Looking for something to do with your family over this Thanksgiving weekend? Check out some of the best ice-skating rinks across the bay area.
A long holiday weekend awaits, and what better way to get in the spirit than by putting blade to ice? Whether you are staying in San Francisco for the holiday or visiting relatives in outlying suburbs, there are some pretty cool rinks to visit. Go on and hit the ice and let your inner Brian Boitano shine.
1. Snoopy's Home Ice
This charming indoor rink is done in the style of a Swiss Chalet. It is across the way from the Charles Schultz Museum. Don't miss the Warm Puppy Cafe.
1667 W Steele Ln
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
2. Marin On Ice
Marin’s only real outdoor ice skating rink features 6,400-square-feet of ice. Open until January 7. Tickets are $15, price includes skate rental.
5800 Northgate Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903
3. Walnut Creek on Ice
This is an 8,000-square-foot outdoor rink in Walnut Creek's Civic Park. Through January 3.
1365 Civic Dr
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
4. Oakland Ice Center
When it’s not hosting hockey games, it’s the best ice skating rink in the East Bay. Check out the public skate schedule here. Admission is $11 ages 13 and older, $9.45 ages 12 and under; $4.75 skate rental.
519 18th St
Oakland, CA 94612
5. Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center
Billed as the largest outdoor rink in the Bay Area, this Embarcadero rink, nestled next to the Vaillancourt Fountain, is open until January 7. Sessions are Sunday-Thursday (10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.) and Friday-Saturday (10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.). Tickets run $12-$7 general; skate rental $5.
4 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
6. Holiday Ice Rink In Union Square
Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. each day. Ice skating sessions begin every even hour and last for 90 cool minutes. Admission is $18 for adults and $13 for kids under 9; skate rental included.
333 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94102
7. California Academy of Sciences Ice Rink
A new addition to city, this is the only ice skating rink in Golden Gate Park. Bonus: It’s outdoors, too! Sessions are 55-minutes. Admission cost $12 ($10 members), including skate rental. Sessions must be reserved online or at the museum on the day of the visit.
55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
8. San Mateo Central Park
Boasting a whopping 9,000-square-feet of ice, this Silicon Valley rink will be open until January 15. Admission runs $15, includes skate rental. Sessions start every even hour.
50 E 5th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
9. Winter Lodge
Outdoor skating through mid-April in Silicon Valley. $11 entrance; $5 skate rental.
3009 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306
10. Downtown Ice
This outdoor rink is located in the center of San Jose, and within a ring of palm trees. They string lights on the trunks of those trees, making the open-air experience magical. The rink is open on Thanksgiving Day, and through February 7.
120 S Market St
San Jose, CA 95113