The peak of the summer’s heat has passed, but that doesn’t mean some fun on the ice is out of the question. Hitting up one of the ice skating rinks in the general DFW/Collin County area is a great way to spend an afternoon, get some fitness in where you’re not working on gym equipment, or play one of the ice-based sports like hockey that remain popular even in Texas.
You might not think of Texas as a home for ice rinks, and that’s sort of true. There aren’t any permanent outdoor ice rinks, of course, since the weather is too hot for it most of the year. Instead, you end up with four different options.
- Permanent indoor ice rinks. These are generally large facilities dedicated to ice skating. Event centers dedicated to hockey typically fit this definition, and there is certainly no shortage of these around Collin County.
- Seasonal ice rinks, both indoor and outdoor. Seasonal ice rinks use real ice but rely on the weather rather than the facility to help keep them cool. While you tend to find these more in the north, they’re available in Texas as well, usually with the help of some machinery to keep the ice at the correct temperature.
- Temporary indoor ice rinks. Temporary ice rinks can be set up anywhere the facilities allow for it, and they tend to spring up more in the winter. It’s difficult to list where these will be set up, as they tend to be both mobile and inconsistent.
- Temporary synthetic ice rinks. Synthetic ice rinks don’t rely on cool temperatures or weather, because the “ice” is a plastic designed to simulate the low-friction environment of real ice. They can be set up almost anywhere, in a wide variety of sizes, due to their tiled mechanism.
A lot of what you’re going to find is either in a permanent facility where real ice is maintained by large cooling machines in the building or is a synthetic ice rink set up using modern plastic technologies. Depending on the kind of event you want to attend or set up, some choices may be better than others.
Small parties and gatherings might do best with a synthetic rink rental. As long as you have a flat, hard surface to set it up, an ice rink can be brought to you and set up with just a little advanced notice. It’s also likely going to be cheaper than renting a full ice rink facility, even for a couple of hours. These are usually a more consistently positive experience without any choppiness in the ice and with no zamboni or equipment required, and they feel nearly identical to skate on.
If you’re looking to host a larger gathering, synthetic ice rinks can get expensive, or require more space than you have in your neighborhood. Instead, it might be a better idea to rent a facility. You may need to book your rental in advance to make sure you have it when the date rolls around, though, so it’s less likely to be available for a short-notice party.
If you’re looking for a public winter event, there are also some temporary rinks set up in the Collin county area. You’ll need to check when these will be available and what their rules are. For example, Denison On Ice is a public ice rink set up each year by the City of Denison and is available from the end of November through the beginning of January each year.
If ice rinks aren’t quite your style, there are also quite a few roller rinks around the DFW area and throughout Collin county. Roller rinks work a little differently from ice rinks – the primary difference is that you use roller skates instead of ice skates. Blades aren’t going to let you glide through a wooden surface, after all.
Roller rinks can still offer fun similar to an ice rink if you’re interested in free skating, skating lessons, or skating-based sports like hockey. That said, there’s a tangible difference between using ice skates and using roller skates, and some people only want one or the other. Some facilities, like Lone Star Events and Sports, offer a roller skating rink that is painted and designed to look like an ice skating rink.
If you’re interested in something like roller derby or inline skating, you can check out these kinds of facilities. If you’re more interested in the ice aspect of ice skating, be sure to check out the list down below. Since roller skating isn’t ice skating, we’re not listing the roller facilities below.
List of Ice Rinks in Collin County
In this list, we’ll go over the main venues, their location, their website, and a bit about them. If we missed one, feel free to leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list.
Most ice skating facilities listed below are real ice. Synthetic ice is most often available as a rental like the service we offer, rather than as a permanent facility. If you have the resources to establish a permanent facility, you might as well go all the way and make the ice real, right?
The Dallas Stars are the NHL team for Texas. There are several Stars Center facilities located throughout Collin County, all with ice skating facilities that can be booked for private events as long as there are no major events scheduled for the same time.
There are eight locations for Star Centers throughout the area. You can find them in Euless, Farmers Branch, Frisco, Mansfield, McKinney, Plano, Richardson, and Valley Ranch. This page has information about their locations, booking them for public or private skating sessions, and more.
- Children’s Health StarCenter Euless – 1400 South Pipeline Road, Euless, TX 76040
- Children’s Health StarCenter Farmers Branch – 12700 North Stemmons Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75234
- Comerica Center – 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco, TX 75034
- Children’s Health StarCenter Mansfield – 1715 E. Broad St. Mansfield, TX 76063
- Children’s Health StarCenter McKinney – 6993 Stars Avenue, McKinney, TX 75070
- Children’s Health StarCenter Plano – 4020 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093
- Children’s Health StarCenter Richardson – 522 Centennial Boulevard, Richardson, TX 75081
- Children’s Health StarCenter Valley Ranch – 211 Cowboys Parkway, Irving, TX 75063
All of these facilities have contact numbers and individual rink managers, so if you’re interested in booking one of them for a private party, you’ll want to follow the link above for the relevant facility and look up their contact information.
