Family Fun- Twin Cities Skate Nights


Family fun time in Minnesota should most definitely include ice skating. It is a Minnesotan tradition every winter. Going skating as a family is one great way to create some of your family’s fondest memories. It’s part of what makes winter so great. You cannot honestly attest to being a Minnesotan until you have spent a fair amount of time on the ice, bundled up in winter clothes, and the snot freezing in your nose. The Twin Cities has its fair share of skating rinks, so dust off your ice skates and get your skate on!


Battle Creek Recreation Center

75 Winthrop St. S.
Saint Paul, MN 55119
Phone: (651) 501-6347
Monday to Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9:00am- 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 3pm
Sunday: Closed
Battle Creek Rec Center is adjacent to Battle Creek Elementary Schoo. It is an outdoor rink that opens during winter months, weather provided. This rink does offer a warming house during hours of operation. Follow Battle Creek Recreation Center’s Facebook to keep up with family-friendly events, like the annual Winter Lockout.

Edgcumbe Recreation Center

320 Griggs St
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Phone: (651) 695-3711
Center Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
This recreation center has an impressive outdoor skating rink with seasonal beginners skating classes. They do have a warming facility on site for skating rest breaks. Edgcumbe has a well maintained Facebook page with the latest updates on rink closures and classes.

Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Groveland Recreation Center

2021 St. Clair Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Phone: (651) 695-3714
Center Hours:
Monday to Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Rink Attendant Hours:
Monday to Friday 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Groveland’s rink space includes two hockey rinks, one pond rink, one general use rink, and a ⅙ mile skating oval. Even better, the rink has skates available to rent at no additional cost. They carry toddler shoe sizes all the way up to a men’s size 13. This rink does have a warming center that is open during rink attendant hours. While they do have a Facebook page, it is not as up to date as other rinks pages. There is a website for Groveland Ice Rinks with a bevy of information about the facility and its history.

Hayden Heights

1965 Hoyt Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55119
Phone: (651) 298-5716
Monday to Thursday 3 pm – 9 pm
Fridays 3pm – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed

Hayden Heights is an outdoor skating rink with a warming facility. The warming facility is open when the rink is available for use. While this location doesn’t offer a beginners skating class, they do have an annual family skate night in January. Follow them on the Hayden Heights Facebook page to keep updated with information on events and rink closures.

Hazel Park Recreation Center

945 Hazel St. N
Saint Paul MN 55119
Monday to Thursday 3 pm – 9 pm
Friday 3pm – 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed

Nestled in the Eastern Hazel Park neighborhood is the Hazel Park Rink. This location does have a recreation center but not a warming center near the rink. Hazel Park Recreation Center has a Facebook page that has up to date event and closure information.

Lake Of Isles Park

2500 Lake Of Isles Parkway E
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-230-6400
Warming House Hours:
Monday-Friday: 3-9 pm
Saturday: 9 am-9 pm
Sunday: 10 am-6 pm

Lake Of Isles is an attraction all year round. With well over 5 million visitors annually, you are sure to find something entertaining to do. Once your eyes feast on this outdoor spectacle, it is easy to see how it earned an honorable mention in Prince’s song “Rock and Roll is Alive (And Lives in Minneapolis).” Skating in the rink at Lake of Isles is sure to live up to the impressiveness of the rest of the park. The city of Minneapolis maintains the warming hut which has a vast amount of skates that are free to use.


Palace Community Center

781 Palace Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-298-5677
Monday – Thursday: 3pm – 9pm
Friday: 3pm – 6pm
Saturday: 9am-2pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Palace Community Center is a beautiful new facility. The community center underwent renovations in 2014, henceforth completed in 2016. Palace Community Center has two skating rinks available. Their indoor rink, which is one of four in the city of Saint Paul, allows for ice rink activities to start earlier and last longer than outdoor rinks. The outdoor rink does have a warming room available from 8 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday and from 7 am to 7 pm Saturday and Sunday. Their Facebook is continuously updated and posts about events like Family Skate Night.

Wells Fargo WinterSkate

75 W. 5th St
Saint Paul, MN
Phone: (651) 803-9047
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Located in the heart of the historic LandMark Center is WinterSkate. It is likely to be the most impressive rink, with the old world charm as it’s frame. WinterSkate offers free skate lessons during select dates and times in December and January. If you forgot your skates, no problem. WinterSkate has you covered. They have a variety of rentals available at $4 a pair. They will waive one rental fee if you are a Wells Fargo debit or credit card holder. Don’t forget to check their live webcam feed before you head down to the rink.


It’s a great time to bundle up the family and go to Family Skate Night at Hayden Heights. Perhaps you prefer to practice your famous double axel at WinterSkate. Or you can head to Groveland to see who can race around the rink the fastest. Make some exciting memories that you and your family can laugh about for years to come. You can enjoy memories like recalling the first time your children went skating or the time that your spouse fell on the ice while imitating an Olympians lunge. Just make sure you don’t forget the hot chocolate.

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