While normally when you think San Diego you might think of surfing or skateboarding but, during the holiday season, this town goes crazy for cool with skating rinks in the most unexpected places. Here are few spots where you can hit the ice:
- The Hotel del Coronado offers an only-in-San Diego experience with Skating by the Sea, a seaside ice-skating rink nestled on the resort’s Windsor Lawn right by the sands of Coronado Beach and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Now through January 2, drop any day by for one of the afternoon skating sessions ($20 for adults, $15 for kids; $5 skate rental) or, if you’re brave, show up in your best Saturday Night Fever gear during Disco Nites on December 2, 9 and 16 and skate for free.
- Would you rather skate in the city? Downtown San Diego’s rink, Fantasy on Ice, located at Westfield Horton Plaza right by the Gaslamp Quarter, offers daily ice-skating 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. now through January 9. Priced at $14 for adults, $12 for kids and skate rental is free. As an added bonus, proceeds benefit Rady’s Children’s Hospital.
- Still have some shopping to do? Save some bucks and sneak in a little skating, too. Viejas Outlet Center in San Diego’s East County is home to awesome shopping deals and Southern California’s largest outdoor ice-skating rink. They are open daily now through January 2 for afternoon and evening sessions.
- SeaWorld San Diego is also getting in on the icy action with an outdoor rink that’s part of their Christmas Celebration now through January 2. Of course, you’ve got to pay park admission but then Shamu provides the skates and skating costs $10 an hour or $20 for the day (for most people; kids 3 and under are $5 per hour, $10 for the day).