Best Places to Go Ice Skating in Indianapolis | Where to Chill Out Year Round

Have you ever taken your kids ice skating? We recently took Scout, our seven-year-old, for her first ice skating experience and it was fun! Our firstborn child, Lulu, went ice skating when she was four and I couldn’t get her off the ice! Scout was a little more careful, holding the rail all the way around the rink, using it to pull herself along. Twice I was able to get her to hold my hand and try to come out a little further on the ice skating rink, but she was very apprehensive. By the time it came time to leave, she didn’t want to go despite the fact she was barely moving at the pace of a snail.

Ice Skating Rinks in Indianapolis

One of our favorite things to do in the winter is to go ice skating because it just seems like something you should do in the winter! Here are the best indoor ice skating rinks and outdoor ice skating rinks in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. Beginner ice skaters are welcome, as there are ice skating classes available and skate aids or skate mates can be rented at many of the locations. If you have the next forward or defense for the Indy Fuel Hockey Team, many ice rinks have special Stick & Puck times so kids can work on their hockey skills.

Ice Skating in Indianapolis

 

The Ice Rink at Holliday Park 

6363 Spring Mill Rd, Indianapolis

New in 2022, Holliday Park will provide residents and visitors to Indianapolis a beautiful outdoor location for ice skating in a favorite local park. The Ice Rink at Holliday Park will open to the public on November 25 and close January 29. Hours are from 11 am-9 pm daily. Admission can be purchased in advance online, or at the gate with limited availability, for $13 per person. Ages 4 and under are free. Skate rental is included in your ticket price. Enjoy concessions near the rink, including beer and wine available on Fridays and Saturdays!
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State Fairgrounds Youth Pavilion Ice Rink

1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis

The Youth Pavilion is part of the giant Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Pavilion hosts youth hockey programs and public ice skating as well as birthday parties. The Youth Pavilion is managed by the Indy Fuel Tank. Public ice skating sessions take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, see the Pop Weaver Pavilion website for skate times.
Admission is $9, Skate rental $3. (There is a $10 parking fee at the Fairgrounds and you may be charged depending on the events occurring at the Fairgrounds.)
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Ice Skating After Indy Fuel Hockey Games

1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis

On select game nights, fans can ice skate with the Indy Fuel team after the game. Skate rental is included on a first-come, first-served basis. Dress ready to skate after cheering for the Indy Fuel!
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Perry Park

451 E Stop 11 Rd, Indianapolis

Public ice skating is a seasonal offering at Perry Park. Check their website for public skate times and any closures due to hockey tournaments. Perry Park Ice Rink admission is $5 for children (17 & under), $6 for adults, and $3 for non-skating guests. Skate rentals are $3 and Skate Helpers can be rented for $5.
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Ice Skating in Fishers

 

Fuel Tank

9022 East 126th Street, Fishers

TWO skating rinks are open for public skating most weekends during the fall and winter months and during the week. Check the schedule to confirm public skate times. Indy Fuel Tank in Fishers also offers ice skating birthday parties.
Admission is $9 for ages 4 and up, and skate rental is $3 for all ages.
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Ice Skating in Carmel

 

The Ice at Carter Green

10 Center Green, Carmel

This large outdoor ice skating rink opens in mid-November along with the Carmel Christkindlmarkt and is available through February 26. The cost for adults and youth 11 and up is $10 and children’s admission is $8. Skate rental is an additional $4. Skate times vary from Thursday through Sunday, with occasional hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Carmel Ice Skadium

1040 3rd Avenue SW, Carmel

This rink has ice skating year-round. Be sure to check the calendar for public skate times because Carmel hosts the Zionsville Arctic Eagles Ice Hockey team, as well as several leagues and lessons. Ages 10 and under pay $8 admission, and ages 11 and up pay $9. Skate rental is $4. The Ice Skadium also offers “Stick and Puck” times!
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Ice Skating in Westfield

 

Arctic Zone Ice Plex

16616 Southpark Drive, Westfield

Arctic Zone is open for public skating year-round. There are also “Stick and Puck” times and Cosmic Skate. Check the calendar for a public skate schedule. Admission is $8 for 10 and under, $9 for 11 and up. Skate rental is $4.
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Ice Skating in Noblesville

 

Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza

175 Logan Street, Noblesville

Generally, the Ice Plaza is open during the holiday season and features fun, themed skate nights and activities. The rink will open on November 19 and close on January 9 in 2022. Admission is $13 for adults and $11 for children, including skate rental. Passouts are allowed, so you can leave for lunch or shopping and come back on the same day for no extra cost.
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Ice Skating in Columbus

 

Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena

2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus

This year-round facility offers public skate times, as well as lessons, camps, and clubs. Check their calendar for open skate times. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $6 for children (5-17), and skate rental is $2. Children 4 & under are free, although you’ll have to pay for the skate rental. They also offer season passes and a family season pass.
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Ice Skating in Kokomo

 

The Frozen Sandlot

400 S Union St, Kokomo

For the holiday season, Kokomo transforms its Municipal Stadium into an outdoor ice rink with real ice. All skaters pay $7 to skate all day, and admission is just $5 if you bring your own skates. Your fees go directly towards supporting the Bridges Outreach, which works to provide mentoring and tutoring to area youth. The rink opens the day after Thanksgiving and closes on January 8 in 2022. Please note that excepting the weeks surrounding Christmas, there are no public skate times on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. All skaters will need to fill out a waiver prior to participation.

What to Wear for Ice Skating with Kids

We always wear our jeans with wool socks and a long-sleeved shirt with a sweatshirt and a coat on top. I put the kids in gloves and some sort of head cover that protects their ears from the cold. Often, they’ll end up in just their sweatshirt and gloves, but I’ve found that dressing them in layers works really well in case it’s cold or windy.

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