San Diego – Time to Grab Your Ice Skating Shoes!


If you have never skated at Hotel Del Coronado, you are missing out! Photo c/o Hotel Del Coronado
If you have never skated at Hotel Del Coronado, you are missing out! Photo c/o Hotel Del Coronado

This year will be the year to try out our fourth ice skating location in  San Diego!.  In planning our school vacation, I always notice that ice skating is on top of the kids’ to-do wish! I also added some updated tips that will come in handy, too.  The ice skating rinks in San Diego are: The Hotel Del Corondo Rink, The Iceoplex, The UTC Ice Sports Center, Viejas Outlet Ice Skating, The Salvation Army Community Center Ice Arena, San Diego Ice Arena and Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice at Horton Square.

The following are some tips from me and my fellow mama bloggers:

  • Ask about special rates during what some call “happy hour” sessions.
  • Coronado rink does not validate for their recreation activities so you’ll still have to spend to park onsite (3 hour validation) OR pay a fee. Show your ice skating wristband and kids ages 12 and under eat free in Sheerwater (one free child’s menu meal per paid adult meal). Also receive 10% off in participating shops. Plus, when you purchase five truffles in B&S Emporium or Spreckels Sweets & Treats, receive the 6th free.
  • The Iceoplex offers skate and rental during public skating sessions for $10 ($9for child) for the day.  One mom shared that the Christmas tree in the center is really cute. I noticed a wait during dinner and lunch hours, but there are less lines and crowds if you go earlier in the day (specifically on weekdays) I am told.
  • I am told that at Horton Plaza the staff is so helpful with little kids who are just learning that they hold their hands and stay with them patiently. Now that is the spirit!  Also, the convenience of the food (and shopping!) right there is a real turn-on! Ask about their season pass.
  • I wear insoles in my skates and, Baby, it helps! Consider it, yourself!If you missed going after the first week of January, just check out the year-round rinks’ schedules and you will not feel so bad being kicked out into the gorgeous San Diego sun!
  • The Salvation Army Community Center offers $5 Wednesday Nights, or $7 Sundays or Holiday Skating late December thru early January.

Make it an outing the whole family will remember. We would love to know your experiences and/or tips, too!




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