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Old 02-12-2018, 03:55 PM
 
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Hello,
We are heading to Minneapolis in a few days and wanted to know if the outdoor hockey rinks are basically free for all or is there some king of organization? Would be cool to just hop on and mess around.
I have played on a few in Chicago when I was younger and everyone just made it work. There was nobody in charge usually.

Any recommendations on rinks? I have looked them up on the parks and recreation board but I really don't know anything about Minneapolis so I thought I would check here. I would like to just get some practice in with my 12 year old before the Gopher State tournament.

We are staying at the Doubletree Park Place but don't mind driving a bit if it recommended.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:23 PM
 
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There are rinks everywhere.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/ice-skatin...t-paul-2369787
https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/p...ties/ice-rinks
https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Outside the Aldrich indoor ice arena is a large rink where bandy is played.
https://www.thelocal.se/20160229/ban...nning-converts
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:32 PM
 
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https://www.minneapolisparks.org/act...ies/ice_rinks/

I am not familiar with parks in Minneapolis, I am from a suburb, but basically same set up in Minneapolis. Look for one with a warming house, they usually have a bathroom and a park employee attendant. The ones at parks are generally free. Some will have a hockey rink and one for everyone else. Usually you can go on hockey rink unless being used for practice. Do you have your own skates? I have a feeling not. There are probably /maybe a rink that rents, city parks I doubt have rentals.

I found on the park site they have loaner skates.
https://www.minneapolisparks.org/ren...pment_rentals/

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Old 02-12-2018, 05:10 PM
 
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If you are staying at the Double Tree near the intersection of Hwy 100 and 394 there is a beautiful park extremely close to you, Theodore Wirth Park, you can rent some stuff there but no rink at that park. You can go on the tubing hill with rented tubes. You can pick up some cheap sleds from Target or a Walmart and go sledding, there are some good hills there.

https://www.minneapolisparks.org/par...group_2_151973
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:35 PM
 
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Thank for the replies. Yes, we have skates and hockey gear. We don't require rentals.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:41 PM
 
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Oh yeah! We already looked into this park because we want to go snow tubing as well. We already have some tubes and sleds.

Thank You

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If you are staying at the Double Tree near the intersection of Hwy 100 and 394 there is a beautiful park extremely close to you, Theodore Wirth Park, you can rent some stuff there but no rink at that park. You can go on the tubing hill with rented tubes. You can pick up some cheap sleds from Target or a Walmart and go sledding, there are some good hills there.

https://www.minneapolisparks.org/par...group_2_151973
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:12 PM
 
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https://www.minneapolisparks.org/act...ies/ice_rinks/

I am not familiar with parks in Minneapolis, I am from a suburb, but basically same set up in Minneapolis. Look for one with a warming house, they usually have a bathroom and a park employee attendant. The ones at parks are generally free. Some will have a hockey rink and one for everyone else. Usually you can go on hockey rink unless being used for practice. Do you have your own skates? I have a feeling not. There are probably /maybe a rink that rents, city parks I doubt have rentals.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:17 PM
 
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Oh yeah! We already looked into this park because we want to go snow tubing as well. We already have some tubes and sleds.

Thank You
Grew up not too far from Theodore Wirth Park. Parents would drop us off there with a few buck for hot coco and spend half the day sledding around the whole park. It's a golf course in the summer, very old cool building /ski shalet.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:19 PM
 
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If it’s warm out, here’s some outdoor refrigerated rinks that are free in St Paul

Palace Park
781 Palace Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
United States

North Dale Rec Area
1414 Saint Albans St N
Saint Paul, MN 55117
United States

John Rose Oval in Roseville is largest refrigerated sheet of ice in North America or world, plus has a speed skating rink. It’s costs some money to play at, but you can skate there when it’s 50 degrees out.

Roseville Ice Arena
2660 Civic Center Dr
Saint Paul, MN 55113
United States

Every park in Twin cities has a rink with warming house, it’s hard to not find one.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:53 PM
 
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I too am from the suburbs, but there are several in my area, all are free. They keep the lights on at night, and in addition to the rinks they flood the parking lots as well so that families can skate and not feel as though they are interfering with any type of hockey game. Every now and then I find a 3 on 3 hockey game, but most of the time they are either empty, or have 1 or 2 people practicing. No crowds at all.....
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