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Brenton Skating Plaza

520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
Des Moines  Iowa  50309
United States
(515) 284-1000
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Midwest Living Review

Kathy Bowermaster
Both beginners and pros take advantage of this outdoor ice skating arena with riverfront views of downtown.

The nighttime city skyline sparkles from the east bank of the Des Moines River, luring skaters onto the ice at the outdoor Brenton Skating Plaza. Of course, the rink is also open during the day, but at night, it feels more urban and adventurous. Beginners needn’t be shy: They’ll find plenty of company along the railing and can skate without shame. Music plays as skaters spin around the rink then break for refreshments inside the warming shelter, where a decent selection of hot and cold beverages, pizza, popcorn and snacks provides energy for another go-round. (East Village restaurants and nightclubs are only a block or two away, offering more options for drinks and dinner.)

Basic adult admission is $4.50 to $6, skate rental is $3.50 a pair, and lessons are offered two days a week at set times. Metered parking spots line the surrounding streets.

Visited: 
March 7, 2013

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