On Thick Ice: 4 Fly Ice Skating Rinks

Did you rock the Dorothy Hamill ‘do back in elementary school? Who didn’t? Winter brings a bevy of gleeful activities and perhaps none are more nostalgic than hitting the ice rink. Here are four superb spots to practice your Axels and bunny hops. These rinks are great for even the most timid of skaters, but if you’re worried about crowds, call ahead of time for their recommendations.

lloyd center ice rink

Lloyd Center Ice Rink
Our best known ice skating rink is the indoor Lloyd Center Ice Rink, conveniently located right in the Lloyd Center shopping mall. Lloyd Center is ideal for inexperienced skaters because you don’t get hot-shot skaters zooming by your weary preschooler at break-neck speeds. Don’t forget to bring some quarters for a locker rental to stash your stuff while you skate.

Open skate every day of the week. Costs are $6.50 for one time, $9.50 for all day/holidays and $3.50 for skate rentals. Holiday rates apply on November 23 –  December 1 and December 21 – January 5.

Lloyd Center Mall (bottom floor)
953 Lloyd Center
Portland, Or

6 after 6 in East Vancouver

Mountain View Ice Arena
All ages and levels welcome. It says so right on their home page.  This is a bustling ice arena that offers every ice activity imaginable for kids and families, including hockey, figure skating and holiday break camps for mini skaters. They’re even rocking a Winter Wonderland Ice Show on Friday, December 20th from 6:30 – 8:00. A quick drive up the 5 to Vancouver and you’re there.

Public skates happen every day. Pricing is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for 5s and under and over 55s. There are discounts for the last hour and a skate rental is $2.25

Mountain View Ice Arena
14313 SE Mill Plain Boulevard
Vancouver, Wa

sherwood ice arena

Sherwood Ice Arena
An NHL-sized ice arena like Sherwood Ice Arena is a rad place to take your icicles. In fact, Their public skates happen every day and costs $9 for adults and are free for 4s and under (and include skate rental) with a paying adult. Their prime time skate is $11 an hour – Tuesday evenings and Saturdays. They also shine with a Sunday Family Pass: 2 Adults, 2 Children for $30.

Sherwood Ice Arena
20407 SW Borchers Drive
Sherwood, Or


Winterhawks Skating Center
Your fam will love ice skating at the home of the champion Winterhawks hockey team. Aw yeah.  We can pretend to skate like a pro here, even if we fall constantly. Public skates are not too crowded, but do layer up.  This rink is known to be extra chilly.

$7 for public admission and $3 to rent skates. Kid skaters 5 and under skate free with a paid grown up.

Winterhawks Skating Center
9250 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Or

On Thin Ice
Don’t forget to bundle up. Indoor ice skating rinks are arctic and you’ll want coats that you can easily move in, hats for keeping little ears warm and gloves that will keep your hands off the ice, just in case you fall. Double check all schedules for holiday closures and extra fees.

What rink do you visit to practice your figure eights? Tell us in the comment section below!

– Liz Overson and Katie Kavulla

photo credit:  Lloyd Center Ice Rink, Mountain View Ice Arena, Sherwood Ice Arena and Winterhawks Skating Center Facebook Pages

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