When the temperatures start to drop, there’s nothing better than bundling up and hitting the ice skating rink. Gliding around the ice can be fun with friends, a great date or a fresh idea when you’re looking for things to do with the kids.
Luckily, there are some great spots for ice skating in Colorado Springs, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned skater. And many of them are open year-round. Here are some of our favorite spots to lace up the skates and enjoy an icy afternoon or evening out.
Skate in the Park
From November through February, Acacia Park hosts outdoor ice skating in downtown Colorado Springs. Spend an afternoon gliding around the rink with friends and family or pop over for one of their themed skates, such as Broncos Night or Skate with the Falcons when you can skate with the Air Force men’s hockey team.
Skating downtown is a holiday favorite, but the sparkling lights and nearby restaurants and watering holes make it a prime spot even after the carolers and gift shoppers are done for the year.
Sertich Ice Center
From three-month unlimited public skating memberships to single-sessions, the Sertich Ice Center is a go-to ice skating rink in Colorado Springs at Memorial Park. The indoor rink is open year-round and offers single-session passes, pickup hockey games and themed skate nights for all levels of experience, from beginner skaters to veteran puck heads.
Broadmoor World Arena Ice Hall
As a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site, the Broadmoor World Arena Ice Hall is home to many world-class figure skating champions. However, the Olympically inclined aren’t the only ones able to enjoy the ice.
Open year-round, the World Arena opens its two rinks to numerous public activities, including youth hockey leagues, pick-up hockey games and traditional public skating sessions. The rink is also home to learn to skate programs, the Broadmoor Skating Club, Colorado Gold Speed Skating Club and The Broadmoor Curling Club.
Cadet Ice Arena
You can catch an Air Force Hockey game at the Cadet Ice Arena and enjoy public skate sessions with friends. Located on the U.S. Air Force Academy, you’ll find figure skating sessions, beginner hockey classes and more year-round. This venue has been around since 1968 and remains a favorite rink on the north side of town.
Monument Ice Rinks
In addition to an NHL-sized ice rink, the popular Monument Ice Rinks built a brand-new second rink to double the fun. Guests can enjoy pick-up hockey games with friends, sign up for one of the many hockey clubs and leagues, take figure skating lessons or show up for public skate sessions.
Meadow Wood Ice Rink
What’s better than gliding or slipping across the ice with friends? Doing it for free. The Meadow Wood Ice Rink offers open skate and open hockey at no added cost. The outdoor rink is typically open from mid-December to mid-March each year, and it can also be reserved for private events.
After getting chilled on the rink, guests can retreat to the warming hut to get all toasty before heading home. Note that the Meadow Wood Ice Rink is temporarily closed for repairs, but expected to reopen in January 2022.