The weather is cooling down so that means it’s time to lace up those skates and head to an ice skating rink near you, or maybe one that’s not so near but totally worth the trek. With so many great options to chose from, finding the perfect rink for you and your brood should be a cinch. From outdoor rinks to indoor ones, from those geared toward younger kiddos or semi-pro teens, there’s something on this list for everyone. Check out these 12 ice skating rinks in New York City, many of which are open now.
photo: via Bryant Park Facebook page
The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
This free rink opens Oct. 28 and offers skaters so much more than just a place to skate. The rink is surrounded by dozens of vendors selling amazing crafts and holiday-themed items. There’s also plenty of options for grabbing a bite to eat in Bryant Park, as you are sure to work up an appetite on the ice. While admission is free, skate rental costs $20 and parents can rent adorable penguin Skate Aids for $22/hr for their kiddos. However, be warned that the rink can get crowded with lines flooding out far beyond the entrance, especially during winter break. Off-peak times are best for families and locals who are looking to beat the crowds and enjoy a great skate in the middle of Manhattan.
41 W. 40th St.
Trump Lasker Rink in Central Park
It’s more than likely that you are familiar with Wollman Rink, located just a short walk from Central Park South, but there’s a lesser know known skate rink in Central Park that is much less crowded and has no time limit on how long you can skate! Lasker Rink is also comprised of two rinks, one for public skating and the other for a skate school that includes lessons in hockey and of course, ice skating. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 or kids 12 and under. Skate rentals cost $8 and a lock can be rented for $4, plus a $4 deposit. You can spend the entire day honing your skating skills at this large rink.
Upper East Side
photo: via Wollman Rink Facebook page
Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park
This iconic rink is surrounded by gorgeous views of the park and NYC skyline and makes for a great, fun-filled day in Manhattan. It’s currently open so why not head over there before it gets too cold?! Admission for adults is $12 Monday-Thursday and $19 Friday-Sunday. Kids 12 and under can skate for $6 any day of the week and skate rentals cost $10. You can also pay a $5 spectator fee if you’re more of a watcher than a skater. Please note that this rink can get crowded so aim to visit during off-peak times for less of a wait.
59th Street and Sixth Avenue entrance
Upper West Side
photo: via Rockefeller Center Facebook page
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
This rink is iconic New York and tourists and locals alike flock there, not only for the skating, but for a view of the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Nothing says “Christmas in New York,” more than Rock Center! If you can bear to wait in line, you will be met with an unforgettable experience. Sessions run for 90 minutes and it’s hard not to look up at the amazing architecture in your midst while skating. General admission to the rink is on a first-come first-served basis and costs $25- $33 for adults, depending on the time of season. Children under 11 and Seniors cost $11 and skates can be rented for $12.50. Of course, there are some great VIP packages offered that range in price from $60-$150, to help you beat the lines. Either way, it’s definitely worth a visit to take in some true New York holiday cheer!
49th Street and 50th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
photo: via Brookfield Place Facebook page
The Rink at Brookfield Place
If it’s a view you’re after, this rink should be first on your list. Skaters can take in amazing sights such as the Statue of Liberty and views of the New York Harbor. The rink can accommodate 250 skaters, for each of its 90 minute sessions. It also offers parent-child lessons and hockey classes for kids! If you need a bathroom or a bite to eat, head over to the adjacent Brookfield Place for a myriad of shopping and restaurants. Admission costs $15/session with a $5 skate rental.
200 Vesey St.
Battery Park City
The Rink at Riverbank State Park
This indoor rink on Manhattan’s Upper West Side offers lessons for kids, as well as a great hockey program. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12; skates cost $6 to rent; season passes are available for $100. Affordable birthday party packages are also offered. For a bite, check out Sofrito on the Hudson for some delicious, authentic Puerto Rican cuisine.
679 Riverside Dr.
Upper West Side
photo: via Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers Facebook page
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
If indoor skating is more your thing, check out the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. General skating is offered every day in the afternoon, except Wednesdays. The cost is $12 for skaters of all ages, $6 to rent skates, and $5 for a helmet. The Sky Rink is known for its amazing classes so if you’re little one is eager to up their skating game or take an intro class, check out the Skating School, which offers classes that range from absolute beginner to professional.
61 Chelsea Piers
photo: via Prospect Park Facebook page
LeFrak Center at Lakeside
You get two-for-one at this Prospect Park rink. Skaters can chose from an indoor or outdoor rink once they arrive. Parents will love the skating lessons and hockey leagues for kids. Not to mention, the rink offers great birthday party packages. Admission for kids and adults is $7, $10 on weekends. Skates can be rented for $7. Bluestone Cafe is great for lite bights and more and is open Thursday-Sunday.
171 East Dr.
Prospect Lefferts Gardens
photo: via Aviator Sports Facebook page
Floyd Bennett Field
You can skate year round at Aviator Sports at Floyd Bennett Field, which boasts two NHL-sized rinks. The rink is actually a former airplane hanger and has tons of public skate sessions throughout the week. It also offers extended hours during the weekends and holidays. Skating for non-members costs $12 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Skates can be rented for $6 and lockers are free, just be sure to bring your own lock.
3159 Flatbush Ave.
Floyd Bennett Field
Abe Stark Ice Skating Arena Coney Island
Coney Island isn’t just for arcade games, boardwalk strolls, and hot dogs, you can also ice skate there, too! The Abe Stark Rink is an indoor rink that will open just in time for Thanksgiving this year, on November 18. Admission is $10 for everyone and skates can be rented for $5. Please note the rink is open on weekends only and can get quite crowded.
Coney Island Boardwalk and W. 19th Street
photo: via World Ice Arena Facebook page
World Ice Arena
This year-round rink is open every day, save for July 4th and Labor Day, but other than that you are good to go! Located in Flushing Meadows park this rink is great for locals who are looking for a less crowded, more spacious rink. Weekday admission costs $7 for everyone, weekends and holidays cost $10 and skates can be rented for $6. Coin-operated lockers are available for $.75. There is a full-service cafe that is open while public skating is in session and it should be noted that no outside food or drink is allowed. The rink also offers a hockey program, skating school, and classes for adults. Group and party packages are also available.
13135 Avery Ave.
photo: via City Ice Pavilion Facebook page
City Ice Pavilion
Long Island City is home to this rink that is open year-round. It offers public skating sessions, youth hockey, ice skating lessons, and birthday party packages. It costs the same for kids and adults; $7 on weekdays, $10 on weekends and holidays. Skates can be rented for $6 and it is easily accessible via 7 train.
47-32 32nd Place
Long Island City