Edit ModuleShow Tags

Gliding On Ice


Punxsutawney Phil may have missed his shadow earlier this month (early spring, according to a groundhog!), but that doesn’t stop the winter from dragging on, ad infinitum. By February, the warm light at the end of the tunnel feels positively dim. If you’ve already marathoned both seasons of Homeland and cabin fever is starting to set in, it’s time to face the facts: if you can’t beat the winter, you might as well enjoy it.

With that spirit, pile on the layers and channel your inner Michelle Kwan by hitting the ice at one of the Twin Cities’ ice skating rinks before the end of the season. We’ve rounded up our top three picks, both inside and out:

Lake of the Isles

Lake of the Isles
Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

The Depot: Located in the Riverfront District of Minneapolis, the former train shed houses a heated, indoor ice rink with floor-to-ceiling windows illuminating views of the downtown skyline. The rink is so beloved, in fact, that it has even been named one of the top ten best in America by USA Today. For $8 per adult ($7 more for skate rental), join the crowds that flock to the romantic setting. After you’ve finished skating, unwind with a glass of wine or hot cocoa and an on-site snack.

Lake of the Isles: Set among some of the grandest homes in the city, the complimentary ice rink on Lake of the Isles is as classic as it gets. On one end, makeshift hockey teams play pickup games, while nearby, newbie and veteran skaters alike make their way around the considerable oval. The lake is part of the Chain of Lakes Regional Park system and maintained by the city of Minneapolis. If you’re without gear, simply head over to the warming house and pick up a pair of skates to rent for free.

Powderhorn Lake: One of the city’s best-kept secrets, Powderhorn Lake lies just east of the more famous Chain of Lakes. Set within the larger Powderhorn Park, it would be easy to forget you’re in the middle of a big city—if not for the downtown skyline glittering in the background. The warming house serves up free hot chocolate and popcorn, and also provides complimentary ice skate rentals. For a small fee, there are even weekly skating lessons for newcomers to learn forward and backward skating, turns, spins and possibly even jumping.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

Twin Cities Sledding Hills

Grip it and rip it, it's time to shred some powder

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: February

This month's philanthropic food events: a "Chopped"-style competition, the Charlie Awards, and cocktails with your dog

The 39th Annual International Eelpout Festival

Join over 10,000 people for a weekend of ice fishing, good-hearted competition and family fun Feb. 23–25

13 Overlooked Photo Ops in Minnesota

From Duluth to Waite Park to St. Paul, these are the iconic MN photo ops you might not know about

Art Flourishes on Frozen Lake Harriet

The Lake Harriet Kite Festival and Art Shanty Projects combine for a day of art, whimsy, and entertainment on Lake Harriet.

Snowmobiling Through Minnesota

Try a new mode of transportation this winter: snowmobile

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: January

This month's philanthropic events: the winners of a pork showdown, and Swedish pottery

6 Places That Give MN Hipster Cred

Crocodiles and third-wave coffee and decomposing plushies—these are a few of our favorite (and most "hipster-y") things across the state

Sara Groves: Hymns in a Tiny Sanctuary

The singer recorded her latest album in the small church building that she transformed into a community center for creativity

Minnesota Businesses Adapt to Warmer Winters

As Minnesota winters get warmer, some businesses struggle, while others adapt the state's snowy identity

Go Deep: MN's Most Unique Tourist Spots

Destinations for those looking for the weirder, lesser-known side of the Twin Cities

So Much to Celebrate at the Best of Minnesota Party

Nearly 700 guests enjoyed Minnesota Monthly’s inaugural Best of Minnesota Party, on November 30, at Lumber Exchange Event Center, presented by The Saint Paul Hotel.

Not Your Typical Date Night Ideas

Scrap dinner and movie and try one of these unique date ideas instead.

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: December

Sue Z.'s ideas for giving back this holiday season include donating food while taking in the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train—and perusing food trucks
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags