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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. In addition to the iconic rinks like Rockefeller Center and Wollman Rink, there are some new rinks at interesting locations, like Governor's Island!


MANHATTAN ICE SKATING RINKS

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 Rink at Rockefeller Center

The picture-perfect moment on any holiday trip to New York is skating at the rink at Rockefeller Center.

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.

people ice skating

  • Location: In front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (map).
  • Schedule: late November 2021 - March 6, 2022.
    • 9 am-11 pm. Sessions are 40-60 minutes long with time slots every 10 minutes starting at 9 am until 10:30 pm, and a final session each day at 11 pm.
  • General Admission Prices:
    • The price depends on the date and time.
    • Adults and children age 6 and up range from $20 -$54.
    • Children 5 and under rabnge from $8-$22.
  • Skate Rental: $10 (or bring your own for free)
  • Lockers: Available free of charge

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.


The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village

This rink is located in the middle of a lovely holiday market in Midtown Manhattan. It is the only FREE ice skating rink in NYC.

How can they afford to let you skate for free? Because the skate rental price is much higher than other rinks.

Below we include tips below on how to save money and time if you choose to skate here.

people ice skating at night
  • Location: Bryant Park. Enter at 40th St bet. 5th and 6th Aves. (map)
  • Schedule: October 29, 2021 - March 6, 2022.
    • Daily 8am-10pm. Check the website for special holiday hours.
  • Admission: Free. Advanced booking required
  • Skate rental: $15-$45 depending on time and day. You can save on rentals by visiting during off-peak hours and dates.
  • Storage options:
    • Bring a backpack to wear on the ice, smaller than 16” x 18”
    • Use one of their "shoe bags" that come free with skate rentals or $5 for purchase onsite
    • Bag Check service is available inside the Skating Pavilion. Prices are:
      • Small $5: one pair of shoes
      • Medium $12: two - four people
      • Large $15: five+ people, OR one oversized item eg: stroller, luggage, etc.

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.


Central Park

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.

You can also enjoy our self-guided tour or GPS-Enabled audio tour anytime, day or night.

people ice skating outdoors surrounded by tall buildings

Wollman Rink

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).

Tickets can be purchased online in advance where you can choose a time slot. You can also purchase tickets at the box office at the rink.

  • Location: Central Park. The rink is accessed from the entrance at 59th and 5th Avenue.
  • Schedule: November 14, 2021 - March 31, 2022.
    • Mon-Tues 10:00am-2:30pm, Wed-Thurs 10:00am-10:00pm, Fri- Sat 10:00am–11:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Tickets:  Online Purchase
    • Monday - Thursday:  $14 adults/$6 children (11 years and under)/ $5 for seniors
    • Friday - Sunday and Holidays:  $23 adults/$6 children (11 years and under)/ $9 for seniors
    • First responders and Veterans & active military with ID: $11
    • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Skate Rental: $11 or bring your own skates
  • Locker rentals: $7 (with a refundable deposit)
  • Skate Sharpening: $20
  • Spectator Entrance (no ice-skating) $6

Lasker Rink

This smaller rink in Central Park, located near Harlem, is closed until 2024 when it will reopen as part of the expanded Harlem Meer Center. Stay tuned for this exciting new entertainment venue!

Meanwhile, if you do decide to visit Harlem, our Guide to Harlem has plenty of information for you.


The Rink at Brookfield Place

This Lower Manhattan rink has stunning views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

people skating on an outdoor rink

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.

  • Location:  230 Vesey Street between West Street and North End Avenue (map)
  • Schedule: mid-November 2021 until TBA.
    • Start times for a 60-minute session:
      • Monday - Friday 2:00pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 5:45pm, 7:00pm, 8:15pm
      • Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 9:00am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:00pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 5:45pm, 7:00pm, 8:15pm
  • Price:  $17 (60 mins)
  • Skate rental:  $5

Brookfield Place is across the street from the 9/11 Memorial. Our self-guided tour and GPS-enhanced audio tour tell you all about the Memorial and what to see.


The Rink at Manhattan West 

Debuting in 2021, this rink is located just north of Hudson Yards, home to the incredible EDGE, one of the city's sky-high observation decks.

Also nearby is the High Line, a unique urban park and a must-see destination, so be sure to save some time before or after your skate to see the nearby attractions.

  • Location:  Location: 385 Ninth Avenue (map)
  • Schedule: November 29, 2021–March 27, 2022.
    • Start times for a 60-minute session:
      • Monday - Friday 2:00pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 5:45pm, 7:00pm, 8:15pm
      • Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 9:00am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2:00pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, 5:45pm, 7:00pm, 8:15pm
  • Price:  $20 (60 mins)
  • Skate rental:  $5

Governors Island Winter Village Ice Rink

New York City's latest outdoor ice-skating rink is on Governors Island, located just a short ferry ride from Manhattan.

