Where to Go Ice Skating in New York City

This post lists the best ice-skating rinks in New York City. We include hours, ticket prices (including available discounts), directions, and suggestions to make your experience great. We also include links to our visitor guides of the neighborhoods where the rinks are located. 

 

 


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 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. 


Wollman Rink

This outdoor rink offers a stunning skyline view of the surrounding buildings while you skate. It is a very popular rink so there will likely be a wait.  This rink is recognizable from movies such as Serendipity. You can take lessons with their Family Skating 101.

  • Location: Central Park.  The rink is easily accessed from the southeast park entrance at Grand Army Plaza (59th and 5th Avenue).
  • Schedule: Check website for dates not yet announced.
  • Prices:  CASH ONLY
    • Monday – Thursday:  $12 adults/$6 children (11 years and under)/ $5 for seniors
    • Friday – Sunday and Holidays:  $19 adults/$6 children (11 years and under)/ $9 for seniors
  • Skate Rental: $10
  • Locker rentals $5 (with a $6 refundable deposit)
  • Spectator Entrance (no ice-skating) $5

Avoid the lines with special tickets

Holiday Early Mornings  

From Dec. 22-Dec. 31, you can get out on the ice at 8:30 am before the general public has access at 10 am. You can continue skating past 10 am. Though it costs quite a bit more than the public skating hours, if your time is limited, it’s something to consider.  Price is $48 per person, plus tax and includes admission and skate rental.  Click here to make reservations.

VIP Reservations 

At $82 per person, this is a pricey way to enjoy Wollman Rink, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. VIP guests go ahead of the line and get unlimited skating as well as three-hour access to a heated, rink-side hospitality tent with complimentary refreshments. The price also includes rental skates and a locker. Find out more on their website


Lasker Rink 

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.

  • Location:  Central Park, just south of the Harlem Meer.  It can be accessed by any of the north park entrances. (map)
  • Schedule: 
    • Weekdays: Mon, Tues, Thurs  9:30 am-4:00 pm;  Wed 9:00 am-2:30 pm; Fri 9:30 am-4:50 pm & 6:00 pm-11:00 pm  
    • Weekends: Sat 1:00pm-11:00 pm;  Sun 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Price:  CASH ONLY $9 for adults, $5 for children and $3 for seniors
  • Skate Rental: $8
  • Locker rentals $4 (with a $4 refundable deposit)
  • Spectator (no ice-skating) $4

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. 

 


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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 is also one of those special New York moments.

TIP: Before heading out to a rink, always check Groupon to find cheap ice-skating deals. 


The Rink at Rockefeller CenterRockefeller Christmas Tree

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,

  • Location: In front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (map). To get to the Skate House where you buy tickets, go to 5th Ave. between 49th and 50th Sts. Walk through the Channel Gardens, go down the stairs at the promenade and turn to the right to look for an official greeter in a red coat.
  • Schedule: Sessions are 90 minutes long and begin at at 8:30 am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm and 10:30pm. 
  • Price: Range from $25 -$33 for adults depending on the date.  Children under 11 and seniors are always $15.
  • Skate Rental: $12.50 (or bring your own for free) 

Avoid the lines with these special deals

First Skate  This is another option that guarantees a reservation time and lets you skip a line.  It starts at 7 am, so it is for early birds, but it offers you an hour on the ice with a complimentary skate rental and hot chocolate or coffee. Tickets are between $55-$65 depending on the day you choose. 

VIP Skate  This deal offered by Viator combines a VIP ice skating session with either a Holiday Lights bus tour or entry into Top of the Rock.  You also have a with no waiting time, complimentary skate rental and refreshments.  It is $99 per person until late November 20 and then, depending on the date shoot up to between $149 and $169 per person. This is a pricey option, but if time is more of a concern than price, it may be worth it. Only available from mid-November through December.

There is so much more to do at Rockefeller Center than skate. Use our self-guided tour of Rockefeller Center to learn more.   


The Rink at Bryant Park

This is the only FREE ice-skating rink in NYC. It also happens to be one of the prettiest. If you don’t have skates you will have to rent them, and that is where the rink makes up for the free admission as skates are $20 to rent.

