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May 29, 2023

Things We Like: Best Spots for Ice Skating this Season

Lace up your skates and head to the rink with your family and friends this season!

Skate right into the holiday season! Although I am not very coordinated, one of my favorite family winter activities is ice skating. Check out the best rinks in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati!


Ark Encounter (1 Ark Encounter Drive, Williamstown)
Open through December 30, 2019. Open seven days a week from 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Admission, $8 

This rink is no ordinary ice rink … it’s a Glice rink! The ice is synthetic so special skates are required, but it is included in the admission. Visitors can skate with an up-close view of the Ark.Go to for more information or call 855-284-3275.

Northern Kentucky Ice Center (2638 Anderson Road, Crescent Springs)
Admission, $8; skate rental, $3; $1 discount for ages 10 and younger.

Skate year-round in this indoor skating rink. Public skating is open December 13, 7:30 p.m.; 14 and 15, 1 p.m.. 
To check their calendar for future public skating times and for more information, go to or call 859-344-1981.


Fountain Square (38 Fountain Square Plaza, Cincinnati)
Open through February 2, 2020; open seven days a week; hours of operation vary. 
Admission, $6; skate rental, $4; parking garage fee may apply.

Take in the city lights while skating and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate after!
Go to for more information or call 513-381-0782.

Summit Park (4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash)
Open through January 5, 2020; hours of operation vary.

Admission, $6 per guest/$5 for a group of three or more (includes skate rental).
Skate under a beautiful pavilion and grab a bite to eat in their Community Room or at a nearby restaurant.
Go to for more information or call 513-745-6259.

WinterFest- Kings Island (6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason)
Open through December 31, 2019; days and hours of operation vary.
WinterFest Admission, $29.99 (various discounts applicable); skating, $15 (includes skates); Cincinnati Family tip: when purchasing ice skating tickets, you will choose a time to skate (5, 7 or 9 p.m.); please note, these tickets can sell out, arrive early to sign a waiver and try on skates.

If you plan on visiting WinterFest, make unforgettable memories and ice skate on Snow Flake Lake with a beautiful view of the iconic fountain in the middle of the rink.
Go to for more information or call 513-754-5700.

About the Author

Kelsey Kreke

Kelsey is a 32-year-old stay-at-home mom. She loves hanging out with her son, refurbishing furniture and finding new places to explore in the local area!