Ice skating is one of the many reasons to look forward to wintertime in Wisconsin. And although it’s typically seen as a winter activity, ice skating is something we celebrate year-round here thanks to our outdoor and indoor rinks.
Everyone in your family or friend group will enjoy a day on the rink — whether they know how to pirouette or need help just staying balanced on the ice. Time spent with loved ones at the rink will produce heartwarming memories full of joy and laughter.
Frozen Ponds, Bays & Rinks
Once the temperature is cool enough for water to freeze, our natural lakes and ponds transform into an ice skating lover’s haven. Some of the rinks we create ourselves to offer guests a magical experience in the city.
In Milwaukee, for instance, families and friends gather around at Red Arrow Park for ice skating fun. Called the Slice of Ice, the rink is open seasonally and offers rentals on skates, ice sleds and polar pals (plastic skating aids) for kids. After a round of ice skating, grab a nice, hot drink at the rink's warming house.
Over in Minocqua — a small lakeside town — skate around a rink or frozen pond at several outdoor spots, from Torpy Park to the scenic Chip Wulff Memorial Pond at Minocqua Winter Park.
A Cool Break Anytime of Year
When the lakes thaw and the flowers bloom, ice skating is still a popular pastime in Wisconsin. Find indoor rinks and arenas open to the public in many of our cities and towns.
The Janesville Ice Arena, for instance, is open all year for open skates and hosts special celebrations like birthdays. The venue is also home to the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League. In Milwaukee, you can spend the day or night skating around the Wilson Ice Arena, the size of a traditional NHL rink. And at the Rhinelander Ice Arena, the rink is open to the public on select days.
Inside or outside, summer or winter, ice skating is the Wisconsin way to bring friends and families closer together.