The lines to get in can be quite long, so give yourself extra time. Check out the crowd in advance on their live webcam

Surrounding the rink is Winter Village, one of several Holiday Markets in NYC, with stalls selling unique gifts and plenty of food stalls with seasonal treats.

  • Location: Bryant Park, skating entrance is at 40th St between 5th and 6th Avenues.  (map)
  • Schedule:  Oct. 27, 2018-Jan. 2, 2019. Daily 8 am until 10 pm.
  • Price: Free
  • Skate rental: $20 (NY Pass holders get free skates)
  • Locker rental: Small bags $12; large bags $15

Avoid the lines with these deals

Express Skate – For $30, you get to jump the line and the price includes your skate rental. Purchase at The Rink for immediate use.

Reserved Skate You can choose a date and time to skate. The price includes skip the line access at skate rental counter, bag check, and skate rental. Purchase online in advance for $55 + $5.50 fee. 

Find out more about the area with our neighborhood guide of Midtown Manhattan


The Rink at Brookfield Place

This Lower Manhattan 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. 

  • Location:  230 Vesey Street between West Street and North End Avenue (map)
  • Schedule (start times for a 90-minute session):
    • Monday – Friday 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm
    • Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 10:15 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm
  • Price:  $15 (90 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. 


Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

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.

  • Location: 679 Riverside Drive, Upper Manhattan (map)
  • Schedule:  Season starts Nov. 9, 2018 – March 17, 2019
  • Hours:  Fri. 6pm–9pm, Sat.–Sun. 1pm–4pm & 6pm–9pm
  • Price: Adults $5; kids $3
  • Skate rental: $6

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. 


Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

The year-round indoor skating rink at Pier 61 has public hours 6 days a week, with afternoon hours.  

  • Location: Pier 61, Hudson River Greenway at 23rd St. (map)
  • Schedule: All year-round
    • Hours:  Mon 1:30 pm-5 pm, Tues/Thurs 3 pm-5 pm; Fri 1:30 pm-5:20 pm, Sat/Sun 1 pm-3:50 pm . No sessions Wednesdays.
  • Price: $12 per person
  • Skate rental: $6
  • Helmet rental: $5

Before or after your skate, you can visit the High Line which is just a few blocks away. Our Visitors’ Guide to the High Line tells you what to look out for on your walk. Be sure to stop by the Chelsea Market for great food and shopping. 


The Standard Ice Rink 

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. 

  • Location: Standard Hotel, 848 Washington at 13th St. (map)
  • Schedule:   The 2018-2019 schedule and prices have not yet been announced. Check their website for updates.
  • Price:  TBA
  • Skate rental: TBA

 


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BROOKLYN AND QUEENS

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.


Lakeside Prospect Park

Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center Ice Rink includes two rinks (one indoor and one outdoor) and 32,000 square feet 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.

  • Location:  171 East Drive, inside Prospect Park in Brooklyn (map). 
  • Schedule: 
    • November 5, 2018 – March 24, 2019.  Hours below are for the uncovered rink (weather permitting). In inclement weather, skating takes place indoors in their covered rink and the schedule is slightly different so be sure to check their website
      • Weekdays – Mon 9 am-5 pm; Tues/Wed/Thurs 9 am-7:15 pm; Fri 9 am-9 pm
      • Weekends – Sat 10 am-9:00pm;  Sun 10 am-5 pm
  • Price:  Weekdays $7, Weekends (starting at 4 pm on Fridays) $10, Holidays $10
  • Skate Rentals:  $7

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


Abe Stark Rink at the Coney Island Boardwalk

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). 

  • Location: Boardwalk and West 19th Street, at Coney Island (map)
  • Schedule: 2018-19 hours not yet announced.  Check their website for updates. 
  • Price: $9 per person
  • Skate Rental: $5

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


City Ice Pavilion

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. 

  • Location:  47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City (map)
  • Schedule: Wednesday 12 pm- 3:50 pm, Sunday 11:40 am -2:20 pm
  • Price: $7 on Wednesdays;  $10 on Sundays and Holidays
  • Skate rental: $6
  • Locker rental: $.75

 


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WINTER ACTIVITIES IN NYC

There are so many reasons to visit New York City in the winter months.  In addition to finding cheap airfare and good hotel deals, there are the many other reasons to come to NYC, as there is always something going on in the Big Apple.

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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