The Best Places To Roller Skate In NYC
Let the good times roll! Introduce your friends, family, or yourself to the old school art of roller skating. With locations both inside and outside, this is the perfect activity for being active on both rainy and sunny spring days. We’ve rounded up the best spots to roller skate in the city below!
For Roller Skating On The Westside: Riverbank State Park Roller Rink or Pier 62 Skate Park
For those Glenwood residents living on the Westside, boy are you in luck! There’s not one but two options for roller skating in your neighborhood! The first is located higher uptown, at Riverbank State Park. It’s technically the only real roller rink in Manhattan (the other options are more “pop-up” style), and was recently remodeled. It has a new concrete floor, acrylic glass sides, and a few other fancy upgrades. While the rink is covered, it acts as an ice skating rink during the winter months, so is open only seasonally for roller skating, from May through October.
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Riverbank State Park Roller Rink Prices
- Tickets: $1.50/person
- Skate Rentals: $6/day
The rink is also available for group rentals, which is a great idea for birthday party celebrations, or even a throwback 90’s party!
If you’d prefer a more DIY approach to skating in the city, head to the free Pier 62 Skate Park in Chelsea’s Hudson River Park. While this skate park doesn’t offer rentals, you are welcome to bring your own skates, roller blades, and even skate boards, and have a blast from 8am to dusk, every day weather permitting. The park is free of bikers and walkers, and is 15,000 square feet of gentle hills and slopes. Throw on your headphones and blast your best playlist, and voila! You have a skating party on the pier!
For Roller Skating In Central Park: Central Park Dance Skaters Association
If you live on the Upper East Side and own your own skates, the Central Park Dance Skaters Association is a fabulous option for your to skate this season. Despite it looking like a show, you don’t have to be a member or even professional skater in order to join in the fun! They host free public events, which include a wonderful DJ, and really feels like a fun skating party.
From children to seniors, everyone can have fun at this outdoor skating event. You can check their website for the schedule of when they’ll be in Central Park, close to the Central Park Bandshell in the middle of the park. Super convenient for residents living at The Somerset.
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Good To Know
If you plan to go skating but aren’t going to a place with rentals, you can plan ahead and purchase your skating great at one of the city’s sport’s stores, such as Modell’s Sporting Goods (they have several locations in downtown Manhattan), or even order them with speedy delivery via Amazon Prime. It’s suggested that, in addition to the roller skates or roller blades, you also have a helmet and knee and elbow pads for extra protection.
And if you want to throw on your gear and create your own skating day, be sure to check out New York City’s Inline Skating Guide. It will give you a wonderful rundown of all the public parks and pathways that allow roller skating, and also lists times of group skate meetups.