You don’t have to wait for snow (or winter) to go ice skating in NYC! Several of the city’s outdoor ice skating rinks are open now — with others soon to follow. From iconic spots like the Rink at Rockefeller Center and Central Park’s Wollman Rink to lesser-known (and less-crowded) rinks, here’s where to hit the ice! (P.S. bring your mask!)
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
This iconic New York City skating opens November 21, but you can, and should, reserve tickets now, especially because it closes early on January 17 this season. The rink is a favorite of tourists and locals alike, providing views of Rockefeller Center and its world-famous Christmas tree. (The tree arrives November 14 this year, to be prepped for a December 2 lighting.) Reserve a spot online. Tickets are $25- $35 for ages six an up, depending on the time of season; kids ages five and under are $10. Skate rental is $15. For a break on price, book the first or last skate for $10. Book a VIP package ($80-$90) to help you beat the lines and get a rink-side drink after you skate. Note that the skating season is shortened for 20
49th Street and 50th Street between Fifth & Sixth Avenues
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. Masks are required, and skaters' temperatures will be check before entering. 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. Important note!: this rink is cash only, both for admission and at the on-site snack bar, so bring some bills!
59th Street and Sixth Avenue entrance
Upper West Side
The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
One of the most popular skating rinks in NYC—in part because it's free to skate here if you bring your own blades—the experience at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, which includes the rink, is slightly different this year due to safety protocols. It is now a completely outdoor experience, and reservations and skate rentals must be made in advance online. Fewer skaters will be on the ice at one time as a result of decreased capacity, and additional cleaning protocols will be implemented to sanitize high-touch surfaces and rental equipment throughout the day.
It's still a festive time though: you can shop dozens of vendors selling unique crafts and holiday-themed items, and grab a bite from a curated group of food vendors. Or check out The Lodge Deck by Urbanspace: an outdoor, après skate-escape where you can sip a festive cocktail, have a snack and take in the tree and skaters.
While admission is free, skate rental costs $21 and parents can rent adorable penguin Skate Aids for $22/hr for their kiddos. The rink is open now through March 7.
41 W. 40th St.
Lasker Rink in Central Park
Lasker Rink is the other rink in Central Park (i.e., not Wollman) and it's much less crowded than it's famous counterpart. There's also no time limit on how long you can skate here. 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. (Registration is open now, FYI.) Masks, temperature checks and social distancing is required, and it's cash only here. Admission is $9 for adults; $5 for kids 12 and under, and $3 for seniors. Skate rentals cost $8 and a lock can be rented for $4, plus a $4 deposit.
Upper East Side
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. 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
Editor's note: The Rink at Riverbank State Park is currently closed.
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
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Editor's note: General skating sessions are not happening at the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers as of early November. However, Open Hockey sessions are open for ages 18 and up—view schedule here. Freestyle sessions are now available, and online registration required. Click here to reserve a session. Fall Youth Programs including Skating School and Youth Hockey Clinics are also happening. Click here for more info on those.
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 $13 for skaters of all ages, $7 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
LeFrak Center at Lakeside
The start of the season at this popular Brooklyn ice skating rink was delayed, but it opened on November 27. Skating sessions will be 90-minutes in length this year to manage capacity, and while some walk-up tickets may be available, it is highly recommended you buy your tickets in advance. Click here for weekday tickets; click here for weekend tickets (weekends start at 5 p.m. on Friday).
A rink with a unique layout—it's actually two: one open air, one covered—the LeFrak at Lakeside rink is nestled in a southern corner of Prospect Park, so it also provides some nice winter views. Parents love the skating lessons and hockey leagues for kids, and the rink offers great birthday party packages as well.
Admission for kids and adults is $7.50 on weekdays, $11 on weekends and holidays. Skates can be rented for $8, and they also have cute penguin skate aids, helmets and arm and kneepads for rental. The on site Bluestone Cafe is great for light bites and more and is open Thursday-Sunday.
171 East Dr.
Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Rink at Industry City
Yes, the outdoor ice rink is back for the 2020 holiday season at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. (This year, you can also roller skate at the complex thanks to Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco.) Officially known as The Industry City Ice Skating Rink Powered by Volvo Car USA, the petite, uncovered rink offers a festive and friendly vibe and is just the right size for taking a few spins. You can grab some hot cocoa and snacks from nearby vendors, and then peruse the various high-end furniture stores or visit Japan Village, also all in the complex.
Find it in courtyard 5/6, where you can skate Thursday through Sunday.Tickets are $12/person, and skate rentals are $10/person. They have penguin skate helpers and helmets for rental as well. Buy tickets on site at Industry City or online.
Courtyards 5 & 6
51 35th St.
Floyd Bennett Field
Editor's note: public ice skating is not open at Aviator Sports at 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
World Ice Arena
This year-round indoor rink located in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens is not currently open for public open skate. However, it is operating classes, hockey and freestyle skate sessions. Skaters must sign health and risk acceptance waivers to enter.
13135 Avery Ave.
City Ice Pavilion
Editor's note: As of November 11, City Ice Pavilion was not open for public skate. Click here for latest update on opening.
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
The Rink at American Dream
The Rink at American Dream, part of the mega entertainment and shopping complex in East Rutherford, is one of the newest rinks around. (You'll also find an amusement park, indoor skiing facility, water park and mini golf here.) The skating rink is NHL regulation-size, and you can free-skate or play hockey on it. You must reserve tickets in advance for a one-hour skating session—do that here. Admission for ages 10 and up is $19 on weekdays, $25 on weekends; for ages 3- 9, it's $12 on weekdays and $15 on weekends. Skate rental is $6. Helmets, which are mandatory for kids 10 and younger, are free of charge. Masks are required for all skaters age three and up.
1 American Dream Way
East Rutherford, NJ
—Bethany Braun & Mimi O’Connor