Best Places to Ice Skate | Cincinnati & Dayton

Best Places to go Ice Skating in Cincinnati & Dayton:

It’s time to kick off your shoes, lace up those skates and hit the ice!

Gather your family together and check out these ice skating locations where fun and exercise go hand-in-hand. We’ve rounded up lots of options, both indoors and out, that offer family-friendly times and skate rentals. Don’t be afraid if you have never ice skated before – some rinks offer instruction!

Keep your eyes peeled for great holiday deals too. With any visit you make, remember to dress warmly and in comfortable layers! (As always, skate times are subject to change so we recommend contacting the venue to confirm before going.)

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Best Places in Cincinnati to go Ice Skating Outdoors:

Fountain Square

520 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH

A favorite of both locals and visitors, ice skating, and now bumper cars, on Fountain Square have become a family-friendly tradition in the heart of downtown Cincinnati each winter! The UC Health Ice Rink, presented by Fifth Third Bank, is open daily through February and offers 90-minute sessions. Reservations are available 3 weeks in advance.

Summit Park

4335 Glendale Milford Rd. Blue Ash, OH
The under-the-radar ice rink is great for all ages. All restaurants will be open during their respective hours, and Nanny Belles will have an outdoor cart selling snacks, drinks, hand warmers, gloves and more.

WinterFest at Kings Island

6300 Kings Island Dr. Kings Mills, OH

Glide down the ice on the shimmering, majestic Royal Fountain, transformed for the holiday season into one of the most scenic and largest ice skating venues around. In front of the ice rink, picturesque polar bears welcome guests as they enter the park. Non-skating guests can take in the enchanting views of Snow Flake Lake while taking in other sights and sounds that capture the spirit of the season.

Fifty West Brewing

7605 Wooster Pike Cincinnati, Ohio 45227

50 West transforms its summer beer garden to a winter-long ice skating rink, complete with visits from Santa! Grab a famous burger and fries (can’t forget the fry sauce!), lace up the skates and enjoy free skating for children under age 4.

50 West Brewing

Best Places in Cincinnati to go Ice Skating Indoors:

Goggin Ice Center

610 S. Oak St. Oxford, OH 
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Put this one down for both Cincinnati and Dayton – located in Oxford, Goggin Ice Center is the home of the Miami University Hockey Team. This indoor ice rink has two sheets of ice, and one is available during certain times for free skate. You can even host your kid’s birthday party or take skating lessons at Goggin!

Northland Ice Center

10400 Reading Rd, Evendale, OH
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Whether wanting to compete, learn or just have a great time, Northland Ice Center is the place for the whole family to skate. Open year round indoor!

Sports Plus

10765 Reading Rd. Cincinnati, OH
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This unique, family-friendly sports, dining and entertainment facility is the perfect way to spend your day. Take a break from the ice and experience activities including the basketball court, zip-line course or even the smoothie cafe!

Northern Kentucky Ice Center

2638 Anderson Rd. Cresent Springs, KY
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The Northern Kentucky Ice Center offers Public Skating sessions all week long. Bring your friends, families, a date or come alone to enjoy some time on the ice. Public skating sessions are open to all ages and skill levels. Whether just a beginner that hugs the rail or an advanced skater, you will get a healthy dose of both fun and exercise.

Best Places in Dayton to go Ice Skating Outdoors:

MetroParks Ice Rink

237 E. Monument Ave. Dayton, OH
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This rink has something for everyone: beginners’ lessons, open skating, broomball and curling, not to mention hot chocolate and music. Ice skating is a great way to experience the outdoors during the cooler weather and provides a winter tradition for Miami Valley families looking for something fun to do together.

Best Places in Dayton to go Ice Skating Indoors:

Kettering Ice Arena

3600 Shroyer Rd. Kettering, OH
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Located inside the Kettering Recreation Complex, the Kettering Ice Arena is proud to host youth and adults involved in figure skating, ice hockey, ice skating lessons and leisure skating. The Kettering Ice Arena also has rental skates, lockers and a heated seating area for spectators. At various times throughout the week, we host open skates, freestyle sessions for figure skaters, private and group skate lessons and stick time.

South Metro Ice

10561 Success Ln. Centerville, OH
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South Metro Sports offers public ice skating throughout the calendar year, please check the schedule for days and times. 


Now that you have the best places to skate, do you have your skating essentials?

If your child is a beginner, they may want to wear snow pants – so their clothes don’t get wet when they fall. Helmets are also a great way to keep your little ones safe. And waterproof gloves and a hat are a must! Have fun and make this winter the best EVER!

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