Ice Skating Rinks in Sin City

Nothing is more fun than getting in a little ice skating during the winter, but where can you find outdoor rinks in Vegas?  At the Cosmopolitan and the Venetian!

In November, 2011, these two mega-hotel created their own form of a winter wonderland for visitors and now those vacationing in the city of lost wages can find a little inexpensive activity outside of the casino. 

The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool overlooking the Strip has been turned into an ice rink, offering skating from November 30th through January 20th.  The Venetian offers 30-minute skating sessions beginning Sunday and continuing through Jan. 6 on their ice rink adjacent to the outdoor gondola rides.

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All-day passes for the Cosmopolitan are $10 for Nevada residents and $15 for non-residents. Skates can be rented for $5.  The rink is open from 3 to 11 p.m. weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Holiday hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily from December 24 to January 4th. Children must be at least 2 years old to enter, and those ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult over 21.

And Monday night is "date night" with Christmas movies played on the outdoor big screen!  

The Venetian includes skate rental in its admission charge of $9.95 for locals and members of its Grazie rewards program. Regular admission is $14.95. Children ages 7-12 are free with an adult Grazie member or Nevada resident.  The rink is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Skaters have to be at least 7 years old. Limit three children per adult.

Now, if you're a traditionalist and prefer your ice-skating rinks in the heart of America then there is no other place in the world to strap on your skates than in New York City's Central Park!  Ice Skating in the park has long been the destination for kids big and small, lovers, and couples reliving their early romance.  With the New York skyline all around and proximity to the zoo and other attractions, it's the one place you should plan to visit at least once in your lifetime.  More information on Wollman Rink.  
Photo credit - Robert Sosa