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Want to go ice skating in Davis? Tough patooties. Like various snow sports, there just isn't any ice skating to be done in town. Unless you've got a really big freezer, you're going to have to travel a little bit.

Vacaville

Vacaville Ice Sports
551 Davis St
Vacaville, CA 95688
(707) 455-0225

[WWW]http://www.vacavilleicesports.com/

Near Brenden Theatres in Vacaville.

Sacramento and Beyond

Iceland Ice-Skating Rink

1430 Del Paso Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 925-3121

[WWW]http://www.icelandsacramento.com/

Downtown Ice Rink

(916) 442-8575
701 K St
Sacramento, CA Map
2011-2012 Season
Open Nov. 4 - Jan. 16
Hours
See [WWW]the website (special holiday hours)
In general
Mon-Thur 2pm - 8pm
Fri-Sat 10am -10pm
Sun 10am - 8pm

The downtown rink is put on by Westfield, the big downtown mall. It's located at the corner of 7th and K Streets, at the east end of the Downtown Plaza. It opens annually in early November and closes mid-January. All skill levels show up, from beginners to Olympians. They see around 15,000 skaters each season. Prices as of the 2009-2010 season were $6 admission and $2 skate rentals. Skates can sometimes be fairly shoddy, so you may have to trade in the ones you get for something a bit better. They periodically call everyone off the ice to re-freeze it and smooth it out, since temperatures are typically above freezing in downtown Sacramento.

Getting there is easy. Take 80/50, stay on 50 into Sacramento, hop on I-5 Northbound, and exit J street. Go straight up J a couple blocks and hang a right on 7th. You're there! There's a city-owned parking garage entrance on the right. Parking is $1.50 each 1/2 hour, but you can get your parking validated at any store in the mall (try the Macy's just across the street from the rink). Validation makes the first 3 hours in the lot free (and it might make you feel better about yourself), and you don't have to buy anything (at least at Macy's) to get validated. The ice rink may or may not validate. It's also right on [sacramento]regional transit lines, and only 4 or 5 blocks from the downtown Amtrak station.

If you're looking for a bite to eat, the rink basically sits on the patio of a very tasty, pretty new (2011) Mexican restaurant called [sacramento]Antigua Cantina & Grill. The owner's extremely nice, the prices are reasonable, and the food is great. Try a chimichanga or, if you just want an appetizer, the excellent ceviche. There's also a Subway, a little dive bar, and an Afghan restaurant just across J Street between 7th and 8th. On 8th, just north of J, you can also find [sacramento]La Bonne Soup, a famous little hole in the wall that does gourmet soups and sandwiches. It's also only about 2 blocks to Pyramid Alehouse, just east on K Street—be aware, though, that it's not the nicest part of town, so you might not want to make the walk at night. If you are headed that way after dark, walk on J Street instead.

[WWW]Skatetown Ice Arena

1009 Orlando Ave, Roseville, CA 95661
Phone: (916) 783-8550


In addition to the Downtown Plaza Ice Rink, Sacramento used to have an outdoor rink in Midtown at 1050 20th St. from November through January. Admission was $8 for adults and $5 for children, and skate rentals were $2. Its last season of operation was 2009-2010.

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