BY EVERETT EATON AND MARGARET TEWS
1. Slice of Ice at Red Arrow Park
920 N. WATER ST.
The classic downtown setting on Water Street captures the beauty of the Milwaukee architecture and the nearby Milwaukee River.
2. Riverwest People’s Ice Rink
3129 N. BREMEN ST.
Its name speaks for itself. Everyone is invited to come to this rink free of charge.
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3. Eble Park Ice Arena
19400 W. BLUEMOUND RD., BROOKFIELD
This indoor ice arena takes a classic look and has open skating options. Specific hours are listed on its website.
4. Humboldt Park
3000 S. HOWELL AVE.
Volunteers maintain ice that freezes over in the park. No registration is required, but this rink is weather permitting.
5. Lowell Park
2201 MICHIGAN AVE.
This rink is near the warming shelter and is also open if conditions are favorable. There is a sledding hill nearby if gliding over ice is not your cup of hot cocoa.
6. Lake Park
N. LAKE PARK RD.
This is another naturally frozen patch of ice in the Frederick Olmstead park near the North Point Lighthouse. Check the weather before arriving to ensure the conditions are favorable.
7. The Dinky Rink at Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. WATER ST.
Milwaukee area’s smallest ice rink can only hold up to eight people at a time, and requires registration but is free.
8. Pettit National Ice Center
500 S. 84TH ST.
Skate on the ice where the Admirals skate, public skate is open every day this month, except Dec. 25 and children under three skate for free.
9. Konkel Park
5151 W. LAYTON AVE., GREENFIELD
Greenfield’s Konkel park has a natural ice skating rink that operates following a schedule of “Mother Nature,” meaning it’s open when it’s cold enough and when the sun rises. The rink is free to skate, and skates are free to rent.
10. Wilson Ice Arena
4001 S. 20TH ST.
This rink in Wilson Park has a rink that does not require a reservation and is open throughout the year and every Monday through Thursday this month. Plan ahead and go with a group for discounted rental rates.
11. Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. BROWN DEER RD., RIVER HILLS
Imagine ice skating among art – how romantic? Weather permitting, the Lynden Sculpture Garden will have ice skating on their pond when (and if) it freezes.
12. Ozaukee ice Center
5505 PIONEER RD. #144N, MEQUON
The Ozaukee Ice Center may only be open on Sundays, but they do have $3 skate rentals.
13. Cedar Creek Park Rink
N54 W5900 PORTLAND RD., CEDARBURG
This rink at the park is lit for evening skating, and it closes when the temperature falls below zero and after snowstorms (until it can be plowed).