Many of these facilities were formerly known as the Dr. Pepper StarCenters but changed their name when major sponsorships changed a few years back. Other than the Comerica Center, which is part of the StarCenter franchise but with a different name due to the overall facility they’re part of, they all share the same name.
Allen Community Ice Rink
Located in the Allen Event Center in Allen TX, this ice rink is a full-sized ice surface that measures 85 by 200 feet. It has a seating capacity for 30 spectators and includes a suite of rink facilities including a pro shop, skate sharpening, locker rooms, and more.
You can attend for freestyle skating, stick work, and other kinds of ice sports. They also offer lessons on how to skate, the option to join teams, and even figure skating. You can book for a homeschool class, take organized classes, and even join the Leading Edge masterclass if your skill level is appropriate for it.
Address: 200 E. Stacy Road, #1350 Allen, TX 75002
Phone: (972) 912-1097
The Allen Ice Rink has open skate hours scheduled regularly, with a variety of programs including freestyle skating, stick work, and more. You can also schedule private events with the facility, with packages that include themed skating, broomball, open skating for up to 100 guests, and more.
COVID precautions are in place with the Allen Ice Rink, including capacity limits and mask rules. Attendees will need to be aware of the capacity limit of 75 people at a time. You can book in advance, but walk-ins are first come, first served.
Galleria Dallas Ice Rink
The Galleria Dallas is a large facility with a variety of retail stores, restaurants, and facilities such as the ice rink. It’s home to shops, food, events, local art, and a wide range of entertainment possibilities. The Ice Rink itself is mixed-use for both public and private events, including holiday displays.
Yes, it’s a mall. It’s a great mall, though, with a ton of options for spending a day of entertainment. The facility is large enough that you can shop and still maintain a reasonable amount of social distancing, and it’s still a hub for local artists. And, of course, ice skating is always available for those interested.
Address: 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75240
Phone: (972) 392-3361
Public sessions cost $10 per person, with group rates normally available but currently discontinued for the pandemic. They also do not allow in-and-outs, where you purchase a ticket to skate, leave, and come back again on the same ticket. Private sessions have their packages and costs, visible on their website.
Ice Stars Company
The Ice Stars Company is a company founded by two former pro figure skaters. They run and manage several facilities around Texas as outdoor, real ice, skating rinks. These semi-permanent locations are filled and frozen during the colder months of the year.
Address: 1900 Preston Road #267 Suite 93, Plano, TX 75093
Phone: (214) 531-6299
Note that this company has several locations around Collin County, but they are all seasonal. Depending on when you’re reading this, they may or may not be closed for the season. It’s worth checking their website and/or their Facebook page for the most up to date information.
Denison On Ice
Denison on Ice is one of the temporary ice rinks that tend to spring up as holiday events. In this case, it’s a temporary ice rink set up for December in the heart of downtown Denison. It’s not available for private events during the day but is generally open for public use for the duration of its event.
Address: 530 W. Main St. Denison, TX 75020
Phone: (903) 465-2720
Note that while this is a public event space, it is only open from 1 pm to 9 pm each day. Private events can be booked in advance to take place at 9 pm when the public part of the space closes. Admission is $10 per adult, with lower prices for children, seniors, and veterans. This is for an hour of skating, with skates provided. Additionally, attendees will be asked to sign a waiver.
If the above facilities are booked up, too expensive, or just not suitable for the kind of icy entertainment you want for your party, why not consider renting a synthetic ice rink? A synthetic ice rink is just as slick and entertaining as real ice, and ice skates work the same way on them. They don’t involve cooling down a whole area, and only need a large, flat surface to lay out the tiles. It’s quick to set up, cheap to rent, and just as much fun as a normal ice rink.
Address: 112 Regency Drive, Wylie, TX 75098
Phone: (972) 429-4545
In addition to the synthetic ice rink, we also offer a variety of arcade-style games, inflatable water slides, bounce houses, and other entertainment. Feel free to check out our available offerings in the bar at the top of the site. If you have any questions, we’re always available via phone, our contact form, and our email address.
Did we miss an ice rink? There are a lot of temporary and rotating facilities throughout Collin county that we may not be aware of. If you happen to know of an ice rink available in the DFW area that we haven’t listed, feel free to leave us information in the comments below.