Minnesota's winters can be pretty harsh, with bursts of frigid arctic air. If you're visiting Minnesota in the wintertime, you're sure to get a good dose of snow and ice.
Embrace it. Instead of trying to avoid the season, slip into some ice skates and slide through the snow.
Here are the 9 best places you can go ice skating in Minneapolis and St. Paul when the weather is cold. Bonus: Many of these locations feature multiple rinks, and while some are outdoors, some are indoors and open year-round.
You can always go ice skating in Minnesota.
- Lake of the Isles: 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.
- Landmark Plaza: St. Paul's outdoor, refrigerated ice rink in Landmark Plaza opens the Saturday after Thanksgiving and stays open until Feb. 1. Best of all, skating is free. It's OK if you don't have your own ice skates. You can rent a pair here.
- Peavey Plaza: The sunken plaza on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis is frozen for ice skating in the winter. It's popular with office workers at lunchtime. Only in Minnesota is ice skating a popular lunch break activity.
- The parks: Ice rinks are easy to find in Minnesota's parks. In fact, 16 Minneapolis parks have ice rinks that open up when the weather cools down.
- Throughout St. Paul: The city of St. Paul maintains 21 ice rinks in parks across the city, including three refrigerated rinks.
- Ramsey County: The 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: The Parade Ice Garden is an indoor rink in Minneapolis. While outdoor rinks are a fun way to get some fresh air in the winter, an indoor rink has its own benefits, including being open year-round and not being dependent on the weather. There's no excuse not to go ice skating in Minnesota.
- Augsburg College: 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. Not only can you get your skate on, but you can visit a famous movie site in the process.
- Bloomington Ice Garden: Bloomington has 14 outdoor winter ice rinks, including the Bloomington Ice Garden, which has three rinks open year-round.
Find More Ice Skating Rinks
RinkFinder.com has listings of ice rinks throughout the Twin Cities suburbs, as well as in other cities in Minnesota.