5 Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks to Visit in Metro Detroit

Lake up your ice skates and embrace the Michigan chill
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Blake’s Skating Rink is set in a scenic Winter Wonderland experience. // Photograph courtesy of Blake’s

Cold temps don’t have to get you down when there’s still plenty to do in Southeast Michigan. Get out your winter gear and head to one of these five metro Detroit outdoor ice skating rinks.

Blake’s Skating Rink

Blake’s 2,000 square-foot rink is located at its Orchard Square in Armada, which has been made over into a Winter Wonderland for the season. After ice skating, guests can enjoy food and drink options like hard cider, craft beer, donuts, snacks, and the full lunch and dinner menu at Blake’s Tasting Room. The skating rink is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets — which are $10 for 50 minutes of skating and $5 for skate rentals — are available until 6 p.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased online, and a limited number of walk-in tickets are also available. Blake’s Skating Rink, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada; blakefarms.com

Warren City Square Ice Rink

This ice rink, located in front of the Warren City Hall, is open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The capacity limit is currently 25 people to make room for social distancing, and masks must be worn inside the skate rental building and are encouraged while outside. There is no cost for admission to the rink. Warren City Square Ice Rink, 5460 Arden Road, Warren; facebook.com/warrenparks

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The Rink at Campus Martius is open seven days a week and offers skate rentals. // Photograph courtesy of Downtown Detroit Partnership

The Rink at Campus Martius Park

Some of the world’s best ice skaters — including gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White — have hit the ice at The Rink at Campus Martius Park. Pricing at this downtown Detroit attraction ranges from $9 for kids 12 and under to $11 for adults. Discounts are available for seniors and military/first responders. Skate rentals are $5 each. Through March 6, The Rink is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The Rink at Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; downtowndetroitparks.com

Riley Park Ice Rink

This 60-foot by 80-foot rink in downtown Farmington is open — weather permitting — from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There is no cost for admission, and skates are also available to borrow at no cost. Up to 340 people are allowed in the rink at a time to maintain social distancing, and masks are required on the ice. Keep an eye on the rink’s Facebook page for fun events, including themed skate parties like the upcoming Glow Skate, which will feature dance music and disco lights. Riley Park Ice Rink, 33113 Grand River Ave., Farmington; facebook.com/rileyparkicerink

Buhr Park Ice Arena

This open-air ice arena is covered by a roof so you can enjoy a skate sesh outdoors without having to brave all the elements. Open skate time is available at various times on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Tickets are $6 for adults, and $5 for seniors and youth 17 and under. Skate rentals are $3, and sharpening is available for an additional cost. All visitors must wear masks indoors — in the lobby, locker room, etc. — and are encouraged to wear them outside and on the ice as well. Buhr Park Ice Arena, 2751 Packard Road, Ann Arbor; a2gov.org

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