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This post lists the best ice skating rinks in New York City, including hours, tickets (and available discounts), directions, and suggestions to make your experience great.
Ice-skating in Central Park is popular with locals and travelers alike. The combination of the natural setting with the sparkling skyline in the background is magical.
The park is a must-see destination on your trip, any time of the year. There is something for everyone. Our guide to Central Park lays it all out for you.
If you are interested in exploring the park with a guide, consider taking one of our pay-what-you-wish Central Park walking tours.
This outdoor rink offers a stunning skyline view of the surrounding buildings while you skate. You may recognize this rink from the movie Serendipity. (See our Christmas Movie Tour which you might enjoy).
MONEY-SAVING TIP: If you are planning on visiting the nearby Museum of Modern Art, there is a combo ticket that includes entry to MoMA ($25 value) and entrance to Wollman Rink with skate rental ($22 value/$29 on weekends).
Plus, you also get a gift card to Century 21 department store! Purchase this great combo deal here: Wollman Rink/Museum of Modern Art combo ticket.
Avoid the lines with these special tickets:
From Dec. 23-31, you can get out on the ice at 8:30 am before the general public enters at 10 am. You can continue skating past 10 am.
Only 100 people total are allowed on the ice during a session, so this is a unique opportunity. The cost is $50 per person, plus tax. Ice skate rental is included. Storage locker, if needed, costs $5.
Though it costs quite a bit more than the public skating hours, if your time is limited, it’s something to consider. Click here to make reservations.
With this pass, you go can skip the line, get unlimited skating time, and have three-hour access to a heated, rink-side hospitality tent with complimentary refreshments. The price also includes rental skates and a locker.
November 28th – January 1st: $85 per person (plus tax) / January 2nd – February 16th: $62 per person (plus tax)
Find out more on their website.
This outdoor rink is located on the northern end of Central Park below the neighborhood of Harlem. The rink doesn’t draw the tourist crowds and they also offer skating lessons if you need a refresher.
If you are up at Lasker Rink, check out Harlem for some warming comfort food, historic sites, and unique culture.
Our Guide to Harlem has plenty of information for you.
There are several rinks throughout the city, varying in price, range. One rink is free to skate, though if you don’t have your own skates, you will have to pay to rent some.
The most expensive is Rockefeller Center, but it also offers you one of those special New York moments.
TIP: Some tourist discount passes include ice skating packages which save you money. See our post on tourist passes to see if one is right for you.
The picture-perfect moment on any holiday trip to New York is skating at the rink at Rockefeller Center. Fortunately, for those coming before the holidays, the rink opens in October.
In late November the iconic Christmas Tree is lit, giving the rink that extra special holiday feeling.
To see the tree lighting, read our post, Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony,
Reserved Ticket Options
Whether you go skating or not, there is so much more to do at Rockefeller Center. Use our self-guided tour of Rockefeller Center to learn more.
How can they afford to let you skate for free? Because the skate rental price is much higher than other rinks.
For almost all of December and early January, skate rental is a whopping $33!
Non-peak dates (varies by month), rental is between $18- $23. Much of November is $23 to rent skates. January and February are mostly $18.
Also, peak times, the wait to get on the ice can be long. We don’t want to deter you from skating at this beautiful rink.
So we include tips below on how to save money and time if you choose to skate here.
Tips to save you time and money:
First, you can save a lot of money by leaving your bags at a secure luggage storage shop near the rink. See our post on luggage storage in NYC.
Second, some tourist discount passes can save you money off of the steep skate rental prices. For example, NY Pass holders get a free skate rental.
For those more concerned about saving time, a New York Explorer Pass allows you to enter through the Express line.
If you aren’t familiar with tourist discount passes, find out more about the benefits of purchasing one from our post comparing all the pass options.
This Lower Manhattan rink has stunning views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
At 7,350 square feet, it’s way larger than the Rockefeller Center rink and can accommodate 250 skaters at a time.
Also, there are lots of things to do inside Brookfield Place, with shopping, a great food court and rotating art exhibits and performances.
