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Top 15 Places to Go Ice Skating in New York City

'20.11.2023'

Alina Prikhodko

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Ice skating in New York is one of the city's most beloved seasonal traditions. Although some skating rinks are open year-round, ice skating in the winter, especially during the holidays, is a special treat that will warm you up with the spirit of the season. Time-out compiled a list of 15 atmospheric skating rinks in New York.

The iconic skating rinks at Rockefeller Center and Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park are filled with holiday cheer (and delicious food and drink), while quiet skating rinks in New York City parks offer a more relaxing experience. Make a full day of it and combine ice skating with some of the best holiday markets and holiday light displays in New York City.

1. Rockefeller Center ice rink

Spend time at the gilded bronze statue of Prometheus, cast in bronze. No matter what the weather is - frosty or hot - nothing will stop New Yorkers from spending time on the ice. Fun fact: The attraction, which first opened on Christmas Day 1936, was intended to be temporary, but it has stood the test of time and become one of the most coveted attractions in New York City, especially during the holidays.

Price tickets starts at $21 per person, but exact price depends on date, time of day and age. Skate rental costs $11. Local ice skating enthusiasts can also purchase a skating pass for unlimited skating throughout the season.

2. Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park

If you want to eat, shop and skate at the same time, Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park is the place to be. Free outdoor skating rink with an area of ​​1500 sq. meters is open until late, but you will have to rent skates (or bring your own). After skating on the ice, you can warm up with hot chocolate at the new site The Lodge Deck.

3. Rink Wollman Rink in central park

In addition to great skating, the Wollman Rink has a cafe that serves hot dogs (even vegan ones), burgers, tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches and much more. It's worth walking through a crowd of people for the priceless landscape of Central Park. Price ice skating for an adult – $15, for a child – $10; on weekends the price for an adult rises to $26.

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4. Sky Skate

If you're looking for a special skating experience this holiday season, look no further than Sky Skate. The city's tallest skating rink officially returned to the Edge at Hudson Yards on November 15 and will remain open until January 14, 2024.

Although the skating rink is located in the indoor part of the famous skyscraper, you are still 345 meters in the air, on the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards building. This is all to say that if you are afraid of heights, perhaps you should choose something closer to the ground? Tickets for the 30-minute session can be purchased here.

5. Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park

There's a new skating rink in town with a breathtaking view. The Glide at Brooklyn Bridge Park skating rink is located in the Emily Warren Roebling Plaza in Brooklyn Bridge Park, directly under the Brooklyn Bridge.

The skating rink will be open daily until March 1, 2024, and tickets for 50-minute sessions can be purchased here.

6. Skating rink on the west side of Manhattan

The 60x80 skating rink is open all week throughout the winter season and offers public skating hours as well as special programs and private lessons from Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov. The location of the rink clearly points to the new NHL Shop located adjacent to Manhattan West. The two facilities will work together to offer New Yorkers unique on-ice programming and more. More information can be found here.

7. The Rink at Brookfield Place

Located on the plaza in front of the former World Financial Center Winter Garden building (now called Brookfield Place Winter Garden), this skating rink provides a much-needed cold-weather option to a popular outdoor spot overlooking North Cove Marina.

The area of ​​the skating rink is 680 sq. meters, which is even more than the skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza. Riding cost is $15 per week and $20 on weekends. Skate rental costs $5-7.

8. Industry City Ice Rink

This year, Industry City will delight holiday guests, because along with shops and eateries, there is an open-air skating rink again.

Starting Saturday, November 18, programs for both beginners and experienced skaters are being held at the outdoor skating rink in courtyard 5/6 called IC Skating Rink. Activities this year include kids' rides with winter characters like the Silly Snowman, post-skate snacks at nearby restaurants like Frying Pan Brooklyn, and outdoor bonfires. In addition, the rink will feature a VIP Apres Ski lounge with concierge service, hot drinks from Frying Pan Brooklyn and more for ticket holders, sponsored by Porsche Brooklyn.

9. Ice skating at LeFrak Center

Is there anything more picturesque than Prospect Park in the fall and winter? We have a feeling you'll be spending a lot of time there this season, particularly because of the park's massive arena, which transforms from an ice skating rink into an ice haven in the winter. A walk through the park to admire the foliage is a bonus, so make time for a walk. Riding cost Typically $8,75 on weekdays and $13 on weekends. Skate rental costs $8,75.

10. Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

This large outdoor skating rink is open to the public from Friday to Sunday. To prevent December snow and April rain from interfering with your relaxation, the skating rink is equipped with a roof. And because Riverbank State Park overlooks the Hudson, it offers beautiful views of the river and the George Washington Bridge. After a vigorous day of skiing, you can even stop by the Sofrito cafe, which is located within the park. The cost of skating is only $5 for adults and $3 for children; skate rental – $6.

11. Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

There's no need to wait until winter to enjoy the two NHL-sized rinks at this mega complex - they're open year-round for general skating, hockey and figure skating. Unlike most indoor ice rinks, this one doesn't feel cavernous, with huge windows overlooking the Hudson River to the west. Book Now A free skating session starts at $30.

12. Abe Stark Rink

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This skating rink attracts visitors even after the Coney Island theme parks close. The 40-year-old venue began life as Ravenhall Baths, a saltwater pool that was once a popular spot on Coney Island. A fire destroyed it in 1963, after which the premises were converted into an ice skating rink. The cost of skating is $10, skate rental is $5.

13. World Ice Arena

Need ice skating tips before you try the Manhattan Ice Steeplechase? Head to this arena in Queens, which hosts dozens of weekly classes in addition to daily open classes.

If you need a post-skating refreshment, the World Ice Cafe is available for snacks during most skating hours. Admission costs $8 on weekdays and $12 on weekends (from 19.00 on Fridays) and holidays, skate rental is $6. To ride you need sign up Online.

14. City Ice Pavilion

This arena has the added benefit of being a second, smaller skating area. The only skating rink in the city's five boroughs, located on the roof, stretches to NHL size under an airtight dome. (If it's durable enough to withstand Canadian temperatures, it can handle a mild New York winter). An optional synthetic rink allows players to practice their hockey moves while you enjoy leisurely laps.

Currently, skating sessions are held on Sundays from 11:40 to 14:20. The cost of skating is $12, skate rental is $8. Before skiing, you must register on the site.

15. Staten Island Skating Pavilion

This indoor ice arena is the only skating rink on Staten Island that is open year-round, although public skating is only available on weekends (Friday through Saturday). If you want to hit the Zamboni skating rink during the week, join a figure skating or open hockey session.

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