Did you know that there are several places to go ice skating outdoors in the Rockford area? Ice skating outside allows you and your kids to enjoy the fresh air and burn off some energy after being cooped up indoors. We’ve put together a list of the outdoor ice rinks that you can visit in the Stateline to ice skate or play hockey.

For all locations, you skate at your own risk. Remember to dress warmly!

Here’s a list of the outdoor ice skating locations in the Rockford area.

Eclipse Lagoon Rockford, IL RACVB
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Eclipse Lagoon at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens
1354 N. 2nd Street, Rockford, IL

When: 9 am – 10 pm daily

Cost: Free

Skate rental: Bring your own or rent skates for $5 per person inside the Nicholas Conservatory on these days and times:

  • Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am – 4 pm (last rental at 3:15 pm)
  • Friday: 10 am – 8 pm (last rental at 7:15 pm)
  • Saturday: 10 am -3 pm (last rental at 2:15 pm)

The Eclipse Lagoon is located in the beautiful Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens.

The lagoon is open for ice skating and ice hockey when the ice is 4-6 inches thick. Hockey can be played on the north end of the lagoon only. Goals are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Heated restrooms are available in the outdoor pavilion. There are lights on the lagoon so people can safely skate in the dark. The RPD staff uses a resurfacer to keep the ice smooth.

Rockford Park District staff checks the ice on a daily basis and posts whether the lagoon is open or closed. To find out, call 815-987-8858, check Nicholas Conservatory’s Facebook page, or check the Rainout Line on the RPD website.

Places to Ice Skate Outdoors in the Rockford Area
Image credit: Belvidere Park District

Riverside Ice Arena at Doty Park
365 W. Locust Street, Belvidere, IL

When: Monday – Wednesday: 2 pm – 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 2:30 pm, 4:15 pm – 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Daily schedule may change. Check here before you go.

Cost: $5/adults (18 years old and up)
$3/children (4-17 years old)
Children three and under are FREE!
Skate rental $5 per person

The Riverside Ice Arena at Doty Park is an NHL regulation rink. There is also a warming house where skates can be rented and concessions can be purchased.

If you have a young skater in your family, you can rent Bobby the Seal to help them learn how to skate. This device allows kids to push it for balance or sit on it when they get tired. It costs $3 to rent Bobby with an ID.

To check if the rink is open, call the Rainout Line on the BPD website.

Riverside Ice Arena at Doty Park
365 W. Locust Street, Belvidere, IL

When: Monday – Wednesday: 2 pm – 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 2:30 pm, 4:15 pm – 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Daily schedule may change. Check here before you go.

Cost: $4/adults (18 years old and up)
$2/children (4-17 years old)
Children three and under are FREE!
Skate rental $2 per person

The Riverside Ice Arena at Doty Park is an NHL regulation rink. There is also a warming house where skates can be rented and concessions can be purchased.

If you have a young skater in your family, you can rent Bobby the Seal to help them learn how to skate. This device allows kids to push it for balance or sit on it when they get tired. It costs $3 to rent Bobby with an ID.

To check if the rink is open, call the Rainout Line on the BPD website.

Ice Rinks that Are Not Open for Open Skate This Year

Edwards Ice Arena / Tefler Pavilion in Beloit, Wisconsin has decided not to open for the 2020-2021 season.

Ice Rinks That Have Not Released Information for This Year

Village Green Ice Rink in Rockton, Illinois has not released information for their ice rink.

The new ice rink in Rockton located near the Rockton Athletic Field has not opened yet.

Do you plan on going ice skating outdoors this winter?

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