The 10 Best Places to Go Ice Skating in NYC
Ready to unleash your inner Johnny Weir? Grab your mittens and book it to one of these 10 outdoor rinks for an afternoon of spins, jumps and twirls…or at the very least, some seasonal fodder for your TikTok. Whether you’re looking for an iconic New York experience (hello, Rockefeller Center) or something off the beaten path (like skyline views in Jersey City), there’s something festive for everyone with this tried-and-true winter activity. Just keep in mind, many rinks now recommend advanced booking online due to social distancing, and masks are sometimes required, even outdoors. So lace up your skates, bring out the earmuffs and get ready to glide with our pick of the best places to go winter ice skating in NYC.
1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Skating on this iconic rink below the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has to be one of the most quintessential New York holiday experiences. That also means plenty of crowds, so bypass the tourists and opt for a membership. The membership fee (from $400) includes unlimited skating for the season and priority access, plus options for skate rentals and your own private locker for stashing your gear.
Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th sts.; therinkatrockcenter.com.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight.
2. The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
The city’s only free-admission rink, this centerpiece to Bryant Park’s holiday market offers some of the best skating in town. Shop for Christmas gifts from local artisans, then hit the 17,000 square feet of ice and glide around beside the New York Public Library and the lights of midtown. After you hang up your skates, swing by the Lodge by Prime Video to warm up with a drink (like a spiced Old-Fashioned) and bites from local vendors (like macarons from Woops!).
42nd Street and Sixth Avenue; bryantpark.org.
Open daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
3. LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park
It’s like the Winter Olympics in Prospect Park’s southeast corner this time of year: You’ll find curling, hockey and, of course, ice-skating, on not one but two rinks (one open-air, one covered). We’re partial to the outdoor rink, which celebrates all the festive cheer with the winter views. And because it’s all off the tourist trail, you’ll be gliding by fellow locals.
Prospect Park, near the Lincoln Road and Parkside/Ocean Avenue entrances, Brooklyn; lakesidebrooklyn.com.
Open Sun. to Thurs. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri. to Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
4. THE RINK AT MANHATTAN WEST
Hudson Yards now has its own rink, set in the plaza outside of Manhattan West. And, of course, the flashy new-ish development wanted to steal the show by bringing in Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov to host skating tutorials in addition to the rink’s public skating hours. Book a 15-minute private skating lesson with a pro ($45) or opt for a semi-private class with other aspiring figure skaters ($120). Both come with additional time on the ice, plus skate rental.
385 Ninth Ave., Manhattan; therinkatmw.com.
Open Mon. to Fri. 2 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.; Sat. to Sun. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
5. WOLLMAN RINK
You may recognize this rink from its cameos in Serendipity, Home Alone 2, Gossip Girl, and a host of other television shows and films. Set against the backdrop of Fifth Avenue and the Plaza Hotel, Wollman Rink is the city’s largest, with more than 30,000 square feet of ice, and the most Insta-worthy. Be aware, though, that its Central Park location attracts both locals and out-of-towners. (read: always busy.)
830 Fifth Ave.; centralpark.com.
Open daily, see the website for specific hours.
6. RINK AT INDUSTRY CITY
Set in a courtyard of this industrial space-turned-creative community, the Rink at Industry City is small but mighty. Its bistro lights add ambience, and its proximity to dozens of restaurants, retail shops, and NYC views make it the stop in Brooklyn for a festive ice skating session. Hint: Stop by Brooklyn Kura for a sake tasting after your ice capades.
Courtyard 5 / 6 at Industry City, 51 35th St., Brooklyn; industrycity.com.
Open Thurs. to Sun. Check the website for specific hours.
7. ABE STARK SKATING ARENA
Nearby schools, hockey leagues and the entire Coney Island community has loved the Abe Stark Skating Arena for more than 50 years. It’s the type of place where generations go for a family skate followed by hot chocolate and lots of smiles. Proof, the boardwalk is worth a visit even in the chilly winter weather. Plus, there is free parking.
Boardwalk and West 19th Street, Brooklyn; coneyislandfunguide.com.
Call for public skating hours.
8. THE RINK AT BROOKFIELD PLACE
The place to skate in the evenings? The Rink at Brookfield Place. Here, you’ll glide under the tower lights of One World Trade as well as the glisten of the skyscrapers across the Hudson River in Jersey City. The rink is newer to the scene, bringing in families from nearby Tribeca and Battery Park. The crowd makes this a wholesome place for a post-school day skate session followed by happy hour (for adults) and cupcakes (for kids) at the Brookfield Place eateries.
230 Vesey St.; therinkatbrookfieldplace.net.
Open Mon. to Fri. 2 pm. To 9:15 p.m.; Sat. to Sun. 9 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.
9. Newport Skates
Skating comes with a side of skyline views at this Jersey City rink. It’s a very neighborhoody crowd, and you’ll likely see many a date night and family outing while lacing up. The rink also offers private lessons and party packages, meaning your holiday shindig just might move from the bar to the ice for this year’s celebration.
95 River Dr. South, Jersey City; newportskates.com.
Open Mon. to Fri. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
10. WWII VETERANS WAR MEMORIAL ICE SKATING RINK
Staten Islanders, lace up those skates. Clove Lakes Park has reopened its popular ice skating rink, held in the World War II Veterans War Memorial. Kids, adults, pros and amateurs all take the ice here for plenty of winter fun, which includes a snack bar for a post-skate nibble.
Victory Blvd., west of Clove Rd.; nycgovparks.org.
Open Fri. to Sun. Check the website for specific hours.
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