There’s no place more magical during wintertime than NYC. One of the city’s most enchanting features during the chilly months is its plethora of places to skate. Here are the best ice skating rinks in NYC.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is without a doubt the city’s most iconic arena. You’ll be able to skate amid the glow of the plaza’s towering holiday decorations—and rest assured there will be a robust crowd of spectators watching your every twist, turn and tumble.
Admission: $25. Skate Rental: $12.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center. 600 5th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 332-6868
Open since 1969, the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers is West Side Manhattan’s premier indoor rink. Open seven days a week, Sky Rink’s reasonable prices, state-of-the-art design and picturesque views of the Hudson make it a go-to option no matter what time of year you decide to lace up the blades.
Admission: $10. Skate Rental: $5.
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. 61 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY. (212) 336-6100
With a setting rivaled only by Rockefeller Center, Wollman Rink benefits from the serenity of Central Park and the aura of Midtown’s skyscrapers. Nestled at the southeast corner of the park you can stroll down bustling 5th Avenue or head to Bethesda Terrace just north.
Admission: $12. Skate Rental: $9.
Wollman Rink. 830 5th Ave, New York, NY. (212) 439-6900
Bryant Park is known for its rotating array of outdoor events, ranging from movies to live shows, but during the winter months the inspiring Midtown park is transformed into a winter wonderland. The Winter Village at Bryant Park comes complete with 125 boutique holiday shops and a large open-air rink—so you can eat, skate and be merry.
Admission: Free. Skate Rental: $20.
The Rink at Winter Village in Bryant Park. Bryant Park, New York, NY. (212) 768-4242
If you’d rather venture outside the confines of Manhattan, then Long Island City is the place to go. City Ice Pavilion operates from underneath a large inflatable bubble just across the East River, where crowds are smaller and the ice is smoother.
Admission: $6. Skate Rental: $5.50.
City Ice Pavilion. 47-32 32nd Pl, Long Island City, NY. (718) 706-6667