For the 13th consecutive winter, the City of Akron will provide residents and visitors a season of outdoor fun and activities for adults and children. Northeast Ohio’s most popular spot to ice skate and celebrate the holiday season will feature family-friendly events and attractions all winter.
Family Friendly Fun at Winter Fest at Lock 3
Enjoy all of the great events and activities taking place at Winterfest.
- The Ice Rink – Ohio’s largest outdoor, seasonal ice skating rink is open from Friday, November 18, 2016 through Presidents Day, February 20, 2017. Admission to the ice rink is free to everyone. Skates can be rented for $3. Skate rental closes ½ hour before rink closes.
- Polar Club Rink – The 28′ x 48′ rink designed for beginner skaters, age 14 and under, is an all weather, indoor/outdoor synthetic skating surface and is one of our newest attractions to Lock 3! The Polar Cub Rink will operate during the same hours as the Ice Rink.
- Akron Children's Museum – The newly remodeled Akron Children's Museum is officially open! Check out fun, interactive exhibits and activities focused on STEM, health and wellness, arts, culture, and community readiness. Admission is $5.
- Polar Putt-Putt – 9 holes of indoor putt-putt golf that winds through festive holiday decor. Fun for all ages. $3 for 9 holes and a hot chocolate.
- Reindeer Run – Enjoy 150 feet of downhill fun on our all-season polymer coated slide designed for children 14 and under.
Adults may accompany children on the slide. Only sleds provided by Lock 3 may be used and are rented for $3 for 30
minutes. The number of sleds available each half-hour will be limited to ensure maximum fun. Purchase wristband and time
slot at Skate Rental Desk.
- The Vintage Oneil's Window Displays – Stroll down Main St. between Bowery and State St. and enjoy the largest seasonal vintage collection in Ohio. Displays include The 3 Little Pigs, The Wizard of Oz, 3 Men in a Tub, Alice In Wonderland, The Cabbage Patch Kids, Raggedy Ann and more.
- Food and Beverage – The concession stand at Lock 3 offers chili, soups and other hot items to warm skating and sledding
enthusiasts. Akron’s own Thirsty Dog brews are offered, including Lock 3 Lager. Coca Cola soft drinks and hot chocolate are
- Weekly Special Events – Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Welcome Santa Parade, Breakfast with Santa, Countdown to First Night, Storytime, Jingle Bell Bash, Chili Challenge, Super Hero Weekend, Fiesta For First Tee and more!
Winter Fest at Lock 3
When: November 25, 2016 though February 20, 2017
Where: Lock 3 in Downtown Akron
Special Discount on Skate Rental at Lock 3
Have dinner and/or drinks at one of the over 30 restaurants and bars in downtown Akron before or after visiting Lock 3. Anyone who brings a receipt to Lock 3 will receive 1 free ice skating rental valid in January and February. (1 free skate rental/receipt).