Photo of an ice rink filled with people figure skating in the same direction at the Shell


So you want to skate?

See you at the Shell. Both instructional lessons and informal drop-in opportunities are available in the historic space.


1430 Monroe Street
Madison WI, 53711
(608) 262 - 8244



Instruction by skating professionals during Rec Skate is prohibited. Our staff has the authority to stop any activity that may create safety or maintenance concerns. Skating direction is at the discretion of the staff on duty. Please check the daily schedule for Open Skate times during winter break.

Day of the Week Hours
Monday 11am - 2pm
Wednesday 11am - 2pm and 6:15 - 7:15pm
Friday 11am - 2pm and 5:45 - 7pm
Saturday 1:30 - 3pm and 7 - 8:30pm
Sunday 1:30 - 3pm

The Saturday evening rec skates during spring break (March 11 and 18) will be offered from 6-7:30pm.

Freestyle Figure Skating is a chance for figure skaters to work on their skills in an environment dedicated solely to figure skating. Skaters are required to repair divots created from jumps, slush will be provided for this purpose.

Day of the Week Hours
Monday 2:30 - 3:30pm
Tuesday 8 - 9:30am
Friday 2:30 - 3:30pm

Stick and puck is a chance for players ages 18 and up to practice skills in a non-competitive setting.  A helmet and gloves are required. Helmets can be rented from the front desk for $2. Goalies are welcome but competitive games are not allowed during stick and puck.

Day of the Week Hours
Tuesday 11am - 2pm
Thursday 11am - 2pm

Open Hockey is a chance for players ages 18 and up to compete in pick-up hockey games.  A helmet with a face cage and hockey gloves are required, and full hockey gear is recommended. Helmets can be rented from the front desk for $2. The first two goalies to arrive for each session will be admitted at no charge.

Day of the Week Hours
Sunday 7 - 9pm
Wednesday 2:30 - 4pm

Sunday night Open Hockey will end at 8pm during spring break (March 12 & 19).

Join us on most Saturdays during the school year from 7 – 8:30pm for theme skate nights. Have an idea for a future theme? Let us know when you stop in to the rink.

Date Theme
September 24 2000's
October 8 R&B
October 15 K Pop
October 29 Spooky Songs
November 12 Girl Bands
November 19 Boy Bands
December 3 Country
January 28 Yacht Rock
February 4 Musicals
February 11 Love Songs
February 18 Break Up Songs
February 25 Kids Movies
March 4 One Hit Wonders


A valid Rec Well membership or photo ID card is required.

UW Student  $4
Affiliate/Community with Rec Well Membership $5
Affiliate/Community without Rec Well Membership  $6
Youth (17 years old or younger) $4


A valid Rec Well membership or photo ID card is required. Skate rentals are available to all Shell ice rink users and can be purchased at the Shell Member Services Office.

All participants $3
Unlimited Skate Rental Pass $20/semester
$30/Fall + Spring

Purchase a Skate Pass for unlimited access to our Open Rec Skate, Open Hockey, and Stick & Puck at the rink. Open Rec Skate is open to all ages. Participants must be at least 18 years of age for Open Hockey and Stick & Puck.

Semester Fall + Spring
UW Student  $30 $50
Rec Well Member
$40 $70
Non-Rec Well Member
$55 $90



  • Metered parking on Monroe Street
  • Lot 18 (located in front of the Shell): Parkmobile spaces; follow directions on signs in front of stalls to pay
  • Lot 19 (near the UW Field House): Free after 4:30pm Monday – Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday
  • Engineering Parking Ramp/Lot 17 (free on weekends)
  • Lot 16 (3-minute walk): Permit required 24/7; any UW Lot Permit is valid after 4:30pm Monday – Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday
  • Bike stalls are available in front of the Shell
  • Moped parking available at Lot 690, 695, and 69
  • Parking availability may be restricted without notice due to special events


  • Convenient bus lines include the 3, 6, 7, 58, 80, 81, 82, and 84


  • The nearest station is located at the corner of Breese Terrace and Regent Street or in front of Union South on Campus Drive