December is here which means Christmas, gifts, shopping, festive decorations and lots of ice skating. The holiday season brings a different set of atmosphere which makes ice skating in New York City so much exciting. And, when you think of fun things to do on first dates, ice skating is always a wonderful idea.It’s an incredible experience to have with your friends and family.
So, I present to you New Yorkers’ all-time favorite places to go for ice skating in the Big Apple.
Best 5 Places for Ice Skating in New York City
1. Wollman Rink
Wollman Rink is an awesome place to skate. All 33,000 sq. ft. of it. I know it’s going to be cold, but hey, you cannot NOT go to Central Park for skating. The park has a charm of its own, with the beautiful scenery surrounding the rink.
Every time I come out here to skate with a bunch of my good friends, we all keepgrinning like fools. We are kids in heart when it comes to ice skating, and if people think my friends and I are acting like one while on the rink, so what?
Every single person will be enjoying sliding away on ice with the biggest smiles on their faces. All that falling on butt ungraciously and getting up and trying to find your balance one more time, and a hot cup of cocoa to keep you pretty warm in the end is an amazing experience altogether. I am not going to pass up the chance to skate here, ever!
Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 2:30pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Monday – Thursday
YOUTH: $6.00 (11 and under)
Friday – Sunday and Holidays
SKATE RENTALS: $8.00 (tax incl.)
Central Park South (59th Street) and 6th Avenue, New York, NY, 10022
Wollman Rink is a two minute walk into Central Park from this entrance. Follow the footpath directly into the park and stay to the right.
2. The Rink at Rockefeller Center
It boggles my mind, how can one not skate even once in the iconic Rockefeller Ice Rink? What I love most about this one besides the glorious atmosphere among other things is that they only allow 150 skaters on the rink at a time.
After watching the tree lighting on December 2, put your skates on and slide away. As the saying goes – Early bird gets the worm, be there early to avoid the human chains. Another thing you can do to pass the long lines is to visit their website and reserve the ‘First Skate of the Day’. And voila, off you go.
Daily 8:30 am – 12:00 Midnight
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
5th Ave between 49th and 50th Streets
New York, NY, 10020
Phone: (212) 332-7654
3. Bank of America Winter Village Rink
To say – the 17000 sq. ft. outdoor rink of the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park offers a great experience is a massive understatement. Winter Village is New York City’s only free admission rink and you can make group reservations as well.
After a round of ice skating you can always go for shopping for Christmas gifts in the 128 holiday shops standing here, just take your pick. And oh, the kiosks and eateries will have you plenty of fuel supply for the rest of the activities.
It can be quite busy so avoid the peak hours to enjoy much of it. Or you can skip the line with FastPass. When you feel cold, warm yourself with your favorite hot drink. And one more thing, it’s costly to rent skates so bring your own!
October 30, 2015 – March 6, 2016
Daily: 8am – 10pm
Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in Midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
4. LeFrak Center at Lakeside
As for indoor ice skating in NYC, go for theLeFrak Center at Lakeside Brooklyn in Prospect Park.The center is located near the Lincoln Road and Parkside/Ocean Avenue entrances to the park. It also offers roller skating, biking, boating and water play.
Admission is definitely worth the ice time as well as the stroll in and around the park. This winter wonderland has huge new arena to test your skill on ice. A walk around the park is equally wonderful; just hold on to your special one to keep warm.
PUBLIC ICE SKATING HOURS
Monday to Thursday: 10:00am–6:30pm
Weekday admission: $6
Weekend admission: $9
*Weekend pricing begins Friday at 4:30pm
171 East Drive
Brooklyn, New York 11225
Phone: (718) 462-0010
5. Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink
Ice skating rink at the Riverbank State Park is another place where you can skate without the fear of December snows or the April showers. Glide on and have fun with the George Washington Bridge in the background and the cool views of the Hudson.
This is also one of the peoples’ favorite rinks and so, it can get crowded. So to enjoy ice skating go out when it’s not the peak hours.Ice Rink is available for rental by groups as well. But if you don’t mind the crowd, be a part of it and one of many smiling faces on the rink trying to navigate.
SKATE RENTAL: $6 per day
679 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10031
Phone: (212) 694-3600
And after all that skating, shopping, eating and drinking a lot of hot cup of cocoas, call in a cab and take your leave for the day until tomorrow.
So, what are your favorite places for ice skating in NYC?