Brenton Skating Plaza

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Skating Season starts Nov. 19, 2021.

Brenton Skating Plaza is an outdoor ice skating facility located in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa. From November to March, the facility offers open air skating for all ages.

Located on the Principal Riverwalk along the Des Moines River, this ice skating facility and family entertainment venue opened in 2006 thanks to a gift from the Brenton Foundation.

Work doing something you love! We are now hiring for seasonal positions at Brenton Skating Plaza.
Seasonal Cashier
Seasonal Recreation Specialist

Check back for future updates about special events, rentals and more!

Brenton Skating Plaza
520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Text BRENTONSKATING to 84483 to receive notifications about closures and special discounts.

2021-2022 Season   Nov. 19 – March 27

Day Hours
Monday 5–9 p.m. 5–9 p.m.
Tuesday 5–9 p.m. 5–9 p.m.
Wednesday 5–9 p.m. 5–9 p.m.
Thursday 5–9 p.m. 5–9 p.m.
Friday 5–11 p.m. 5–9 p.m.
Saturday Noon–11 p.m. Noon–9 p.m.
Sunday Noon–6 p.m. Noon–6 p.m.


Adult $9
Child (Ages 6–12) /
Senior (Ages 62+)
Child (Ages 5 and under) Free
Skate Rental (all ages) $5/pair
Punch Pass
(10 admissions & skate rentals)

Skating Sessions

Online registration for skating sessions will be made available when the skating season begins, and walk-up admission will be allowed if space allows. Each skating session will be limited to 110 people.

Each skating session will allow for 1 hour and 45 minutes of skating. Customers may arrive up to 15 minutes early for their scheduled session. Session times will include:

5-6:45 p.m.   7:15-9 p.m.
5-6:45 p.m.   7:15-9 p.m.   9:15-11 p.m.
Noon-1:45 p.m.   2:15-4 p.m.   4:30-6:15 p.m.   7-8:45 p.m.   9:15-11 p.m.
Noon-1:45 p.m.   2-3:45 p.m.   4:15-6 p.m.

To help everyone stay safe while enjoying Brenton Skating Plaza, visitors should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, social distance when possible, wear a face covering if they are not vaccinated, and stay home if they are sick.


Learn to Skate event

Learn to Skate

Free skating clinics on Dec. 11, Jan. 8, and Feb. 12.

More Details to Come

Santa at Brenton Skating Plaza

Holiday Promenade

A special tree lighting ceremony and celebration on Nov. 19.

More Details to Come