Where to Go Ice Skating in New York City

Whether you are planning a trip to New York City this winter or you are a local seeking to spice up your holiday season, make sure you save some time for ice skating.  This post contains all the details you need to enjoy slippin’ and sliddin’  in New York City. You’ll see both well-known and lesser-known rinks ranging in price (some are even free!) You’ll find hours, ticket prices, directions, and suggestions to make your skate great! There are many options for skating throughout the city, no matter what your budget is.  If you have found your way to this post then you are likely here during the holiday season, be sure to read our our guide on visiting New York during the holidays.

 

 


Rockefeller Center Ice Rink  

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

The most famous place to go ice skating in New York City is opening for the 2016 season in early October – why wait for the holidays!  This is the iconic rink that is seen in many holiday films, including Elf and Home Alone 2!  There is nothing quite like taking a twirl around the ice underneath a 90-foot Christmas tree with your family or friends!  This rink allows you to skate for 90 minutes per session, and allows 150 people on the rink at one time. Find out more and purchase tickets at their website.

Location: Rockefeller Plaza, located between 49th and 50th Streets in between 5th and 6th Avenues (map).  Closest subway is the B,D,F,M train at 47-50th Street.

General Admission Price: $27-30 for adults, $15 for children under 11 and seniors.  General Admission tickets are “first-come, first-serve”. Sessions are 90 minutes long.  Lines can be long so get there early to get the time slot that you want. Sessions begin at 8:30 am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm and 10:30pm.

Skate Rental: $12. You can bring your own skates. If you don’t have any, you can rent them there.

Avoid the lines with these special deals: 

  • VIP Skate offered by Viator.  This deal combines a VIP ice skating session with either a Holiday Lights bus tour or entry into Top of the Rock. VIP gives you a reservation time (no waiting), complimentary skate rental, free hot chocolate and refreshments.  It is $95 per person until late November 20 and then, depending on the date shoot up to between $140 and $160 per person. This is a pricey option, but if time is more of a concern than price, it can be worth looking into.
  • First Skate   This is another option that guarantees a reservation time and lets you skip a line.  It starts at 7am, so it is for early birds, but is offers you an hour on the ice with a complimentary skate rental and hot chocolate for $45.  This is another good option for those concerned with saving time.
  • Season Pass  The Rink at Rockefeller Center offers a season pass.  This option gives you unlimited public skating, no waiting in line and skating lessons.  It is not cheap (starts at $275 for the pass), but if you are a very avid ice skater who is planning on a dozen or so trips it could be worth looking into.

Overall: Rockefeller Center is a very beautiful and exciting place to skate, but it may not be the best option for those on a tight budget.


Bryant Park’s Rink in Winter Village

Bryant Park Ice Rink

A beautiful location to skate at a beautiful price: FREE!  If you don’t have skates you will have to rent them, but there is no admission fee. The lines to get in can be quite long, so plan for a wait.  Surrounding the rink is Winter Village, stalls selling unique gifts and plenty of food stalls with seasonal treats. This is an absolute visit during the season. Even if you don’t skate, the charming Winter Village will warm your heart.

Location: Bryant Park.  Skating entrance is at 40th St between 5th and 6th Avenues.  Closest subway is the B,D,F,M train at 42nd Street.

Price: FREE

Skate Rental: $20 in peak season (late November until early January) Click here for details.

Dates: October 29, 2016 through March 5, 2017.  Daily 8 am until 10 pm

Avoid the lines with Fast Pass:  

Fast Pass is a VIP entry ticket for those who don’t want to wait in line.  Fast Pass includes entry with no waiting, skate rental and bag check service.  The cost is $22-28, depending on the day you go.  This is actually a great option, since most people will have to rent skates and check a bag anyway.  Also, if you are in any kind of a time crunch on your trip, this will eliminate the (sometimes very long) line.  You can buy Fast Passes online.  Family packs of 4 are also available for those traveling with their children.

Overall:  Great price, but be prepared for a wait!  Also, try to bring as little as possible with you.  Checking bags can start to add up.  (Prices start at $8 for a small bag).  For those who would rather just watch the skating, there is a fire pit at the Southwest Porch Bar and the Celsius Bar.

 


Wollman Rink in Central Park Wollman Ice Rink

This rink offers a stunning skyline view of the surrounding buildings while you skate. It is a very popular rink so again, there will likely be a wait. Note: They only accept CASH. No credit cards. This rink is fairly recognizable from movies- such as Serendipity. Make sure you save time for a stroll in Central Park before or after. We invite you to join one of our many pay-what-you-wish Central Park Walking Tours which make for a great complement to your skating adventure.

Location:  Central Park.  The rink is easily accessed from the southeast park entrance at Grand Army Plaza (59th and 5th Avenue). Closest subway is the N, Q , R train at 59th and 5th Ave.

Price:$11.25 for adults, $6 for children,  $5 for seniors  CASH ONLY

Skate Rental: $8

Dates/Hours: Check website for dates not yet announced.  Monday-Tuesday 10am until 2:30pm, Wednesday-Thursday 10am until 10pm, Friday-Saturday 10am until 11pm and Sunday from 10am until 9pm.

Avoid the lines with a VIP Pass:  

The price is $68, which includes skipping the line, skate rental, a table in a heated tent, a storage locker and complimentary refreshments.  This is an expensive option, but worth it is you are worried about spending a lot of time in line. Find out more at Wollman Rink VIP Reservations.


