Play & Explore:  California

Expertise Provided By: “Sunset” Magazine

Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

Squaw Valley

Lake Tahoe – At 8,200 feet above sea level at Hill Camp, spin to your heart’s content in the outdoor pavilion while enjoying glorious views of mountain peaks and Lake Tahoe. Open through March 18.


Curry Village – From its humble beginnings as a flooded parking lot in 1928, the Curry Village rink, located between Half Dome and Glacier Point, has become a holiday season fixture at Yosemite. Open until early March.

San Francisco

Embarcadero Center – Waterfront location skating in the heart of a prime holiday shopping and dining area. Open until January 8.

San Diego

Hotel Del Coronado – The famed Hotel Del Coronado transforms a section of the hotel grounds into a skating rink. Enjoy views of the beach and the ocean – it might be warm enough to skate in your swim suit. Open until January 1.

Los Angeles

W Hotel – Ritzy Westwood hotel turns water into ice, sort of like in the Kurt Vonnegut classic, Cat’s Cradle, but it’s not the end of the world, just the end of the year. Rent a private cabana and sip hot toddies with the rest of the beautiful people. Open until January 1.

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