Where to Ice Skate in NYC

Where to Ice Skate in NYC

Trump Rink in Central Park, also known as Wollman Rink (Courtesy Trump Rink in Central Park)

I learned how to ice skate at an indoor rink with a view of mostly empty bleachers and a giant hockey scoreboard in lieu of winter scenery. Luckily New York’s outdoor rinks are much more picturesque, with views of Central Park, the skyline and the Rockefeller Center tree.

My first holiday season in New York, my friends and I stood in line on a Friday night to skate at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park’s ice rink. It’s a popular spot and we soon learned that a weekday would have been far less crowded. Despite the crowds, Bryant Park is a fun spot to skate with free admission and a festive holiday market through January 4th. The rink remains open until March 1st.

On the other side of the Hudson River, Newport Skates offers a great view of downtown Manhattan and is conveniently located in Jersey City near the PATH train and Holland Tunnel. Open through March, Newport also offers lessons.

One of New York’s most well known spots to skate, The Rink at Rockefeller Center, is open daily through April. The rates are a little pricier than other rinks, but worth it for the atmosphere, which includes a close-up view of Paul Manship’s famous sculpture of Prometheus.

Skate among the scenic foliage in Central Park at Trump Rink (also known as Wollman Rink) at the south end and Trump-Lasker Rink at the north end. Both rinks offer skating and hockey classes and they’re available to rent for private events and parties.

Add new comment