5 Great Ice-Skating Rinks in New York City

5 Great Ice-Skating Rinks in New York City

The Rink at Rockefeller Center (©Tishman Speyer)

Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy one of New York City’s favorite pastimes! Celebrate the season by skating on one of the many ice rinks in Manhattan!

The Rink at Rockefeller Center (Midtown): Built by John D. Rockefeller in 1930, Rockefeller Center is the ultimate historic landmark of New York City. In 1936, Rockefeller’s famous ice-skating rink was installed and opened to the public. The Rink at Rockefeller Center opens daily at 8:30 am for 90 minute sessions (with a break every 30 minutes) and closes at midnight. For general admission skating, adults are $25 on a standard day, $27 during holidays and $32 during peak times. For children under 11 and seniors it costs $15 anytime. Skate rentals are $12 and skate lessons are $50. 

In 1931, during the Great Depression, construction workers put up a 20-foot tree in the middle of Rockefeller Center. Then, in 1933, Rockefeller Center debuted its first official Christmas tree, which began the national tradition that we know and love today. This year, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting will occur on November 30. The tree will remain up until January 7, 2017, so make sure to set aside some time to skate beneath this iconic holiday conifer. After your skating session, take one of the outdoor elevators down to the underground concourse for some shopping and lunch.

Wollman Rink (Central Park): During the cold months in the late 1800s, New Yorkers would ice skate on ponds in what would later become Central Park. Repeat history by skating in Wollman's ice-skating rink, located in the park. The rink is open seven days a week. Monday-Thursday, adults can skate for $12 and children for $6.00. Friday-Sunday and holiday admission for adults costs $19. Skate rentals cost $9.00 and lock rentals are $5, plus a $6 refundable deposit.

The Rink at Brookfield Place (Battery Park City): Experience the most breathtaking views of the Hudson River while you are on the rink at Brookfield Place. U.S. Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov opened this rink to offer families an enjoyable activity during the winter months. Beginning this Saturday, November 12, The Rink is open to the public daily—including holidays—though times vary each day of the week. A single skating lesson is 90 minutes long for $15 and skate rentals cost $5.

The Rink in Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (Midtown): Through March 5, 2017, Bryant Park is transformed into a winter village. Holiday shops such as jewelers, artisans and specialty foods (like chimney cake, which is dough wrapped around a stick, baked, then rolled in sweet toppings of your choice) surround the main attraction, which is the 170' x 100’ rink. The Rink offers free admission, though skate rentals cost $20 and to check your bag, depending on the size, costs $10-$20. The Rink also offers skate aids for $20 an hour to help children under the age of 10 during their skating session.

Sky Rink (Chelsea Piers): The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers has been New York City’s most popular indoor skating rink since 1969. The rink is open seven days a week and all ages are welcome to skate for just $10. The rink also offers skate rentals for $5 and helmet rentals for $4.25.

 

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers (©Scott McDermott)


 

 

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