Central Texas winters may not always feel wintry, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do wintry things! Ice skating is fun for the whole family and these two spots offer winter fun both indoors and out.
CultureMap Rooftop Rink at Whole Foods
Ice skate in downtown Austin at Whole Foods’ flagship store! The rooftop rink is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily (holiday hours vary). Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The rink is open through January 20. Select Monday nights are community nights. Half of all ticket sales will go to local charities. Visit rooftoprink.com for the schedule.
Where: Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., through January 20.
More information: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/store/event/ice-skating-plaza-1
Chaparral Ice is an Austin institution, and offers public skating hours every day, as well as a variety of classes. Learn to skate, play hockey, or hone your figure skating skills. They also offer spring break and summer camps for the kids. Their in-house cafe offers a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Standard admission is $10, kids 5 and under are $5; skate rental is $5. Check their site for hours and to sign an online waiver: https://www.chaparralice.com/public-skating.
If you’re more of a spectator, check out their holiday ice show. Austin Holiday Wonderland takes place on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. Tickets range from $12-27. Purchase tickets here.
Where: 2525 W. Anderson Ln., Austin
Hours: Public skate hours vary by day
Cost: $10 standard admission; $5 for children 5 and under; skate rental $5
More information: www.chaparralice.com