You'll get incredible views of the harbor and Lower Manhattan. You can skate for free on Free Fridays!

  • Location: Governors Island
  • Schedule: Dec. 17, 2021- TBA
    • Fri­days 12 pm - 5pm; Sat­ur­days and Sun­days from 10am to 5pm
  • Price: Friday - free. Sat and Sun $11 (all ages)
  • Skate rental:  $8

Read more about this fun destination year-round from our post, Things to Do on Governors Island.


Winterland Rooftop Rink at Pier 17

This outdoor rink is located on the rooftop at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. Unfortunately, it is closed for the 2021-2022 season but should be back next year!


BROOKLYN

If you are curious about New York City's most populated borough, go ice skating in Brooklyn and find out!

With rinks in such places as Coney Island and Prospect Park, you can skate while taking in some of Brooklyn's most beloved locales.

For even more to do, see our post, Things to do in Brooklyn.


Abe Stark Rink at the Coney Island Boardwalk

Coney Island is known for its summer fun. At this indoor rink by the famous boardwalk, public skating is available on Saturday afternoons from October - March. 

  • Location: Boardwalk and West 19th Street, at Coney Island (map)
  • Schedule: October 2021 - March 2022
    • Saturdays 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm 
  • Price: $9 per person
  • Skate Rental: $5
  • Note that proof of vaccination is required to be in the facility. 

Coney Island is great all year round. Use our Guide to Coney Island to find out all the fun things you can do there. 


Lakeside Prospect Park

Prospect Park's LeFrak Center Ice Rink is located in the charming neighborhood of Park Slope. It includes an indoor and outdoor rink.  

At just $8 for entry on weekdays and $8 rentals, this is one of the less expensive skating options out there. It's also one of the prettiest!

  • Location:  171 East Drive, inside Prospect Park in Brooklyn (map). 
  • Schedule: November 9, 2021 - TBA 
    • Open Air Rink: Mon-Thurs 9am - 7pm, Fri and Sat 9am - 9 pm, Sun 9 am- 7pm.
    • Covered Rink: Mon-Thurs 9am - 4:30pm, Fri 9am - 7pm, Sat 1pm - 9 pm, Sun 1pm-4:30pm
  • Price:  $8 weekdays, $12 weekends
  • Skate Rentals:  $8

Make time for a stroll around the area, well worth a stroll! Use our self-guided tour to find your way around. 


IC Ice Rink

This outdoor rink is Brooklyn's Industry City complex in Sunset Park. You can shop in the complex and try some of New York City's best Chinese food in Sunset Park.

The easiest (and most scenic) way to get to this rink is via the East River Ferry service.

  • Location: Industry City
  • Schedule: Nov. 19, 2021 - TBA 
    • Thursday, 4-8pm; Friday, 12-8pm; Saturday, 11am-8pm; and Sunday, 11am-6pm
  • Price: $12
  • Skate rentals: $10

ArtRink at Brooklyn Children's Museum

This outdoor rink on the roof of the Brooklyn Children's Museum is perfect for skaters big and small.

While the price may seem a bit steep, it includes free skate rentals and museum admission to the world-renown children’s museum. 

  • Location: 145 Brooklyn Avenue 
  • Schedule: early December 2021 - March 31, 2022
    • Thursday-Friday, 2-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
  • Price: $23 per person

For more ideas on how to enjoy NYC with the family, see our post on What to Do with Kids in New York City.


Queens

City Ice Pavilion

This rooftop skating facility in Long Island City, Queens 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. 

  • Location:  47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City (map)
  • Schedule: November 17, 2021 - April 10, 2022.
    • Sundays 11:40 AM – 2:20 PM and occasional Saturdays.
  • Price: $12
  • Skate rental: $8
  • Locker rental: $.75


WINTER ACTIVITIES IN NYC

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.

In addition to finding cheap airfare and good hotel deals, there are many other reasons to come to NYC, as there is always something going on here.

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.

New York Tourist Discount Passes

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. 

New York Bus Tours

November has the magical Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the lighting ceremony of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

For other events, see our post Things to do in NYC in November.

December is a wonderful time to be in New York. You can enjoy all the Christmas-related events, such as taking a Holiday Lights of Manhattan Tour or strolling the many pop-up Holiday markets.

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.

Pay under $30 for a 3-course lunch at the top eateries during Restaurant Week.  There's much more to do so be sure to look at our list of Things to Do in NYC in January.

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.


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About The Author

Courtney

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the city’s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is “Have backpack, will travel”.
Updated: January 7th, 2022
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