Skating into the New Year: Enjoy the Colder Months Out on the Ice

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It’s getting colder. Do we want to go outside? Probably not, but we can at least try to enjoy our time in the frigid cold – and one of the best ways to do that is to get our bodies moving. If we do that, maybe we can forget about the freezing temperatures around us. One of the easiest ways to trick your body into physical activity this winter is through ice skating. 

Here’s a list of some of the best places to go ice skating in Michigan: 

Campus Martius: Skate the Rink
800 Woodward Ave., Detroit 

Campus Martius is Detroit’s signature public space. Located in the heart of downtown, the park is surrounded by skyscrapers. Campus Martius was also the first-ever winner of Urban Land Institute’s Urban Open Space Award.

During the warmer months it hosts a wide variety of free events, programs, classes and amenities. In the winter, a large portion of the park is transformed into an outdoor rink, complete with a massive lighted Christmas tree as a backdrop.

Admission is $7 for both seniors (50-plus years ) and children (up to 12 years) and $8 for adults 13-49 years. Ice-skate rentals are $4. Special group rates are available for reservations, so call Campus Martius Park at (313) 963-9393 for group discounts. The rink is open all week, even on holidays, until spring. 

Rosa Parks Circle: Ice Rink
135 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids

Rosa Parks Circle is an outdoor public park located in downtown Grand Rapids between the iconic Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and Van Andel Arena. In 2017, the American Planning Association voted the 3.5-acre plaza one of five Great Public Spaces in America. 

During the summer, Rosa Parks Circle hosts events such as outdoor concerts and swing dances. In the winter, the circle is transformed into an ice rink. 

Admission is $1 for youths and $3 for adults (ages 18 and up). This year, they are also offering season passes, which allow unlimited access all season. They are $20 for youths and $50 for adults.

Ice skates are free with admission (sizes range from a youth 8 to men’s 15) and ice balance aids are available for the less-experienced skaters. While you’re skating, you don’t need to worry about your belongings – there are shoe bins in the skate house and you can rent a locker for only 25 cents.

The Rosa Parks Circle rink is open all week (10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Sunday) until Feb. 24. Hours are weather-dependent, so call (616) 456-3699 before making your way to the circle to check for closures. The rink is closed Christmas Day. 

Munn Ice Arena: Public Skating
1 Chestnut Road, East Lansing 

Munn Ice Arena is home to Michigan State University’s hockey team. But more than that, Munn offers public skate times year-round. Another plus is that Munn is right in East Lansing and it’s indoors. So, if you need a break from the cold but still want to be active, this is a great option. 

For the general public, admission is $6, but for children (18 or younger), or student, staff or faculty of MSU, you can get in for $5 with your MSU ID. With a military ID, it will only cost $4. Munn also offers skate rentals in both figure and hockey skates for $2. 

Munn’s open skate, hockey and figure skating hours vary by dates and time. Call the Munn Ice Arena Pro Shop at (517) 353-4698 to confirm times.