I have a confession to make: I was a child figure skater. While my double salchow days are long in the past, I still frequent San Diego’s ice rinks. Let’s look at the three best rinks SD County has to offer.
La Jolla Icetown: My old stomping grounds, the La Jolla Icetown, has the unique distinction of being located in the center of the UTC mall food court. Weary shoppers lean on the rails above the rink to watch skaters do their thing during free skate, and often times can’t resist the urge to join the fun. For those considering lessons, but not ready for commitment, Icetown offers a one-time free try-it class for potential students age 3 and over. Maybe you or your little one will be inspired to join the rink’s Skating or Hockey Academy. Or grab a snack from the food court instead. We won’t judge.
General Admission and skate rental: $15 adult, $7 child (5 and under)
Hours: 10:30AM – 4:50PM, 8:30PM – 11:00PM
San Diego Ice Arena: This indoor rink, located in Mira Mesa, has been in business for 34 years, but the facility feels brand new. Voted #1 Hangout for Teens and Tweens on Friday Nights by sandiegofamily.com, the Ice Arena hosts a number of fun public skating programs suitable for families and at an affordable rate. In addition to free skate, patrons can take lessons in figure skating and hockey, as well as join one of the rink’s teams. Friday night’s Teen Meltdown party is the place to be; pizza, a live DJ and even indoor snowball fights keep the kids coming back for more.
General Admission and skate rental: $12 adult, $10 child (12 and under)
Hours: Mon 11:00AM – 2:00PM, Tue 11:00 – 2:00PM, 3:00 – 5:00PM, 7:00PM – 8:00PM, Wed 11:00AM – 2:00PM, 3:00PM – 5:00PM, Thu 11:00AM – 2:00PM, Fri 11:00AM-2:00PM, 3:00PM – 5:00PM, 7:30PM – 10:00PM, Sat and Sun 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Iceoplex: Located in Sunny Escondido, this indoor megaplex is home to hockey, ice skating and figure skating alike. The Iceoplex is San Diego’s only dual skating facility, hosting both public skating sessions and lessons. Don’t think you can skate? The skate-less can still have a blast playing broomball, an on-ice game similar to hockey with rubber “brooms.” The group sport is popular among San Diego’s youth groups and scout troops.
General Admission and skate rental: $10 adult, $9 child
Hours: 8:30AM – 11:30AM, 11:45 – 1:15PM, 1:30PM – 5:15PM
Samantha Wilson is a former figure skater. She might still be able to twirl if you let her practice first.