena. It is home to their hockey team.

Yost Ice Arena has public skate several times a week. The schedule does vary based on the UM academic calendar and the hockey game schedule.

They open for the 2023 season on October 1. No end date is announced. We have tentatively set it for the end of April, but that is subject to change.

At a Glance

Address: Yost Ice Arena, 1000 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Seasonal – October 1, 2023-April 30, 2024
Hours: Public Skate Varies
$6 Adults, $4/Students, Kids, UM Faculty & Staff, $3 Skate Rental

Ann Arbor Ice Cube

Ann Arbor Ice Cube is a private Ice Arena with multiple ice rinks and is home to many local hockey teams and the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

Their Public Skate schedule varies by week.

Check their website for family public skates.

At a Glance

Address: Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Season: Year Round – –
Hours: Varies: Current month calendar is available here: http://a2ice3.com/publicskate.html
$8 includes skate rental

Outdoor Ice Skating – Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation

In addition to the covered, permanent outdoor Buhr Park Ice Arena, Ann Arbor added 3 natural outdoor rinks starting in 2016. They were available when the weather wass cold enough. They are typically setup later in the winter and are dependent on weather conditions. Sadly, they have not been set up since 2019.

The winter of 2019-2020 did not get cold enough for them to be setup. Then the pandemic disrupted the addition outdoor rinks. As of November 2021, they are no longer mentioned on the city’s website.

Outdoor Ice Rink at Dexter’s Monument Park

Dexter has an outdoor ice skating rink at Monument Park. The availability of this outdoor ice skating rink near Ann Arbor is very dependent on the weather. It requires several days below freezing for the initial freeze. Even once it opens, its availability can vary by day.

Upcoming Ann Arbor Ice Skating Sessions

Below are some of the open skate times near Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor Ice Cube open skate hours are not a consistent schedule, so the best resource for their hours is their website. Open Skate at Yost is included in the list below as are Buhr Park and Veterans Park.

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