Brenton Skating Plaza

East Village

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In a Nutshell

  • Skate in the open air
  • Open daily November–March
  • Excellent family activity
  • Skate rental included

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Mar 6, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Must redeem punch card in full by 3/6/11. Not valid with other offers. Redeemable across visits. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Spend some time frolicking through the fresh air of truth with today's Groupon: for $14, you get a punch card for four admissions and skate rentals at Brenton Skating Plaza, a lively outdoor rink located on Robert D. Ray Drive in the East Village (up to a $32 value). Adult admission passes are valued at $3.50–$5 each, depending on the time of day, and children's passes are valued at $2.50–$4 each, depending on the time of day. Your four-punch card can be redeemed in one visit or stretched out across multiple visits.

Reflections of nearby downtown lights dance across the surface of Brenton's shiny outdoor ice floor, where locals strap on skates and try their feet at figure eights or carving elaborate proofs to Fermat's last theorem. Feast on crisp, fresh air as you swoosh to energizing tunes and watch glittery snowflakes land triple salchows on the backs of your mittens. The solid-water playground is open every day—including holidays—November through March, with convenient open hours to suit the entire family's winter schedule.


Brenton Skating Plaza is mentioned as one of Iowa’s best ice-skating spots by Associated Content:

  • Brenton Skating Plaza is part of the Principal Riverwalk project that has effectively linked the east and west sides of the city with a combination of pedestrian bridges and walkways . When you skate at Brenton Skating Plaza you are in the midst of a modern development that beautifies the city and your skating experience and makes the Brenton Skating Plaza one of the best ice skating spots in Iowa and its all out of doors. – Nora Beane, Associated Content

Brenton Skating Plaza

Brenton Skating Plaza's outdoor ice-skating rink is comprised of a 160'x60' sheet of ice that can hold up to 220 skaters. There, skaters—equipped with one of 450 pairs of skates available for rent—can cut lines through the ice in the open air. Throughout the season, which stretches from November to March, the rink hosts skating lessons, broomball games, and public skating, 7 days a week and on holidays. Those looking to warm their insides or have a treat, can enjoy a hot chocolate or snack from the concessions offered on site.

Customer Reviews

Everyone was super nice and helpful
Heather H. · April 4, 2017
Friendly staff, good equipment (for recreational use), nice evening out!
Kaylinn W. · March 27, 2017
Super fun!
Melissa W. · March 20, 2017
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    East Village

    520 Robert D Ray Dr.

    Des Moines, Iowa 50309

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