The Rink at Brookfield Place

rink-at-brookfield-place

This fairly new rink in Lower Manhattan has stunning views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. At 7,350 square feet, its way larger than the Rockefeller Center rink and can accommodate 250 skaters at a time. Prices are a little more expensive though. But it’s a great location and there are lots of things to do inside Brookfield Place, with shopping, a great food court and an opportunity to meet Santa (find out his schedule here).

Location: 230 Vesey Street between West Street and North End Avenue

Price: Last year $15 single session (90 mins) and $5 skate rental. Prices yet to be announced for 2016-2017 season.

Dates/hours:  November 12-March 2017.  Hours to be announced.

Check website for updates on prices and schedule.


Lasker Rink

lasker-rink

If you make the trip uptown to skate at Lasker Rink you can find a great deal!  Because of its location it doesn’t draw the tourist crowds of the other ice rinks and it the least expensive of all the rinks (other than free Bryant Park listed above). This part of the park isn’t typically visited by tourists, but t is a beautiful area and worth seeing!

Location: Central Park, just south of the Harlem Meer.  It can be accessed by any of the north park entrances, but the closest is 110th St and Adam Clayton Powell.  Closest subway is the 2/3 train at 110th Street.

Price:  $7.50 for adults, $4 for children and $2.25 for seniors (less than the cost of a subway ride for seniors!)

Skate Rental: $6.50

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am until 4pm, Friday 10am until 4:50pm and 6pm until 11pm, Saturday 1pm until 11pm and Sunday from 12:30pm until 4:30pm.

Overall: Lasker Rink is a great value!  Not as many bells and whistles as the others, but it is inexpensive and in a beautiful part of Central Park.  Check out the Harlem Meer and the Conservatory Gardens before or after you skate. The crowd will be more locals and fewer tourists.  This is the best option for those on a tight budget.

 


Lakeside Prospect Park

Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center Ice Rink opens forr the season on October 28, 2016 and runs until March 26, 2017.The center includes two rinks (one covered, one open air) and 32,000square 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  Inside Prospect Park in Brooklyn (map). By subway take the Q, B, S trains to Prospect Park station, Q train to Parkside Avenue station, 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza station, F or G trains to 7th Avenue Station, 15th Street/Prospect Park Station, or Fort Hamilton station.

Price  Weekdays $6, Weekends (starting at 4pm on Fridays) $9, Holidays $9

Skate Rentals $6.00

Hours Open every day,  Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Friday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

 


The Standard Ice Rink 

standard-ice-rink

Located on the High Line, the Standard New York is as much a downtown nightlife scene as it is a hotel. And for a few months each year, the Meatpacking District’s most popular hub is also a great spot for ice skating. Open until “late,” the miniature skating rink is accompanied by a patio with Alpine-themed eats and drinks including doughnuts and waffles, apple cider and hot toddies and black-and-white hot chocolates. Kids are welcome, but this spot is definitely geared toward adults, especially in the evening when the rink feels more like a party. And if you can’t skate, the Standard offers a “cute Standard skater” to help you keep your tooshie off the ice.

Location:  848 Washington at 13th St.

Dates/hours:  The 2016 operating dates and prices are TBD. Check website for updates.

Price: TBA. 2015 prices were Adults: $12; Kids: $6. Skate rental: $3;

 


Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

The year-round indoor skating rink at Pier 61 is regularly open seven days a week and accommodates skaters of all ages and ability levels. The twin-rink facility is available for general skating, but it also houses the Sky Rink Skating School, in addition to training programs for ice hockey and figure skating. With its party rooms, 3,400 square-foot Sunset Terrace and on-site food services, the Sky Rink is also a popular spot for birthday parties and private get-togethers.

Location: Pier 61, Hudson River Greenway at 23rd St.

Dates/hours:  Year round. Check website for hours.

Price: Admission: $10. Skate rental: $5. Helmet rental: $4.25.

 


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. With its “private party locker rooms,” this enormous skate destination also offers various packages for birthday parties and corporate events.

Location:  47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City,

Dates/hours:  Check website for exact dates and times.

Price: $6 Monday through Friday;  $9 Saturday & Sunday;  $9 Holidays including all school vacation weeks
$5.50 Skate rental per person.(Must wear socks); Coin operated lockers available for $.75
We no longer offer helmet rental. Please remember to bring your own.

 


Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

Riverbank State Park in Manhattan’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood is a 28-acre structure that rises 69 feet above the Hudson River. The state-of-the-art facility has a covered roller-skating rink that transforms in winter to an ice rink (early November through March). With its 150-seat restaurant and 800-seat cultural theater, visitors can turn their skating excursion into a full-day event. A broad range of sports, arts and recreational programs are offered year-round.

Location: 679 Riverside Drive, Upper Manhattan

Dates/hours:  Fri. 6pm–9pm, Sat.–Sun. 1pm–4pm6pm–9pm

Price: Adults $5; kids $3. Skate rental $6

 


Abe Stark Rink at the Coney Island Boardwalk

Coney Island is a hot beach destination during the summer, but quiets down during the winter months. At this rink by the famous boardwalk, public skating is available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (Oct. 31–March 27, 2016). The rink also hosts hockey as well as ice skating classes.

Location: Boardwalk and West 19th Street, at Coney Island

Dates/hours:  to be announced; check website for updates. Sat–Sun 12:30–3:30pm, Holidays noon–4pm;

Price: $10. Skate rentals: $5;

No matter what your budget, there’s a fantastic New York City skating experience for you!

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