Winter. Some people try to pretend it doesn’t exist by staying inside, bundled up in blankets as much as possible until Spring comes, but for us it means the return of one of our favorite wintertime activities: ice skating.
We couldn’t just pick our Top 5, so we compiled a slightly longer list of our favorite ice rinks in St. Louis! So, forget your plans to join Hibernation Nation this winter. Embrace the cold air. Let Jack Frost nip at your nose. Savor the season with an ice skating tradition! Grab a friend and glide around some of the best ice rinks in style.
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One of the few remaining outdoor ice rinks in the area, Shaw Park Ice Rink charms visitors with its vintage design against the backdrop of the downtown Clayton skyline and the long standing oak trees in Shaw Park. They have plenty of public skate hours to accommodate novice to expert skaters as well as select times for those looking to be the next Blues superstar with their ‘Stick and Puck’ sessions.
231 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63117
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Steinberg Skating Rink is the largest outdoor ice skating rink in the Midwest, offering public skating all day, every day—including all holidays and they’re open no matter what the weather or temperature is. And if the mercury dips too much, you can take a break in the Snowflake Cafe for hot chocolate, sandwiches, and snacks. They’re open every day from mid-November to March 1st.
400 Jefferson Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
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The St. Louis Blues and Gateway Arch Park Foundation have teamed up again to bring an ice rink to the heart of downtown St. Louis at Kiener Plaza right off of Chestnut, across from the Arch and the Old Courthouse. Winterfest at the Arch kicked-off in mid-November and is open Thursday-Sunday every week and from 12 – 4 pm on Christmas Day!
Nov. 18 to Jan. 1
11:00am – 8:00pm Daily
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Housed inside the massive St. Peters Rec-Plex are 3 NHL-sized indoor ice rinks. THREE! Offering a figure skating program, multiple hockey programs, and of course, skate sessions that are open to the public, this place has you covered for winter activities. And if you’re done with the cold for the day, they also have The Natatorium, a 3,300-sq.-ft. heated family leisure pool with a huge 130-foot waterslide, current channel, and other awesome water activities for the whole family.
1 St. Peters Centre Blvd.
St. Peters, MO 63376
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Located inside of the St. Louis Outlet Mall in Hazelwood, Missouri, The iceZone is the official practice facility of our hometown hockey team, the St. Louis Blues. This indoor facility offers a wide variety of skating programs that encourage beginner skaters and challenge the more advanced. Public Sessions and freestyle figure skating is also offered on a regular basis. And if you get tired of skating, there’s an entire shopping experience right next door at the St. Louis Outlet Mall.
5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd.
Hazelwood, MO 63042
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Want to skate, but prefer the indoors? The Creve Coeur Ice Arena is an indoor ice arena facility and is open all year-round. Offering Learn to Skate programs, Stick and Puck sessions, and birthday parties it’s a great place to go if the weather gets too nasty.
11400 Olde Cabin Road
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
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The East Alton Ice Arena, located on the Illinois side, is managed by a not-for-profit corporation that is committed to serving their local community. They offer a variety of activities for the residents of East Alton and the surrounding area including open ice skating times, hockey stick and puck times for adults and kids, hockey leagues, skating lessons as well as birthday parties and private events.
631 Lewis and Clark Blvd.
East Alton, IL, 62024