Skating in New York
From October everyone can skate in New York again! The hot-spots for 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 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 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!
- Season: October 8th 2018 to April, 2019
- 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: $12.50
Rockefeller 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.
For a unique Christmas experience, book tickets for an exclusive evening of skating and dining at Rockefeller Center. Combine spinning around the ice with a fancy rink-side dinner at The Sea Grill.
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: October 27th, 2018 through March, 2019
- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 until 22:00
- General Admission: Free
- Skate rentals: $20 per person
Skating in Central Park is possible at the Wollman 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: October, 2018 to April, 2019
- 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, 2018 until March, 2019. Admission is $8.50 for adults and $4.50 for children. Skate rentals are $7.50.
Skating on Staten Island
Each year Staten Island plays host to a Winter Wonderland. This wintery paradise, close to the ferry terminal of the free Staten Island Ferry, is easily reachable from Manhattan. The ice skating rink is not to be missed at the Winter Wonderland, but there are also many other festive activities to be found for the whole family. Including a Christmas market, a life-sized Gingerbread House and a light show accompanied by Christmas Music.