Lake of the Isles is the most popular Minneapolis lake for ice skating and ice hockey once the ice is thick enough. Observe warning signs for thin ice, especially in early and late winter.
St. Paul's outdoor refrigerated ice rink in Landmark Plaza opens the Saturday after Thanksgiving until February 1. Skating is free, and skate rental is available.
Peavey Plaza, the sunken plaza on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, is frozen for ice skating in the winter. It's popular with office workers at lunchtime.
16 Minneapolis parks have ice rinks.
The City of St. Paul maintains 21 ice rinks in parks across the city, including three refrigerated rinks. Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department maintains 10 ice rinks and arenas in Ramsey county, including the St. Paul's Charles M. Schulz Highland Arena, which is open year-round.
Parade Ice Garden is an indoor rink in Minneapolis.
Augsburg College's ice rink, famous for being used as a location for filming television shows and movies like The Mighty Ducks, is open to the community.
RinkFinder.com has listings of ice rinks throughout the Twin Cities suburbs, and in other cities in Minnesota.