From outdoor skating to skating on ice named in honor of a hockey legend, the Omaha area is home to several ice skating rinks that allow open or public skating on a regular basis. Rent skates or bring your own, ice skating is a blast! Here’s a breakdown of Omaha’s favorite ice rinks.
Updates: This post was written in 2019 and has been updated in November 2021.
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Where to ice skate in Midtown Omaha
Motto McLean Ice Arena honors its namesake’s love for the ice by offering family specials, which include skate rentals, ice time and a drink. You can also bring your own skates to the Omaha Parks and Recreation arena on South 45th Street.
Motto McLean was a Canadian hockey player whose professional career brought him to Omaha, where he was a member of the Knights minor league team. He lived in Omaha for several years.
Tip: There is often a Groupon deal for a discount to ice skate at Motto McLean!
The University of Nebraska Medical Center usually hosts outdoor ice skating each winter, depending on weather. UNMC and other University of Nebraska system students and employees, as well as patients and their families, can skate for free with identification. The public can also skate for a small admission fee.
The rink, which is located between 40th and 42nd streets and Dewey and Emile streets, allows you to bring your own skates.
2021: This rink opens for the season on Nov. 27, 2021. Admission is $7 for the public (and includes skates), and FREE for UNMC, UNO, UNL, UNK, NE Medicine, Clarkson College students, employees & immediate family members (must present valid ID badge).
Omaha’s newest indoor ice skating facility, Grover Ice Arena offers public skating in addition to its hockey and broomball leagues. Bring your own skates or rent theirs for a nominal fee.
You’re sure to have a fun time skating on the ice at the former Scoco Supply building, near 60th Street, off of Interstate 80.
Grover Ice also offers skating lessons for people interested in learning to ice skate.
Baxter Arena, home of the UNO Mavericks’ hockey team and other sports, occasionally offers public skating.
Ralston ice skating
The Ralston Arena is home to the Omaha Lancers juniors hockey team. The Lancers have long been a power in the United States Hockey League. The arena has also hosted the Curling World Cup in 2018.
Ralston Arena also hosts open skating for the public throughout each month. You’ll want to check the arena’s website for dates and times, as well as admission fees. Bring your own skates and enjoy an hour or more on the ice.
West Omaha ice skating
The Tim Moylan Tranquility Iceplex boasts NHL- and Olympic-sized ice sheets, which present an outstanding opportunity for young hockey players to develop their skills. The iceplex is also home to outstanding figure skating facilities.
The Moylan Iceplex offers more than 1,500 hours of open skating for the public. Skate rental is included with your admission.
While you’re spending time at the ice rink, grab refreshments or something to eat at their concession stand.
Ice skating outside of Omaha
Located near Ashland, Neb., just off Interstate 80, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is home to a large outdoor ice skating rink.
Requiring a state park permit or a daily pass to enter, Mahoney offers an opportunity to enjoy a day outside skating and then checking out other activities at the park. The rink does have a $2 admission fee and skate rentals are $3 per person.
The season runs from early December through March. After spending time on the ice, you may want to check out sledding, ice fishing or cross country skiing.
Related post: Guide To Mahoney State Park In The Winter
More winter activities in Omaha
From outdoor skating downtown at the Capitol District to enjoying a leisurely skate at West Omaha’s Moylan Iceplex, Omaha is home to some fun and outstanding ice skating rinks. Strap on your blades and have a fun skate around town.
However, if you’re looking for more things to do when the weather gets cold, check out this list of 30+ Things To Do In Omaha In The Winter.
About the author
Tim Trudell is a freelance writer in Omaha, who cowrites The Walking Tourists blog with his wife, Lisa. Together, they have authored “100 Things to Do in Omaha Before You Die” and “Unique Eats and Eateries of Omaha.” He has also written articles for the Omaha World-Herald and Omaha Magazine.