Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Ice Skating at Barton Creek Resort ~ Austin, TX

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you are experiencing 75 degree December weather?  It's certainly NOT Ice Skating, is it???  Well believe it or not, Austinites, there are a few places here in town where you can enjoy outdoor ice skating in Texas.

Each December, Barton Creek Resort & Spa opens their 4,100 square foot ice rink as part of the resort's Holiday Lights & Ice Event.  In addition to the ice rink, the resort is lite up with over 200,000 twinkly lights.  A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas.  We had the privilege of visiting this amazing resort this summer, so I really can not wait to see it all dressed up for the Holidays.

Guests of the resort can enjoy the skating rink with all-day skating passes, which start at $25 for children and $35 for adults.  Local visitors can skate at individual skate sessions which start at $17 for children and $23 for adults.

Barton Creek Resort & Spa would be a wonderful place to get away for a quick Holiday break with the family.  They have a fun "Winter Wishes" package that is only $99 per person, per night and includes fun activities: 
·         One skating session per person, per night of stay
·         A festive breakfast buffet in the resort’s Hill Country Dining Room
·         $25 voucher to be redeemed in the resort’s Holiday Gift Shop
·         A warm treat for the kids

The ice rink will be open now through Sunday, January 6, 2013. Skating is all on a first-come, first-serve basis with no reservations click here for session times.  The cost of skating includes skate rental as well.  Carnival games for all ages are next to the skating rink and hot chocolate & 'smores kits will be available for purchase.

Families will also have complimentary access to Frosty’s Family Fun Room, open daily in December from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with special activities available Friday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Frosty’s Family Fun Room activity and games include Christmas cookie decorating, “Dress your Snowman,” Snowflake Making, Holiday Face Painting, Pin the Nose on Frosty, Frosty Snowball Toss, and Snowflake Balloon Catch.

As with most kids who have been raised in Texas, our opportunities to ice skate have been limited.  So I can't wait to take advantage of the fun!  Now, I just need to concentrate on not breaking a leg.....

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