Top picks: Ice Skating Spots in NYC

The holiday’s may be over but winter is just starting and they’re plenty of fun still to be had. If you’re in the mood for something that’s fun, active and can involve the whole family, this is a great choice.

The Rink at the Rockefeller


Set behind the beautiful christmas tree, decked out by all those lights skating at the Rockefeller is almost a mandatory aspect of the quintessential New York experience. The only downside is that there is a 90 minute ice skating schedule so you may be in for a long wait. If you’ve never tried it but you would like to, now is your chance! You can view the skate schedule here.

Admission: Adults: $27–$30; Seniors/Children (under 11): $15. Skate rental: $12
Opening Times: Monday-Sunday 8:30am to midnight
Address: 600 5th Ave.
Getting There: B, D, F, M to 47-50th Sts./Rockefeller Center


The Winter Village at Bryant Park



The rink at Bryant Park is in the heart of Midtown and it’s overlooks the beautiful New York Public Library. There are some nice winter markets surrounding giving you something more to do when you’re out there.  I didn’t mention this, but it’s free! Here’s a warning though, don’t bring too many bags because you will need to pay $9 for a locker. For more information, click here.

Admission: Free. Skate rental: $15–$19
Opening Times: Monday-Sunday, 8am to 10pm
Address: Between 40th and 42nd Sts. & 5th and 6th Aves.
Getting There: 7 to 5th Ave.; B, D, F, M to 42nd St./Bryant Park


The Standard Ice Rink



Located on the High Line this cute little rink is located in the centre of the Meatpacking District. The rink is surrounded by winter markets selling delicious winter eats, such as cider and donuts. It’s open until 1 am, but given its location this rink is much more adult friendly in the evenings as it becomes more of a party.

Admission: Adults: $12; Kids: $6. Skate rental: $3
Opening Times: Weekdays noon to midnight, weekends 9am to 1am
Address: 848 Washington st (at 13th street)
Getting There: L to 8th Ave.; A, C, E to 14th St.


Wollman Rink in Central Park

New York City Central Park 06 Wollman Rink And Buildings On Southwest Of Park


Set in the beautiful Central Park, this rink makes many appearances on popular movies close to our heart. If you would like to try some of the other skating rinks first, you have time as it’s here until April. If skating isn’t your thing but your friends and family want to go, be weary that they charge a $5 fee for spectators.

Admission:  Monday-Thursday. Adults $11.25, Kids (11 & under) $6, Seniors $5; Weekends & holidays: Adults $18, Kids (11 & under) $6, Seniors $9; Spectators $5; Skate rental: $8
Opening Times:  Monday & Tuesday 10am–2:30pm, Wednesday & Thursday 10am­–10pm, Friday & Saturday 10am–11pm, Sunday 10am–9pm
Address: Entrance on W. 59th St. and 6th Ave.
Getting There: A, B, C, D, 1, 9 to 59th St.; N, R to 5th Ave.; B, Q to 57th St.


Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers



Located at Chelsea Piers this indoor rink is open year round. Although it is mostly reserved for professional skaters and hockey they do open their doors to the public during the week. This setting is not as beautiful as some of the others around the city, but it’s a decent sized rink and still a lot of fun regardless, they also rent out a private room for parties.

Admission: $10. Skate rental $5
Opening Times: Click here to view their current schedule. Closed Wednesday.
Address: Pier 61, Hudson River Greenway at 23rd St.
Getting There: A, C to 23rd St


LeFrak Center Ice Rink at Prospect Park



Set in Brooklyn’s beautiful Prospect Park, you’ll need to venture across the bridge to get to this one. Bright side it’s 32,000 ft of skating space and part of it is undercover. They also offer party packages and skate classes for all ages. You can learn more on their website.

Admission: $6–$8, skate rental: $6
Opening Times: 
Closed Monday. Tuesday–Thursday 11am to 6pm, Friday 11am–8pm, Saturday 10am–9pm, Sunday 10am–6pm
Address: 171 East Drive in Prospect Park, enter on Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to the park
Getting There: B, Q to Parkside Avenue

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