The Best Ice Skating in NYC
If there’s one thing you just have to do in New York City every winter (besides seeing the marvelous Christmas trees), it’s ice skating between the skyscrapers. Skating is one of those classic, must-experience traditions that tourists and true New Yorkers alike share. Oh, and the choices of rinks! If you’re not too sure which rink best suits you, here’s a list of our favorite ice skating rinks in NYC!
Winter Village at Bryant Park
Imagine this: an ice skating rink right smack in the heart of midtown. Better yet, it’s three times the size of Rockefeller Center! Winter Village at Bryant Park is one of my favorite, festive, and oh so fun spots to really get into the winter spirit. With hot cocoa and seasonal shops surrounding the rink, you’ll truly be in an NYC winter wonderland!
General admission at the ice skating rink is free for skates of all sizes to show off their moves on the ice. Don’t have your own pair of skates? Lace up a rental set from the park for $20. They also offer helmet rentals, socks for purchase, lockers, and bag checks.
Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
I mean… Did you really think we would leave out the most iconic ice skating rink in Manhattan!? From the famous tree in the background, to the New York City Rockettes around the corner, The Rink at Rockefeller Center is one of the most memorable spots in town.
With room for only 150 skaters at a time, lace up your skates and check out the rink’s ice time schedule. Open from 8:30 am to 12 midnight, the ice will stay frozen until April 16th, 2017, and here are a few options to make your trip to The Rink one to remember:
- Make a VIP skate reservation
- Plan an engagement on the ice (guarantee you’ll see at least two!)
- Afternoon tea and skating reservations
The Rink at Brookfield Place
If you’re looking for an ice skating rink that will give you a once-in-a-lifetime skate and a show, skid over to The Rink at Brookfield Place with Gregory and Petukhov.
This cool spot offers public skating, private lessons, AND musical skating performances!
- Public skating sessions are priced at $15 for a 90 minute ice time
- $5 skate rentals
- Individual season passes available
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Designed more for hockey leagues and a top-notch figure skating school, the indoor Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers does open its nearly perfect ice for general skating. For a few hours every day (except Wednesday), skaters of all ages are invited to twirl, jump, and glide for $10 (not including skate rentals). If your child, friend, or family members can’t stay off the ice, Sky Rink offers party packages for skaters to celebrate their day!
The Standard Ice Rink
Sharpen up your blades for a winter thrill of gliding around The Standard Ice Rink. Located on the High Line, The Standard Hotel’s miniature “nightlife” rink is known to stay open late. Stocked with hot cider, black and white hot chocolate, and warm waffles to keep you fueled to skate your heart out. Skaters of all ages are welcome, but this spot is geared more towards adults as the night (or the party) goes on! Adult skating tickets are $12, kids $6, and $3 skating rentals.
Wollman Rink in Central Park
Wollman Rink fits Central Park South and Fifth Avenue like a cashmere-lined glove. As the largest and most glamorous rink in the city, Wollman Rink is a favorite among New Yorkers and tourists alike. Public skating ends at various times throughout the week, but be sure to have your laces tied tight at 10 am each morning! Admission for adults from Monday-Thursday is $12, children 11 and under $6, and seniors are $6. If you decide to skate on the weekend, adult tickets are $19, children $11, and seniors $9.
Skates are available to rent at $9 a pair.
BONUS Rink – Aviator
With winter in full swing in New York, don’t feel like your weekend activities are limited to Manhattan! If you’re feeling adventurous and need to fill that desire to skate somewhere new, check out Aviator‘s indoor ice skating rink in Brooklyn. Open 365 days a year, this public rink has two NHL-sized rinks and offers free lockers for skaters (bring your own lock!). With reasonable admission prices – $11 for adults and kids under 11 $9 – skates are available to rent for $5.
After your ice time, grab a bite to eat in the rink’s general food court or their own Aces Sports Lounge!
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