New York gets pretty cold during the holiday season and ice rinks in New York start to open up. So, what’s there to do when it’s absolutely freezing? That’s easy. Ice skating on one of the many ice rinks in New York is a great way to enjoy that cold air. Ice skating in New York is definitely fun especially in the midst of the beautiful skyscrapers. The rinks in New York are also reasonably priced. If you have little to no experience on the ice, do not worry. Lessons are offered for the not so experienced. You’ll be ice skating in no time!
Check out the Top 5 ice rinks in New York that we recommend. If you’re in the city during the winter, be sure to include skating on your list!
The Rockefeller Rink, just below the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas Tree, is considered one of the classics. It’s open from October to April. Come here during the night and experience greatness.
30 Rockefeller Plaza | Tel. (212) 332-7654
This winter we have a special insider tip for you: There are great combination tickets that combine ice skating at Rockefeller Center with other attractions in New York. Below is an overview of our top 3 combination tickets.
Bryant Park is located just behind the New York Public Library near Times Square . In the summer months, the park is known for its film nights and in winter it is home for one of the best ice rinks in New York. Here you’ll be able to ice skate in the midst of the New York skyscrapers. The crowd is a good mix. There are colorful couples, children who chase each other wildly over ice, to office workers who just want to have a great time before going to the office or to use their lunch break differently!
UPDATE: Ice skate rentals are free with the New York Pass! Find more info on the New York Pass website.
Wollman Rink in Central Park is also one of the well known ice rinks in New York. Everyone who comes to New York in winter will most likely end up here if they are in Central Park, even if it is only for a photo. It is open from the end of October to April. The best way to find the Wollman Rink is to use the Central Park South entrance on 59th street. You will be there in 2 minutes!
The ice rink at The Standard High Line Park is located in the Meatpacking District and rounds up our list of the best ice rinks in New York. The Meatpacking District is known for its exclusive nightclubs where celebrities come and enjoy their night. We recently sat on the semi-roofed The Standard Plaza and now two months later there is also an ice rink! More information on The Standard High Line can be found here in our experience report.
In New York you can do anything. Even ice skating on a roof. Since this year, Pier 17 opened the Winter Wonderland where you can go ice skating and enjoy the stunning views of the Manhattan Skyline and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge at the same time.
Make sure to also check out their restaurant R17 that offers hot and cold drinks in a very cozy atmosphere. Please find out more information about pricing and hours of operation here.
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