Whether you prefer an outdoor rink or indoor skating experience there’s a good patch of ice to skate on from Marquette to Traverse City. Lace-up some skates and go ice skating in Northern Michigan this winter season

Civic Center’s Howe Arena in Traverse City

Although it isn’t free to skate at the indoor ice rink, they have several options for open skate during the week including a weekly “Twilight” (no, not the vampire series) open skate.

Suttons Bay Parks & Recreation

Enjoy pick-up hockey games and free skating at the Suttons Bay outdoor rink, located on the corner of Broadway & Lincoln St.

Griffin Arena in Harbor Springs

On Tuesdays and Thursdays this indoor rink offers a special “Stick and Puck” open skate from noon to 1:30 and then a regular open skate after from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Each open skate costs $5 and renting skates is $3.

The Homestead in Glen Arbor

The Homestead offers an outdoor ice rink that’s free to use. No skates? No problem! Skates can be rented for a small fee from Mountain Flowers. Once you’re done, a hot chocolate or a warm meal are just steps away.

Kaliseum in Kalkaska

They offer open skate sessions at their indoor rink Monday—Thursday. Prices range from $4-$6.

Marquette Commons Ice Rink in Marquette

A free outdoor ice rink that is open from Thursdays through Sunday from noon to 8 pm. Chilly? Get some feeling back into your fingers in the warming hut.

Mt. McSauba Recreation Area in Charlevoix

An outdoor rink that is open Monday—Sunday at various times for open skating. $5 for open skate and to rent ice skates.

Winter Sports Park in Petoskey

Enjoy skating on two large outdoor rinks. When you’re done gliding around, check out the warming house that includes a fireplace, seating, concessions and more!  Skating is free, but skates can be rented for $5 a pair.

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