Ice Skating in New York
From October everyone can go ice skating in New York. The hot-spots for ice skating in New York are Rockefeller Center and Central Park but there are more rinks. A true New York winter would not be complete without ice skating on one of the rinks around the city. Many New Yorkers look forward to putting on their skates each year. Tourists are also able to enjoy ice skating in the Big Apple. Where should you go ice skating?
The Rockefeller Center has an amazing ice rink, especially during the festive months of November to January. It’s not the cheapest rink, but it’s certainly allows you to skate in style. To get there, walk to Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, through the Channel Gardens and down the stairs. You can’t miss it!
Rockefeller Skating Packages
The Rockefeller Rink offers some great skating packages. This VIP skating arrangement is my favourite! It includes skate rental, a 90-minute evening skate session, hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies and pastries, entrance to the VIP Chalet AND admission to the Top of the Rock.
If you’d prefer to skate in the morning, book a morning skate session. Arrive at the rink at 08:30 and enjoy the holiday spirit on the ice. Then enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate in the heated VIP chalet. You can visit the Top of the Rock afterwards.
- Season: 12th October 2019 to April 2020
- Opening hours: You can skate in sessions of an hour and a half, starting from 08:30 until midnight
- General Admission: adults: from $25 to $33 per session, children (up to 11): $15 per session
- Skate Rental: $13
Just steps away from Times Square, Bryant Park is located on 42nd Street, between Fifth and 6th Avenues. The rink, located right in the park is even bigger than the Rockefeller skating rink. If you would like more skating space, this is definitely a good option. In addition, this is the hottest rink in town as it’s free for everyone!
- Season: 31st October 2019 through March 2020
- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 until 22:00
- General Admission: Free
- Skate rentals: $20 per person, included in the New York Pass
Skating in Central Park is possible at the Wolman Rink. This rink is definitely one of the finest in the world. Located at 62nd Street, on the Fifth Avenue side (east side) of Central Park.
- Season: 19th October 2019 to April 2020
- Opening hours:
- Monday/Tuesday: 10:00 – 14:30
- Wednesday/Thursday: 10:00 – 22:00
- Friday/Saturday: 10:00 – 23:00
- Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00
A little further north in Central Park, near 107th Street, on the Fifth Avenue side of the park is the Lasker Rink. This rink is open from late October until March. Admission is $8.50 for adults and $4.50 for children. Skate rentals are $7.50.