Ice, Ice, Baby! Top spots to go skating in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties

We have some magical spots to embrace the winter across our counties, and connect with our communities this season. Here are some of our favorite outdoor locations to don our skates. 

Photo: Steve Koss.

The Rink at Royal Oak, Royal Oak

This new attraction is located in the middle of Centennial Commons in downtown Royal Oak, and is a family-friendly ice rink that accommodates up to 250 skaters at a time. The rink celebrated a grand opening last month with performances from Royal Oak’s New Edge Skating Club and the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills. Admission is $10 and skate rentals are $5. Weekly specials include free skate rentals on Mondays, “Bring a Drink at the Rink” in the Royal Oak Social District, and more.

Nov. 19 – Jan. 3

Sunday – Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Jan. 3 – Feb. 19
Rink hours to be announced (check the website for updates).

Photo: Steve Koss.

The Rink at Campus Martius Park, Detroit

Situated on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit, this rink offers an iconic skating experience. With the dramatic backdrop of the skyline and Detroit’s Christmas Tree, it makes for a great evening out. Look for events happening, like some Olympic and US athletes performing each year. Adults cost $12, children $9, and skate rental is $6.

December 12 - January 1

Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - midnight.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - midnight.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
Holiday Hours: Christmas Day: Noon – 10 p.m., New Year’s Eve: 11 a.m. - midnight.
January 2 - March 5
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 8 p.m.

Dodge Park Ice Rink in Sterling Heights. Photo: Joe Powers / Insitu Photography.

Dodge Park Ice Rink
, Sterling Heights

Dodge Park celebrates A Sterling Christmas each year, so the ice rink completes a magical feel to the space in Macomb county. The ice rink, which remains open throughout the winter months, is free for Sterling Heights residents and costs $5 for non-residents. Skate rentals are available for $3.

Photo: Joe Powers. Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 12 – 9 p.m. 
Friday: 12 - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Holiday Hours:
Dec. 24: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dec. 25: Closed, Dec. 31: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Jan. 1: Closed.

Riley Park Ice Rink in Farmington. Photo: David Lewinski.

Riley Park Ice Rink, Farmington

This 4,800-square-foot refrigerated rink, located in the heart of Downtown Farmington, opens in mid-December. Keep an eye out for the themed evenings at the rink, this past year saw glow nights and Star Wars evenings. The rink does not have skate rentals, but there are donated skates on hand to borrow.
Sunday through Thursday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.      

Photo: Steve Koss.
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