Enjoy a picturesque, winter tradition and hours of outdoor fun ice-skating on frozen Kent Lake at Kensington Metropark. Families and hockey players can skate on separate, natural rinks, which are well-lit in the evenings. Afterwards, warm up in the nearby heated Boat Rental Building. Sorry, there is no skate rental. The ice rink(s) are open Monday thru Friday 11 am – 9 pm and Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 10 am to 9 pm, weather and rink conditions permitting. The first rink is FREE SKATE ONLY, no hockey. Please contact the Park Office for the most up-to-date conditions at (810) 227-8910.
Fasten your skis and glide across more than twelve miles of groomed trails at Kensington Metropark. Coast past snow-glazed fields, frozen ponds and beautiful deciduous woods. Beginner and intermediate level trails traverse the park and golf course.
The Ski Center is located at the Golf Course. Rental equipment will be available Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the last rental at 4:30 p.m.(weather and trail conditions permitting). The Ski Center also offers public restrooms and limited food service. Special equipment rental rates are available for organized groups on weekdays. Please schedule a minimum of one week in advance and pre-payment is required.
Trail maps are available at the Ski Center, tollbooths or the Kensington Park Office. Skiing is prohibited in the following areas: Nature Study Area and nature trails, sledding hills and toboggan runs, snowboarding hill, and on the golf course greens. Trails are open 6 am to 10 pm and they are not lit. Please use only marked ski trails.
Sledding and Tobogganing
Take advantage of a snowy day by racing down the hills at Kensington Metropark’s winter sports area. Coast down a variety of hills, from beginner to advanced. A short “bunny hill” designated for younger sledders features padded trees for added safety. The toboggan runs, sledding, and beginner snowboarding hills are located at the Orchard picnic area. Saucers and inflatables are not permitted on the advanced and intermediate hills. Toboggans must be standard toboggans with attached padding on the seat. No sleds or snowboards are allowed on the toboggan runs. Please walk up the designated returns only and be cautious of others using the runs and hills. Sorry, we do not rent toboggans, snowboards or sleds. The Orchard picnic area also offers a nearby shelter with picnic tables and grills. Hours are 11 am to dusk during the week and 10 am to dusk on the weekends, weather and hill/run conditions permitting. Check for hill conditions by contacting the Park Office at (810) 227-8910.
The slopes at the Orchard picnic area offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced sledding hills. A special bunny hill is designated for young children. Snowboarding is allowed on a designated hill. A nearby shelter has picnic tables and grills. Saucers and inflatables are prohibited on the advanced and intermediate hills.
Hours are 11 am to dusk during the week and 10 am to dusk on the weekends, weather and hill/run conditions permitting. For hill conditions contact the Park Office at (810) 227-8910.