#73 – Crown Center Ice Skating
2425 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
Good for: Channeling your inner Olympic Gold Medalist figure skating skills.
Tip: Visit on Tuesdays – admission is buy one, get one.
In the middle of the Crown Center complex, you will find the beloved outdoor Crown Center Ice Skating Rink. Whether you skate like Michelle Kwan or more like Bambi, all will enjoy the wonderful winter tradition in the heart of Kansas City.
About the Crown Center Ice Skating Rink
The Crown Center Ice Skating Rink is located within the 85-acre Crown Center complex along with the Crown Center Shops, LEGOLAND, the Hallmark Visitors Center and more. Connected by a climate-controlled skywalk, you can explore the extensive area and even walk to Union Station.
The atmosphere around the rink is at its best especially around Christmastime. It is right next to Crown Center Square fountain and the Mayor’s Christmas tree. All the lights and holiday music, make for a magical skate. However, even in the middle of February, it’s hard to beat and they still have lights up.
In my opinion, the rink is by far the best part of Crown Center.
For 45 years, Kansas Citians have visited the Crown Center Ice Skating Rink. Pros and rookies alike can be found at the rink daily, from November to March. On weekend nights it is a popular spot in Kansas City, and can get super busy. I tried to go with a group of friends right before Christmas and it was so packed, we couldn’t even get in before they closed.
To enjoy a less crowded rink, I recommend visiting during the day, weeknights or later in the season. At the end of the season, even weekend nights aren’t too bad.
It’s also an affordable winter family activity. Admission is $6, or free for adults over age 60 and children 4 and under. Skate rental is just $3. Unfortunately the quality of the skates are not the best, but as someone who goes once a year, it doesn’t bother me. If you are a serious skater, bring your own skates.
For an even better deal, visit on Tuesdays for Two-for-One admission prices after 5 p.m. Pay one full price admission and receive a second for free (though skate rentals are not included).
If you’re looking to improve your skating ability, you can even sign up for Crown Center Ice Skating lessons. xx, Libbie.