California is not the first place that comes to mind when one thinks about ice and wintery conditions, but make no mistake, the state has quite a few state-of-the-art ice skating rinks. Some of them are seasonal and open only around holidays, while others are inviting professionals and amateurs year-round. Read on to find 10 best places to lace up your skates and test your skills:
- Half Dome Village, Yosemite, CA
This wonderful skating rink is a beloved seasonal tradition all the way back from 1928. Rumor has it that it started as a flooded and then frozen parking lot, but has later developed into one of the best things to do in the national park in winter. Families here can enjoy getting s’mores after a session on the ice.
- Aliso Viejo Ice Palace, Aliso Viejo, CA
This ice skating arena is located in Orange County and offers lessons, hockey leagues, public skating hours, and plenty more. Birthdays on the ice are very popular and so are other sports and fun events.
- Adventist Health Ice Center of Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA
This ice center is quite new and invites kids to learn ice skating with various events, lessons, and hockey leagues. There are time slots for public skating and ways to celebrate your birthday there.
- Pickwick Ice, Burbank, CA
The skating rink here is an impressive NHL-size, but you don’t have to be professional to come and enjoy the pleasures of ice. There is a lounge for some rest of-ice and plenty of activities on-ice: skating lessons, birthday parties, hockey games and programs, music skate sessions, and much more. The place even has a clever seal device to help beginners stay on their feet.
- Center Ice Arena, Ontario, CA
This arena has been known and popular since its opening in 2001. It is NHL-size and offers many various programs and activities. It is strategically located and easily accessible from all area’s highways. You can bring your own skates or rent them there and enjoy ice with kids and friends. Classes and leagues are also available.
- Oakland Ice Center, Oakland, CA
This center has a huge variety of ice activities and programs for all ages and skill levels. Public skating time slots are available and you can even sign up for adult only skating with coffee and pastries. Events are often held in the rink. Kids can be signed up for hockey or figure skating classes.
- Iceoplex, Simi Valley, CA
Families know this ice palace in the Conejo Valley for many years. The public skating passes are not expensive and that encourages teen groups and families to come and have some fun. Lessons are available for various ages and skating levels. Leagues and professional classes are also offered.
- Tahoe Arena, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Tahoe Lake is a perfect place to have many seasonal outdoor ice skating rinks, but this is the only one that is indoors and open year-round. You can find great deals and specials for public skate lessons. During school year, locals are invited to free morning skating sessions. Just like all others, this rink offers various ice-related activities, events, classes, and leagues.
- Iceland, Van Nuys, CA
This legendary rink is located in the very hot San Fernando Valley, but manages to stay cool amid all the heat and heat-related attractions. The rink has unmatched retro spirit and has been featured in various films. Iceland is an active part of community and holds various fundraisers, special events, offers classes, and supplies good times for generations – think bumper cars on ice birthday parties.
- Yorba Linda Ice, Yorba Linda, CA
Yorba Linda location is one of the most popular ice skating rink in Orange County and invites local community for public skating and skating lessons. Kids and adults can join hockey and figure skating programs. The rink is a popular place for birthday celebrations.