Discover The 7 Largest Ice Skating Rinks In Missouri This Winter

Written by Erica Scassellati
Published: November 10, 2023
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The winter months might be cold and bitter, but they also offer an opportunity for many fun activities. Ice skating is a great way to enjoy the cold and get in the holiday spirit. Some skaters prefer larger rinks that really let them fly across the ice. Today we’re diving into the seven largest ice rinks in Missouri that offer public skating for all individuals.

1. Old Kinderhook

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Old Kinderhook’s Ice Skating Rink transforms into multiple sand volleyball courts during the summer months.

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The Old Kinderhook Resort offers the only outdoor ice skating rink in central Missouri. Public skating begins in late November and continues through the end of February. A skate session costs $15 (including rental skates).

The rink also hosts youth ice hockey tournaments and exciting holiday events. Located in the Lake of the Ozarks, Old Kinderhook Resort features 84 hotel rooms, an enormous golf course, a restaurant, and a spa. During the winter visitors can enjoy the ice skating rink, as well as fire pits, s’mores, and hot chocolate.

In the summer the ice rink is converted into sand volleyball courts. Old Kinderhook’s website does not list the size of their ice rink. However, the space can easily accommodate two sand volleyball courts, so we’re estimating the rink’s size to be somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 square feet.

2. Summit Ice

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The ice rink Summit Ice hosts holiday events at their outdoor skating rink such as “Skate with Santa.”

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Summit Ice is an 8,000-square-foot ice rink located in Lee’s Summit, MO. The rink is open for public skating starting on November 17, 2023. Admission prices are $11 per person and $3 to rent skates, with discounts available for Lee’s Summit residents. Visitors can also rent helmets and skating aids.

The outdoor skating facility was built using beautiful glass panels, brushed aluminum railings, and an advanced chilling system, according to the City of Lee’s Summit. Summit Ice offers youth skating classes, birthday parties, group packages, and pond hockey sessions.

The facility includes restrooms and a concession building, as well as patio seating and multiple fire pits under twinkling lights during the Christmas season. Summit Ice also hosts “Skate with Santa” on December 16 and 23.

3. Bode Ice Arena

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George Bode Jr. left the city of St. Joseph his entire estate to be used for recreational purposes.

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Bode Ice Arena is an indoor ice skating rink in St. Joseph, MO. The rink is located within a 30,000-square-foot facility that provides rental gear, locker rooms, a concession stand, and even a warming room for skaters who can’t stand the cold.

The ice itself is 15,725 square feet. It offers public skating sessions as well as private sessions for parties, broomball, youth hockey, and figure skating.

Bode Ice Arena is named after George Bode Jr. A citizen of St. Joseph, Bode was a skilled banker who left his entire estate to the citizens of St. Joseph to be used toward anything pertaining to recreation. According to St. Joseph’s official website, the city was awarded over three million dollars.

4. Ice Zone

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Ice Zone was once the official practice spot for the NHL team the St. Louis Blues.

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Located in Hazelwood, MO. Ice Zone was once the official practice spot for the NHL team, the St. Louis Blues. The dimensions of an official ice hockey rink for the NHL are approximately 17,000 square feet. However, Ice Zone isn’t just for the pros.

The indoor arena offers public skating as well as figure skating lessons and a space for broomball and amateur hockey practice. Visitors can also rent out the rink for private events. Visiting Ice Zone is a unique experience. The rink is located within the St. Louis Outlet Mall, with a nearby pretzel stand for refreshments.

5. Jordan Valley Ice Park

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Jordan Valley Ice Park offers a practice space for ice hockey and figure skating.

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Located in Springfield, MO., Jordan Valley Ice Park includes two NHL-sized ice rinks. The multi-purpose arena offers a space for public skating and open-play hockey. The arena is the home of the Missouri State Ice Bears ice hockey team and also serves as a practice space for figure skaters. It even features party and broomball packages.

For a little over ten years, Jordan Valley Ice Park was known as Mediacom Ice Park, thanks to a $200,000 a year, 10-year naming rights agreement with Mediacom Communications Corporation. After this agreement expired, the venue went back to its original name.

The facility’s Pro Shop provides a place for guests to purchase any hockey or figure skating equipment they may need. Admission prices for public skating are: Adults: $7; Seniors 55 and Up: $6; Students (ID Required): $6; Children Ages 3-12: $6; and Children Ages 2 & Up: Free.

6. St. Peters Rec-Plex

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St. Peter’s Rec-Plex features NHL-sized skating rinks for open skating, as well as swimming pools, a fitness center, and more.

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The St. Peters Rec-Plex includes another NHL-sized ice skating rink, meaning that it should be around 17,000 square feet. In fact, the St. Peters Rec-Plex actually includes three NHL-sized indoor rinks in two buildings: Rec-Plex North and Rec-Plex South. 

At the original Rec-Plex North visitors can enjoy public skating sessions, figure skating, and hockey club programs. Groups can also rent out the rink for events or hockey/broomball games.

St Peters Rec-Plex isn’t just for ice skating. This incredible recreation center includes indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, a gymnasium, and more. Rec Plex also hosts events such as the Winter Wonderland on Ice Holiday Show.

7. Steinberg Skating Rink

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Steinberg Skating Rink is the largest ice skating rink in the state of Missouri at 27,500 square feet.

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Perhaps the ultimate ice skating experience in Missouri lies in St. Louis. Steinberg Skating Rink isn’t just the largest ice skating rink in Missouri — it’s the largest in the entire Midwest! The rink itself offers 27,500 square feet of frozen fun, but there’s more to do here than just skate.

Visitors to Steinberg Skating Rink can sit around the facility’s outdoor fire pits, sip hot chocolate, and watch the ice skaters. The Snowflake Cafe serves beverages, sandwiches, and other snacks for hungry skaters. In the summer months, Steinberg Skating Rink is converted into a roller skating rink.

Steinberg Skating Rink lies within Missouri’s historic Forest Park, so there’s plenty of beautiful scenery surrounding the outdoor rink. The rink is available for all ages and offers skate aids for purchase to help children on the ice.

General admission to Steinberg Skating Rink is $10 per person and $6 to rent a pair of skates. Group rates and season passes are also available and visitors can rent lockers from the rink to store their personal items.

Bonus! Crown Center Ice Terrace

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Crown Center Ice Terrace in Kansas City is worth a visit.

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The Crown Center Ice Terrace is located lies within Crown Center — an 85-acre entertainment and shopping complex in Kansas City, MO. We don’t know the exact size of the ice terrace, but Crown Center’s website states that the rink allows up to 200 skaters.

Ice skating at Crown Center is a holiday tradition for many Kansas City locals. Enjoy coffee and hot chocolate or visit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, which arrives at Crown Center every year from Oregon. Admission to the ice terrace for adults and children over four years old is $9, plus $5 for skate rentals.

Summary of the 7 Largest Ice Skating Rinks in Missouri

NumberIce RinkSizeLocation
1Old Kinderhook4,000 square feetLake of the Ozarks
2Summit Ice8,000 square feetLee’s Summit
3Bode Ice Arena15,725 square feetSt. Joseph
4Ice Zone17,000 square feetHazelwood
5Jordan Valley Ice Park17,000 square feet (X2)Springfield
6St. Peters Rec Plex17,000 square feet (X3)St. Peters
7Steinberg Skating Rink27,500 square feetSt. Louis

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Erica is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on history, food, and travel. Erica has over 3 years of experience as a content writer and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, which she earned in 2018. A resident of Kansas City, Erica enjoys exploring her home town and traveling around the world to learn about different cultures and try new food.

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