Ice skating is a favorite wintertime activity, and there are several options for ice skating in Columbus, whether you want to brave the outdoor cold on skating ponds, or stick to indoor ice skating rinks.
Ice skate rental is not available at most natural outdoor skating rinks, and may cost extra at indoor skating rinks. If you plan to skate several times, you’ll want to purchase your own pair of ice skates.
Amazon has a ice skates or all ages at all prices, or you could check Play-it-Again Sports to see if they have any used ice skates in stock. Ice skates are also available at many big box stores and sporting stores.
Note: It’s important to check links before you go to make sure there aren’t any scheduled changes, and to be aware of safety requirements. Reservations and/or masks may be required.
Looking to go sledding? Check out this big list of sledding hills in Columbus.
Special outdoor ice skating rinks
These options have synthetic ice to allow skating outdoor at above freezing temps. Some are only open during the holiday season.
Dublin Ice Rink at Riverside Crossing
Open November 25, 2022 through mid-March 2023.
The Dublin Ice Rink at Riverside Crossing is a temporary ice rink for the winter season. Cooling system allows rink to be used in temperatures up to 60 degrees.
Admission is $12 and includes skate rental. Guests can bring their own ice skates, but admission is still $12. Always check the City of Dublin website to ensure the rink is open or to verify hours. Located at 6635 Riverside Dr.
Merry on Main Iceless Ice Skating
December 10 – January 2, 2023
Iceless Ice Skating at Partners Park (125 E. Sixth St.)
A holiday favorite returns for another year! Skating is FREE for residents and visitors of all ages. Skates are provided for FREE.
The rink is 72′ x 40′ with perimeter fencing and outdoor heaters. The rink capacity is 80 skaters and is staffed by CPR/First Aid trained and background checked employees.
Mighty Children’s Museum Ice Skating
November 19-December 31, 2022
The Mighty Children’s Museum in Chillicothe has brought back the Ice Rink for the holiday season. Follow on Facebook for special events such as visits with Santa, Polar Express Nights, food vendors, and more fun events at the rink.
Rink Admission Cost: $5 per skater, card only
Hours of Operation: Thursday: 4p-8pFriday: 4p-9p, Saturday: 12p-9p, Sunday: 12p-5p
The Pump House Center of the Arts, 1 Enderlin Circle Chillicothe, Ohio
Indoor Ice Skating in Columbus
Chiller Ice Rinks
Chiller Ice Rinks at Easton, Lewis Center, Dublin and Downtown Ice Haus: Check public skate times and pricing for each location. No reservations required for public skate.
Tickets are $8-$15 for ages 6 and up. Skate rental is $4.
Family of 4 is $45, which includes Admission & Skate Rental – Noon Skate and Friday Night Meltdown Excluded, 5 and Under Price Does Not Apply.
The Ohio State University Ice Rink
390 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus. Phone: (614) 292-4154
Open skating is available to the public on select dates at The Ohio State University Ice Rink. Public admission is $5-$12 per person. Skate rental is free is admission.
Lou & Gibb Reese Ice Arena
936 Sharon Valley Rd, Newark. Phone: (740) 349-6784
Public Skating at Lou & Gibb Ice Arena is available most days during select times, including a weekday noon skate for only $3.50. Admission $3-$7, skate rental is $3.
Outdoor Ice Skating in Columbus
Most outdoor ice skating options won’t open until the weather is consistently cold and below freezing for a period of time.
Please check links to verify if outdoor rinks are open. We do not monitor if these are open for skating, and they can only be used when links or signs at the location indicate that they are open.
5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin.Hours (when open) are weekdays from 3 – 8:30 pm and weekends and school cancellations days from 10 am – 8:30 pm. Fireplaces in the pavilion provide for a nice warm up; restrooms are available. Skates are not available for rental. Hockey is not permitted. Signs will be posted along Coffman Drive when open, or check the City of Dublin website.
4265 East Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43017.
Skating Pond: Winter outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this one-foot deep, 0.4 acre pond
3711 Gardner Road, Georgesville OH 43123.
1/2 acre, 16 inch deep pond.
5202 US Route 23 North, Delaware, OH 43015.
Sledding hills and ice rink available.
7126 Blue Holly Drive.
The pond is drained in the winter to less than 24″ deep. The ice thickness is measured on a regular basis for safety
100 Lockville Rd, Pickerington
Posted signs and the Facebook page will show whether the rink is open or closed.
Remember…please DO NOT skate on any of these ponds when the No Skating signs are posted.
Ice Skating tba for Winter 2022/2023
Obetz Ice Rink
Open January 6, 2022 – tba (winter 2022/2023 dates tba)
Lancaster Park Ice Rink will be open to everyone this year.
Admission is FREE for Obetz residents. Non-residents must purchase a $5 day pass. You must bring proof of residency (Obetz water bill or recent paystub with Obetz income tax) with you on your first visit. Minors must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver on their first visit. Skates are available to rent. 4390 Lancaster Avenue
2-hour limits may be enforced on weekends (Saturday/Sunday). Closures may occasionally occur due to weather. Closures or delays will be posted to the Obetz Facebook page as soon as possible.
Skate Around Town at Easton
February 10-23, 2022. Dates are tba for 2023
Grab your friends and family and head to the Easton Ice Rink to Skate Around the Town on the artificial ice. Skaters can enjoy fun on the ice for FREE! You don’t even need to bring your own skates – they’ll have them for you to borrow!
Skating time varies; see schedule. Children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Skating may be cancelled for inclement weather. Time allotment may be limited based on demand.
Liberty Park Ice Rink
No details available for winter 2022/2023
This new ice skating option at Liberty Park in Powell/Delaware is now open! Admission is free; bring your own skates.
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