We’re already written about the best place to get a delicious ice cream cone in Austin, but what if you want a different kind of cool treat? There is one year-round ice rink open to the public in Austin, and a hockey rink, plus several Christmas seasonal options. But what’s the best place for ice skating in Austin TX? Keep reading to check out the pros and cons of various locations.
The great advantage of Chaparral Ice is that public skating is available all year round at the 2525 West Anderson Lane location. There are skating opportunities for hockey players, figure skaters, and folks just learning how to skate, but there are daily public skate times as well. Cost is $9 for admission and $5 for skate rental. Children ages 5 and under can get $5 admission, or are FREE on weekday afternoons. You can find the full public skate schedule here.
Ice Skating on the Plaza
From the end of November to mid-January (Nov. 24, 2017 to Jan. 15 2018 this year) skaters can enjoy skating on the rooftop plaza of the Whole Foods Market located at 525 N Lamar Boulevard. The rink will be open all Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and many weekdays as well. We recommend double checking the schedule you can find here for the latest hours. Cost is $10 per person, which includes skate rental.
Other Austin-area Skating Options
Austin Pond Hockey Club – This facility is not open to the public, but it does offer a year-round place for hockey aficionados to get some time on the ice. Youth and adult activities are available.
Eisbahn – Located in Fredericksburg TX, this downtown outdoor rink is open daily, though hours vary. Cost is $15 for an all-day come and go pass which includes skate rental.
Sights and Sounds of Christmas – The San Marcos “Sights and Sounds of Christmas” festival features many attractions, including ice skating. Cost is $5 for a 20 minute session.