Best and Coolest Ice Skating in SF and Around the Bay

Normally, we don’t put ice skating into the same sentence as San Francisco, but this is the season to dust off your ice skates (or rent them) and join the crowds of holiday cheer-makers gracefully (or not) gliding out on the rinks right here in our city, or around the Bay Area.

Yes, ice skating is a San Francisco tradition, right up there with cable cars, and our friends at have staked out an interactive map of the coolest ranks to make your edge marks on the ice. The icy cartography includes 10 rinks from San Jose up to Santa Rosa, and has pictures and blurbs to get you in the double Axel mood.

Here in the city, be sure to set your skating sights for the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center. This rink is touted as the largest outdoor rink in the Bay Area and is open till January 7, with tickets running $7 – $12 general, and skate rental is $5.

Then, there is the classic Holiday Ice Rink at Union Square where you can skate and then eat and then shop around one of the city’s most enjoyable squares. Open 10am to 11:30pm every day, with a cost of $18 for adults and $13 for kids under 9 and the skates are thrown into the bargain.

Click here for the interactive map of Bay Area ice skating rinks.

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