This outdoor rink is located on the rooftop at Pier 17, so you get stunning views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and the even Empire State Building in the distance!
It is located in the South Street Seaport which is a lovely historic district in Lower Manhattan. The entrance to the rooftop is on the south side of Pier 17 (opposite Brooklyn Bridge side).
When you purchase a ticket online, you choose a time slot. Enter the rink at that time and skate as long as you want! Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Seaport Skate House.
Admission to this rink is as cheap as it gets (other than free Bryant Park). It’s located in Manhattan’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood on the border of Harlem.
The ice rink is a state-of-the-art facility that serves as an indoor roller-skating rink in spring and summer and in the colder months transforms into an outdoor ice rink.
While in Hamilton Heights, you can take a quick bus ride to Harlem where you can find fantastic comfort food! Perfect after ice-skating! Use our neighborhood guide to Harlem to see where to eat.
The year-round indoor skating rink at Pier 61 has public hours 6 days a week, with afternoon hours. Before or after your skate, consider joining our pay-what-you-wish Chelsea and High Line Tour. If you prefer to explore on your own, use our guide to the High Line.
TIP: If you get hungry, be sure to stop by the Chelsea Market for great food!
Located on the High Line, the Standard Hotel has a miniature skating rink alongside its Alpine-themed terrace serving seasonal eats and drinks.
Kids are welcome, but this spot is definitely geared toward adults, especially in the evening when the rink feels more like a party.
If you are curious about New York City’s most populated borough, go ice skating in Brooklyn and find out!
Ice-skating in Prospect Park is as lovely as skating in Central Park, but it’s more affordable and less crowded.
For even more to do, see our post, Things to do in Brooklyn.
Coney Island is known for its summer fun. At this rink by the famous boardwalk, public skating is available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (October – March).
Coney Island is great all year-round. Use our Guide to Coney Island to find out all the fun things you can do there.
Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center Ice Rink includes two rinks (one indoor and one outdoor) and 32,000 square foot total for skating.
Visitors can join one of the many classes offered for everyone from toddlers to beginner adults, or bring the family down for open skate sessions.
Prospect Park is located in the charming neighborhood of Park Slope. It’s worth a stroll around and our self-guided tour can help you find your way around.
Aviator Sports in Brooklyn has the only indoor ice skate rink in NYC open 365 days a year. They have two rinks that are NHL-size and prices are very reasonable. It can be reached by public transportation.
This rooftop skating facility in Long Island City is open year-round. Its NHL-size skate rink offers public skating, hockey programs for youths and adults and the City Ice Pavilion’s Skating School.
There are so many reasons to visit New York City in the winter months. For a complete guide of things to do this season, see our Winter Guide to New York City.
November to March is considered off-peak season (excluding the holidays). There are fewer tourists in town and you can enjoy the most popular attractions without waiting in line.
If you do plan on seeing at least 2 of the city’s main paid attractions, look into purchasing an all-inclusive tourist attraction discount pass.
They can often help you save a sizeable amount of money during your trip. Read our post that compares the various attraction passes.
The colder months are an excellent time to take a bus tour. You can stay warm but still see it all.
Our post, Best New York Bus Tours, can help you find the right tour for you.
For other events, see our post Things to do in NYC in November.
You can also experience an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
Our post, Things to do in December in New York City has dozens of events and activities for this jovial month.
January has plenty to keep you busy and save you money! Get 2-for-1 deals on select theater shows during Broadway Week.
February is a short month but full of fun things to do! Celebrate the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown or spend President’s Day visiting the historic sites in Lower Manhattan, such as Federal Hall, where George Washinton was inaugurated. See our post of Things to do in February in NYC for more ideas.
March is Women’s History Month – what could be more perfect than a visit to Lady Liberty! Here’s our guide on How to Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
March is also a very good month to take one of our pay-what-you-wish tours since our tour groups are smaller and the weather is moderate. See all our tours by clicking here.
Our post, New York City in March, has many more suggestions for what to do in March.
No matter when you visit New York, be sure to check out our definitive guide of Things to Do in NYC.