Face it: we Angelenos are pretty spoiled for winter. Not only do we have mild (practically always sunny) weather, easy access to mountains and beaches–winter beach trips are great!–we get outdoor ice skating without having to risk frostbite.
Here are some of the best places in Los Angeles to ice skate outdoors. And best of all, they’re all accessible via Metro Bus or Rail. This means you can worry less about traffic and parking, and worry more about perfecting that figure eight.
The Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square in the heart of L.A. is still a fan favorite. General admission is $9, and Metro riders can save $1 by showing their TAP cards. Skate rental is $3. The rink is open daily now through January 20. Check their hours of operation here. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station, Metro Rapid 770 to Olive/5th, Metro Bus 16 to 5th/Hill, Metro Rapid 728 to Hill/5th)
Also in downtown is the L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE. You may or may not spot Kings mascot Bailey enjoying a turn around the rink. General admission is $15 and includes skate rental. The rink is open daily now through December 31. Check their hours of operation here. (Metro Blue/Expo Line to Pico Station, Metro Silver Line or Metro Rapid 728 to Figueroa/Olympic)
Out in the Valley, there’s Woodland Hills Ice. In addition to public skates, the rink also offers weekend ice skating and hockey lessons. General admission is $15 and includes skate rental. You can also purchase a rink day pass for $20. The rink is open daily now through January 19. Check their hours of operation here. (Metro Orange Line, Metro Rapid 750 or Metro Bus 169 to Warner Center Transit Hub)
Ice at Santa Monica combines outdoor ice skating with the ocean air. The rink also offers lessons, and it’s going to be suuuuper accessible via the Metro Expo Line…once it opens in 2016! General admission is $15 and includes skate rental. The rink is open daily now through January 19. Check their hours of operation here. (Big Blue Bus 3 to Arizona/5th, Metro Rapid 704 to Santa Monica/4th)
Also near the ocean is The Chill at Queen Mary. Besides outdoor ice skating, this winter wonderland also features ice tubing and an ice kingdom perfect for the whole family. Adult general admission is $39.99 if purchased in advance, $49.99 if purchased the day of at the box office. The Chill is open on select days now through January 11. Check their hours of operation here. (Metro Blue Line to Downtown Long Beach Station, then transfer to the LB Passport shuttle to Queen Mary.)
Eat, shop then skate at The Rink in Downtown Burbank. Skating Santas Night seems like an event not to be missed. General admission is $10 and skate rental is $3. The rink is open on select days now through January 19. Check their hours of operation here. (Metro Bus 96 to Olive/Glenoaks, Metro Bus 94 or 183 to 3rd/Angeleno, Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station)
Finally, if you’ve just had your fill of skating and would rather watch a show, check out Disney on Ice! Catch Mickey, Minnie and the whole gang at Staples Center Dec. 11 through Dec. 14. Metro riders can save $10 on tickets with their TAP cards or by using the exclusive promo code when purchasing tickets online. The discount is only valid for select performances at Staples Center, Honda Center of Anaheim, Citizens Business Bank Arena and Long Beach Arena.
To get to Staples Center, take the Blue or Expo Line to Pico Station. The Silver Line and many other Metro buses also stop nearby. Long Beach Arena is accessible via the Blue Line 1st Street Station. To get to the Honda Center, take Metrolink or Amtrak to Anaheim Station, then transfer to OCTA bus 50 to Katella/Douglass. To reach the Citizens Business Bank Arena, take Metrolink to Rancho Cucamonga Station, then transfer to Omnitrans bus 81 to Ferrari at Concours.
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