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9 Outstanding Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks – 3 Are Brand New!

While there’s no snow on the ground yet, you can get your winter sports fix starting now. Many of the city’s outdoor ice skating rinks are already open. If your kids are ready to lace up their skates and show off their figure eights (or simply their ability to stay on their feet), check out our list, which includes three very exciting new ice skating rinks set to open later this year.

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Trump Rink in Central Park

Formerly known as Wollman RinkCentral Park’s Trump Rink, opened on October 26, 2013 for the season., charges only $10.75 on weekdays and $16 on weekends for adults, and $5.75/$6 for children under the age of 11. Skate rental is $6.75 for all, and lessons are available in both Figure Skating as well as Hockey.

Hours:  Mon. & Tues., 10:00 am – 2:30 pm; Wed. & Thurs., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fri. & Sat., 10:00 am – 11:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Cost: Mon. – Thurs., $11.25 for adults, $6 for kids 11 and under; Fri. – Sun. and holiday weekends, $18 for adults, $6 for kids 11 and under; skate rentals $8. Cash only.

Go: Central Park, enter at Central Park South (59th Street) and 6th Avenue and follow the footpath into the park, staying to the right. Midtown West.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

The beloved holiday rink at Rock Center officially opened for business on October 12, 2013 and you can keep on skating through April 2014. You probably know that this rink gets crazy crowded during the holidays, but did you know that for a little extra ($40 per person) you can enjoy the First Skate of the day? Just for the holiday season, November 22 through January 6, 2014, the rink will open at 7:00 am for early birds – no crowds, no waiting, but reservations are required to revel in this special hour. Not a morning person? You can also pay $50 per person ($105 during the holidays) for a 90-minute, reservations-required VIP Skate, which includes a pass straight to the head of the line, hot cocoa, free skate rental, cookies and skating tips.

Hours:  Open daily from 8:30 pm to midnight, with periodic half hour breaks for a Zamboni to clean the ice

Cost: $27 for adults, $15 dollars for children 11 and under, and Skate Rental is another $12, though you’re welcome to bring your own boots and blades.

Go: Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, Midtown East.

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The Standard Ice Rink
Since 2010, the Standard Hotel adjacent to the High Line, has opened its own 3,000 square foot outdoor skating rink each winter, complete with open ice, skating lessons, hockey tournaments, hot chocolate, fondue and more. We hear the scene-y rink will be opening its doors in late November this year, and it will stay open through January 2014.

Hours:  weekdays, 12:00 pm – 12:00 am; weekends, 9:00 am – 1:00 am.

Cost: $12 for adults, $6 for kids, $3 skate rental.

Go: 848 Washington Street at 13th Street. Meatpacking District.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park 
Ever go to a free summer movie in Bryant Park? Well, in the winter, that same space becomes a temporary ice rink, The Rink, open this year November 1, 2013 through March 2, 2014. Here the admission is free – but don’t be fooled, it will likely still cost you. Skate rental is $15, and bag check is $7-$10 if you don’t bring your own lock to use a free locker. Plus, the lines – especially on the weekends – are endless (and, since you’re waiting outside, usually very, very cold). Fast Passes however are available for $25, which includes skates.

Hours:  Sun. – Thurs., 8:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fri. & Sat., 8:00 am – 12:00 am.

Cost: Free admission, $15 for skates.

Go: 40th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Midtown West.

Lasker Rink
Located on 110th Street at the very tip of Central Park, this Trump Rink facility boasts two Olympic sized ice rinks in addition to its own hockey league for boysgirls and adults. Since fewer people know about Lasker, there’s hardly ever a wait to get on the ice.

Hours:  Mon. – Thurs., 10:00 am – 3:45 pm; Fri., 10:00 am – 11:00 pm; Sat., 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Sun., 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

Cost: $7.50 for Adults, $4 for kids, $6.50 skate rental.Cash only.

Go: Central Park, enter at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue. Harlem.

River Bank State Park Ice Rink
Red Tricycle has already highlighted Riverbank State Park as the place to turn for some of the lowest priced children and adult classes in town. And ice skating is no exception. Admission to the covered rink are a bargain. Group skating lessons, hockey and a Figure Skating Club are also offered at reasonable rates. When you sign up for a class, rink admission and skate rental is included.

Hours:  Fri., 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Sat & Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Holidays, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for kids, skate rental $6.

Go: 679 Riverside Drive. Harlem.

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New York City’s Newest Ice Rinks

McCarren Rink

In the summer McCarren Park has a pool and now in the winter, it has an ice rink. Opening on Nov. 15, 2013, it will be North Brooklyn’s first outdoor skating rink. The 7,200 square foot rink will host skating lessons and food carts. The rink is scheduled to stay open through January 2014.

Hours:  11:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for kids, $5 skate rental.

Go: 776 Lorimer Street. Williamsburg.

The Rink at Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place is set open a new 7,350 square feet outdoor ice skating rink mid-month nestled between the Winter Garden and North Cove Marina. Accommodating up to 250 skaters at once, this is a great option for downtown dwellers. Asphalt Green Barry Park City has teamed up to offer hockey and skating lessons. The rink is scheduled to stay open through March 2014.

Hours:  10:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Cost: $12.50, $5 skate rental.

Go: 250 Vesey Street. Battery Park.

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Lakeside Rinks in Prospect Park

Prospect Park’s updated 26-acre Lakeside area is finally due to open this December. Included in the project – 30,000 square feet of ice skating surface split between two rinks, one covered and one completely open. The covered rink’s canopy is destined to be amazing with a constellation pattern painted on it. There will also be skate rentals, lockers and a cafe. Stay tuned for more details on these coming rinks.

Go: Prospect Park, near Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue. Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

Where will you be practicing your figure eights this winter?

Central Park image courtesy of Rambling Traveler via Flickr.

– Julie Seguss & Alina Adams


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