MetroParks Ice Rink opens Thanksgiving weekend

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MetroParks Ice Rink opens Thanksgiving weekend

MetroParks Ice Rink opens Thanksgiving weekend

The region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink opens at Riverscape Friday, Nov. 25.

MetroParks Ice Rink opens Thanksgiving weekend

Season-long, family-friendly fun on the banks of the scenic Great Miami River in downtown Dayton

Offering a safe, family-friendly experience for skaters of all ages, the MetroParks Ice Rink will officially open on Friday, Nov. 25, at RiverScape MetroPark. Offering beautiful views of the Great Miami River in downtown Dayton, the MetroParks Ice Rink is the region’s largest outdoor ice rink. The rink is located at the RiverScape pavilion and is wheelchair accessible.

Admission to the MetroParks Ice Rink under the pavilion at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., is $7 daily, and visitors can rent ice skates for $3. Children younger than 3 are free with a paying adult. There is no charge for those who are not skating. 

Reduced admission and skate rentals are available for those who utilize SNAP/EBT benefits. Customers just need to present their SNAP/EBT card to receive a 50% discount, which is $3.50 admission and $1.50 skate rental. Reduced admission is available thanks to the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation’s Access to Nature financial assistance program.

“We’re incredibly happy to work with the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation to help remove financial barriers, facilitating equitable access for everyone to experience family time on the ice and remain active outdoors during the winter,” said Kenton Curtis, MetroParks regional manager of business operations. “We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the rink this season. It’s a joy to see people making memories here with their families and holiday guests.”

Season passes to the MetroParks Ice Rink are available, see our website for details. 

Ice Skating in downtown DaytonWork off that extra piece of pumpkin pie and treat out-of-town guests to a seasonal skate during the grand opening weekend following the Thanksgiving holiday. Opening weekend hours for the MetroPark Ice Rink are:

  • Friday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27, 1 to 5 p.m.

The MetroParks Ice Rink will be open through February 26, including special holiday hours during Christmas, New Year’s and more. The rink will also host select 2nd Street Market vendors for Holiday Mini Market shopping events. Visit for a complete schedule.

Visitors can stay warm under the MSD Warming Zone. The Comfort Tent is adjacent to the rink and provides skaters with a warm place to take a break from the winter weather. Additionally, warm snacks and beverages will be available at the RiverScape Café.

Skating lessons for children, teens and adults are held at the rink throughout the season and cover basic skills that provide the confidence skaters need to feel comfortable on the ice. The Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation’s Access to Nature financial assistance program is available to cover a portion of the cost of skating lessons for qualifying families in Montgomery County. Learn more and apply at

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    Five Rivers MetroParks
    Five Rivers MetroParks protects the region's natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Bike rentals are available.