Is there something more satisfying than the sheer joy of zipping across the ice with a chill wind on your cheeks? Perhaps not. And what’s best is that NYC is blessed with numerous ice skating rinks across all the boroughs.
I still remember how I never got to skate as much as I’d wanted when I was a child. There were no round-trip buses from NYC to Ithaca operating at that time, and no skating rinks in Ithaca either. All I wanted was to come to NYC and skate my heart out.
If you’re looking forward to strapping on the blades and hitting the slick stuff, NYC has got you covered.
Most of the rinks operate between November and March, proffering a wide window to plan your skating outing and to sample what the city has to offer. And even though chill in the air is receding, there’s still some time left to lace up a pair of skates and start practicing some pirouettes.
Also, most of these rinks offer an assortment of classes, just in case you’re looking to channel your inner hockey star.
Here are our picks.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Price: Free; $20 skate rentals
41 W. 40th St. Midtown NY 10018, USA
The Rink at Brookfield Place
Three World Financial Center, 230 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281, USA
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Price: $25–$32 for adults
600 5th Ave, New York, NY 10020, USA
Price: $8.50 for adults, $4.40 for children, $2.25 for seniors
110 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10065, USA
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Pl, Queens, NY 11101, USA
The Rink at Riverbank State Park
Price: $5 for adults; $3 for kids under 11
679 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10031, USA
Staten Island Skating Pavilion
Price: From $12
3080 Arthur Kill Rd, Staten Island, NY 10309, USA
LeFrak Center Lakeside Prospect Park Brooklyn
Price: $7 on weekdays; $15 at weekends
171 East Dr, Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA
Abe Stark Skating Rink
Price: $9, skate rental $5
1902 W 19th St, Brooklyn, NY 11214, USA