In the State of Hockey, it would be fair to expect that ice arenas could be found on every corner. In some ways, that almost does seem like it’s the case. However, finding a place to skate indoors isn’t always as simple as finding an arena.
Unless you’re involved in hockey or figure skating, you’ll most likely be looking for what most rinks refer to as “open skate”. Finding ice arenas that have open skate times can be challenging, and aligning your schedule to theirs is sometimes even more difficult.
That’s why we put this list together – to give you an idea of where you can go skating indoors in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Note that almost every indoor rink out there has differing open skate hours. Before planning your day around skating, make sure you look to see when your ice arena of choice has the hours open.
Parade Ice Garden – Minneapolis, MN
The Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis is a very popular indoor ice skating destination. It’s managed by the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board and offers a wide variety of options for those who want to get out on the ice. Aside from the open skate hours, it’s also possible to get involved in open hockey or “Figure Skating Pro Ice” – these two options are available for those with more specific interests.
The Parade Ice Garden’s been used in many ways – it hosts plenty of sectional playoff matches in high school hockey as well as the Skate Parade Ice Skating Institute (ISI) Competition.
There are a total of three rinks available at the complex – two full sized rinks and one “studio” sized rink. Additional amenities include locker rooms, off-street parking, and concessions. Skates are also available for rent for those that need them.
The Oval – Roseville, MN
The Oval is a unique place to skate because it offers both indoor and outdoor arenas. That said, The Oval is also known to host a wide variety of hockey, figure skating, and speed skating options, meaning that those wanting to open skate should definitely check the schedule before arrival.
Available to skaters are a variety of great options: skate rentals, skate sharpening, “skatercise” sessions, and senior sessions.
Bloomington Ice Garden – Bloomington, MN
The Bloomington Ice Garden (BIG) offers many options that could be compared to what’s available at the Parade Ice Garden. There are open skating options, figure skating “Pro Ice” options, and open hockey as well. With a total of three rinks available, there are plenty of places to skate.
One of the rinks is even noted as “Olympic-sized”. There’s a total seating capacity of 2,500 at the arena.
Plymouth Ice Center – Plymouth, MN
The Plymouth Ice Center (PIC) is a public-private effort that’s city-owned and yet connected to Life Time Fitness. This is the same arena that hosts Wayzata High School hockey matches and Providence Academy Boy’s Hockey.
Along with three professional-sized ice sheets, skaters can expect to find 16 locker rooms, two community meeting rooms, and a mirrored room with ballet bars for figure skaters to practice in. The Plymouth Ice Arena offers open adult hockey as well as public skating – check their schedule to learn more.
Schwan Super Rink – Blaine, MN
The National Sports Center hosts the Schwan Super Rink. They describe the rink as the “World’s Largest Ice Arena”. The massive rink hosts more than just open skating sessions – there are also camps, broomball leagues, hockey leagues, and figure skating to get involved with. This storied hockey arena is also where the USA women’s hockey team practices.
For those who are looking at things to do while other family members ice skate (or maybe just a quick break) there’s a great place called the Hat Trick Cafe to consider.
Serious athletes might also enjoy the Herb Brooks Training Center as well as the Dance and Fitness Studio.
As with most arenas, it’s definitely necessary to check in online to ensure that the Schwan Super Rink is open for the times that you’re desiring to visit.
Mariucci Arena – Minneapolis, MN
The Mariucci Arena is a fun and even surreal place to skate, especially for Minnesota Gophers hockey fans. The famous arena that hosts division one college hockey matchups is available to the students as well as the general public during certain hours each day. The schedule varies from day to day, but if you can make one of the sessions work, this might just be an experience you’ll never forget.
Figure skaters and hockey players should note, however, that this time is designated just for skating. No jumping or hockey sticks are allowed at this time.