It’s tough to think of a more traditional outdoor winter activity to do with the family than ice skating. Getting bundled up in hats and scarves, lacing up your skates, and warming up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate after a spin on the ice is sure to please kids young and old. So, whether you are a novice on the ice, or you’re ready to show off your triple axle, see our list of Des Moines area outdoor and indoor rinks for a memorable day with the family.
*Unless otherwise noted, the official outdoor ice-skating season is November through early March. Visit websites and social media sites for holiday and extended hours, and weather-related closures.
Here’s where you can go ice skating this winter in the Des Moines area:
Outdoor Ice Skating in Des Moines
Sunrise Park • 506 SE Peterson Drive • Ankeny, IA • (515) 963-3570
The community ice rink will be ready for skaters once the temperatures have dropped low enough for it to freeze. Watch for the green flag for safe skating conditions. The ice rink is FREE and open to the public. Skaters must provide their own ice skates. Hockey skating hours are dawn to noon and open skating hours are noon to dusk.
520 Robert D. Ray Drive • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 284-1000
Grab your mini ice dancers and go for a skate in downtown Des Moines. Weekends tend to be the most crowded, so it’s a win-win to take advantage of their lower weekly public skate rates. Refreshments (including snacks and hot beverages) are available at the concessions stand and skate rentals are available in kid and adult sizes. Brenton Skating Plaza also hosts birthday parties and Learn to Skate Classes.
Admission: Monday through Thursday – Adults $9.00; Youth (age 6-12) & Seniors $5.50; Children 5 and under are always FREE; Skate Rental $5.00; Skate Aids $5.00. Admission is increased by $1 on holidays. Group rates are available.
Greenwood Park Pond • 45th and Grand Avenue • Des Moines, IA
MacRae Park Pond • SW 9th and Davis Avenue • Des Moines, IA
Witmer Park Pond • 610 34th Street • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
During the winter, Des Moines Parks and Recreation clears frozen ponds for ice skating at three neighborhood pond locations. When these facilities are open for skating, it is unsupervised and available FREE of charge during normal park hours – sunrise to sunset. BYOS – Bring Your Own Skates.
Des Moines Parks posts if the facilities are open, or not, on their social media outlets and uses a flag system to indicate availability of public skating for the three ponds.
Soccer fields south of the Indianola Middle School • 403 S. 15th Street • Indianola, IA • (515) 961-9410
During winter months, the ice will be open for hockey from dawn to noon, and open skating hours are from noon to dusk. The rink is open when weather permits – a green sign will be posted at the gate to indicate that the rink is open; a red sign will be posted when the rink is closed. Bring your skates to this unsupervised skating rink in Indianola.
Johnston Commons • 6169 Northglenn Drive • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 727-8091
Crosshaven Park • 7909 NW 95th Street • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 727-8091
A new recipient of an outdoor skating rink, Johnston residents will have an opportunity take a spin on the ice at Johnston Commons, as well as, at the rink in Crosshaven Park. Be on the lookout for signs that will let skaters know when it’s ok to hit the ice. Ice is open for hockey from dawn to noon, and open skating hours are from noon to dusk. Bring your skates and take part in this new, free activity in Johnston.
Lions Park • 72nd Street and Aurora Avenue • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 278-3963
Ice skating will be a new activity in Lions Park this winter. Just like the other outdoor rinks listed here, families will need to bring their own skates to this unsupervised patch of ice. Signs will be posted to let skaters know whether it’s ok to skate or not. Urbandale Parks and recreation will open the rink once we’ve sustained enough cold weather to keep the rink frozen.
Centennial Park • 1255 Warrior Lane • Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 978-0007
The community ice rink in Centennial park will be ready for skaters once the temperatures have dropped low enough for it to freeze. The ice rink is FREE and open to the public. Skaters must provide their own ice skates. Hockey skating hours are dawn to noon and open skating hours are noon to dusk. A green sign will be posted at the gate to indicate when the rink is open; a red sign will be posted when the rink is closed.
Raccoon River Park • 2500 Grand Avenue • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 222-3444
The Raccoon River Park Ice Rink will be open for skating throughout the winter season, weather permitting. An open/closed sign has been installed at the rink and will be updated by West Des Moines Public Services staff based on ice conditions. The rink is not supervised and there is no skate rental available. It’s open during park hours, dawn to dusk.
Indoor Ice Skating in Des Moines
5100 NW 72nd Street • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 276-7200
Metro Ice Sports Facility is a tried-and-true arena open year-round for big (and little) wobbly Des Moines legs. They primarily offer public skate on Saturdays. Be sure to check their schedule for times. Skate rentals are available for both kids and adults. The Facility is a happening place with hockey leagues and games, learn to skate lessons and birthday parties.
Admission: Adult $8.00; Student $7.00 (ID Required); Child (12 and Under) $5.00; Seniors (55 and Above) $5.00; Skate Rental $3.00
Did we miss your favorite place to go ice-skating with the fam in Des Moines? Let us know where you skate in the comment section below!