Winter Rink

Winter Rink Logo
Winter Rink Logo

Open during Wild Lights

$7 with skate rental – $3 bring your own skates

The Winter Rink is not made of ice, but of a synthetic plastic known as Glice – a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers – so no water or electricity is required for operation. Choosing environmentally friendly options is part of our Green Journey.

Tickets are available at the Events Pavilion during Wild Lights.


Rules and Regulations

  • All session times are 25 minutes
  • Limited skate sizes available
  • Winter Rink open only during Wild Lights 5:30 to 9 p.m. select weeknights and Sundays 5:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (closed during daytime hours)
  • Only approved ice skates are allowed on the rink
  • Personal skates must be sharpened by Detroit Zoo rink staff prior to skating
  • Those participating in activities assume all inherent risks and responsibilities, whether spectator or participant
  • No children under the age of 4
  • Children under 12 must be directly supervised at all times by the adult responsible for their care
  • You must clear the ice immediately when your skate session ends
  • No shoes or boots allowed on the rink
  • No food or beverages allowed on the rink
  • Carrying children on the rink is prohibited
  • Skaters must skate with the flow of traffic
  • No more than three persons allowed to hold hands while skating
  • No fast or careless skating
  • Jumps and spins should be avoided when other skaters are near
  • No horseplay or potentially unsafe games allowed on the rink (e.g., tag or whip)
  • No rough play or use of equipment
  • Maximum capacity: 52 skaters
  • Detroit Zoological Society is not responsible for unattended, lost or stolen articles