Changing seasons are one of the best things about living in St. Louis. Cold-weather activities like ice skating are a great way to spend an afternoon with family and friends, enjoying the winter season. There certainly are no shortages of facilities available to you in the area to plan an active and enjoyable day gliding across the ice with all the enthusiasm of your favorite olympic figure skating or hockey champion.
Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park
400 Jefferson Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
The largest outdoor rink in the midwest is right here in St. Louis, just waiting for you to glide across the ice while you enjoy the beauty of Forest Park. Public skating is offered every day, regardless of the temperature, and admission is also valid all day, so come and go as you please. The Snowflake Café has everything from appetizers to burgers and sandwiches. The cafe’s hot chocolate will warm the youngsters and beer and wine is available for adults.
16851 N. Outer 40 Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63005
The love of ice skating crosses generational boundaries. A day at the rink is a great way for folks of any age to enjoy each other’s company and share some healthy exercise. Hardee’s Iceplex has everything you require for a day of ice skating fun in the Chesterfield Valley. It offers public sessions, freestyle figure skating and a variety of skating lessons for a variety of skating enthusiast levels. It’s also a great place to have birthday parties or to play hockey. The Grille has drinks, snacks, sandwiches, wraps and salads for those that work up an appetite on the ice. The facility is open seven days a week.
Shaw Park Ice Rink
231 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63117
The day after Thanksgiving always marks the opening of Shaw Park Ice Rink. Come out and enjoy the cool, crisp weather and work off some of that holiday feast in beautiful Shaw Park. The outdoor rink is open weekends through February. Take lessons, play hockey or enjoy your birthday party at this beautiful outdoor rink while you also enjoy the atmosphere of beautiful downtown Clayton.
St. Peters Rec-Plex
1 St. Peters Centre Blvd.
St. Peters, MO 63376
The Rec-Plex offers a multitude of sporting and workout opportunities, but if you are an ice skating lover, you will love the Rec-Plex’s ice rinks. Yes, that’s right, there is more than one rink at this location. There are three rinks in St. Peters for skating lovers to play hockey, take skating lessons, enjoy figure skating or have parties. It’s all covered here. The Rec-Plex is a one-stop shop for a day of fun with family and friends because it not only offers skating and other activities galore, but there’s a snack shop for the famished if you have managed to work up an appetite from your sporty recreation.
Creve Coeur Ice Arena
11400 Olde Cabin Road
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
There’s a little Michelle Kwan or Wayne Gretzky in all of us and Creve Coeur Ice Arena may be just the place for you to live out your skating fantasies. Creve Coeur Ice Arena has a full range of services and amenities for anyone who wants to skate in the West County area. Figure skating and hockey clubs are available as well as public skating and party facilities. The complex is open year round and offers very reasonable rates.
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