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Outdoor Ice Skating Denver | The Top Rated Open Air Rinks

Posted at 12/16/2019 11:35 AM by Pat O'Connor

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Winter and ice skating go hand in hand, especially when it comes to outdoor rinks. What’s more magical than ice skating outdoors while sporting just a sweater?

In and around the Denver metro area, you’ll find an assortment of ice skating opportunities “en plein air.” Whether you’re looking to get a few laps in at a nearby shopping center or need long stretches at the iconic Evergreen Lake, skaters have numerous options in the region.

Recreational skaters, hockey players and broomball enthusiasts will appreciate the beauty of these outdoors arenas. You don’t have to be an expert skater to enjoy this activity; sometimes the worse you are, the more fun you’ll have! Here are Usaj Realty’s top picks for the best outdoor ice skating rinks in the Denver metro area.

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park

From now until Feb. 16, this gem, located in the heart of Denver, is open every day and is absolutely free, provided you have your own skates! Check out their calendar for up-to-date hours and special events.  There are skate rentals available, including double-bladed skates for the little ones. Skate rentals are $9 (12 and older) and $7 (under 12). Make sure you bring along warm socks. Check out the Broomball Challenge. Organize your own team of 6-12 adults (coed) and play Monday through Thursday nights. Check out the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park Facebook Page for more events throughout the winter. 

The Rink at Belmar

Nestled in the Shops at Belmar in Lakewood, this quaint rink glows in the midst of holiday lights and provides a great escape from your shopping. Open now through Jan. 26, the Rink at Belmar features a big Christmas tree in the middle of the rink surrounded by a bench with padded seats. The cost breakdown is as follows (prices include skate rental): Adults, $9.50; Children, $7.50, Military, $5, and free for kids under 2 and over 65. If you have skates, the cost is $5. Dress warmly and enjoy the ambiance of the Belmar area.

The Cube at the Streets of Southglenn

This is another rink built amidst an open-air shopping area. Open now through Feb. 29, enjoy shopping and many other diversions while in the south Denver metro area of Centennial. The Cube is open Wednesdays-Thursdays, 4-8 p.m., Fridays, 4-9 p.m., Saturdays, 12-9 p.m. and Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Hours change during the holidays so check their website. In addition to the nearby movie theater, you can enjoy shopping, restaurants and even the public library at Southglenn. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children (4-12), $5 for seniors (60+) and military, and $5 for students with ID. Skate rental is $3.

The Pond at Southlands

South Aurora residents love this rink burrowed within the 200+ shops, restaurants, and service agencies of the Southlands Shopping area. Surrounded by decorated Christmas trees, this is a perfect venue to meet friends and family for an outdoor adventure.  The Pond is open seven days a week through February 2. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. There are extended hours through the holidays and on school holidays. Check their Facebook page for private party closures. Admission is $8.50 for everyone 4 years and up, and $3.50 for 3 and under. Skate rental is $2.50.


WinterSkate in Louisville

This is the 16th season for WinterSkate in historic downtown Louisville. Considered one of the best places to live by Money Magazine, Louisville provides a charming backdrop for WinterSkate, an old-fashioned, outdoor ice skating rink complete with traditional music and free parking.  Boasting over 6,500 square feet of ice, WinterSkate is the largest outdoor ice-skating rink in Boulder County. Regular hours are as follows: Monday-Wednesday, 2-7 p.m.; Thursday, 2-10 p.m.; Friday, Noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Check website for special hours on holidays.

Evergreen Lake

Evergreen Lake hasn't yet opened for the 2019-2020 season, but keep checking their website for the most up-to-date information. This spectacular 8.5 acre stretch of ice with 11 hockey rinks and a huge public skating area hosts skaters from around the Denver metro area and is considered one of the top 10 skating venues in the world. This magnificent layout is situated next to statuesque ponderosa pines and the Evergreen Golf Course, and is a short walk to downtown Evergreen. Take a break from your skating adventure inside the breathtaking Evergreen Lake House where you’ll find hot chocolate and snacks from the concession area. Relax next to the giant stone fireplace and appreciate the awe-inspiring mountain views. There is a clothing and apparel shop on site for any last-minute warm clothing needs. Admission to the rink is $8 for adults, $7 for youth (4-17), and $6 for seniors (60+) and military. Skate rentals are available. The rink hours are as follows: Monday-Friday, 3:30-7 p.m.;  and Saturday and Sunday,  8 a.m.-7 p.m. Check website for holiday hours. Group broomball rates and private ice rink rental are available. Always call the skating hotline (720-880-1391) before you leave for the lake. Hours and days are subject to change due to fluctuating weather and ice conditions.  

(Editor's note: This blog was originally published in January of 2019. It has been updated to provide current information).



Posted by Pat O'Connor

Pat O’Connor has dual citizenship in both Wisconsin and Colorado, having been born and raised in Wisconsin Dells, but later adopted by the Centennial State. A graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. Journalism, 1980), O’Connor began her career as a sportswriter at the Boulder Daily Camera under the tutelage of the venerable Dan Creedon. Her experience also includes stints in public relations at Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Colorado Trial Lawyers and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. When she isn’t piecing together sentences, the self-proclaimed “Cheesehead” enjoys hanging out with her three kids and assortment of family pets, running, playing golf, hiking 14ers, horseback riding and skiing. As a mother to two (at one time three) competitive swimmers, her favorite fragrance is eau de chlorine. During football season, she can be found cheering for the Buffs on Saturdays and screaming when the Packers score on Sundays. She loves talking sports and giving recommendations on cheese curds.



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