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!
1. Rockefeller Ice Rink – One of the best ice rinks in New York
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
VIP Combination Tickets: Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock or Dinner at The Sea Grill
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.
Skating on The Rink at Rockefeller Center and visiting the Top of the Rock observation deck in the morning
The VIP entrance takes you past the crowds and out of the cold into the heated winter chalet right on the Ice Rink, where you’re greeted with hot chocolate and freshly baked biscuits. before you skate for 1.5 hours on one of New York’s most popular attractions in winter. With a view of the 30-meter-high Rockefeller Tree, you’re guaranteed to be in the Holiday spirit. Afterward, you’ll have access to the wonderful viewing platform at Top of the Rock. For us, that sounds like the perfect start to a Holiday! More information is available here . The tickets are very much in demand and we recommend you book in advance.
Skating on The Rink at Rockefeller Center and visiting Top of the Rock observation deck at night
If you’re not a morning person – no worries. There’s a VIP Combination Ticket for an evening session as well. Enjoy the view of the city with all the twinkling lights that are even more intense with the surrounding Holiday lights. At 10:30 pm you will be greeted with hot chocolate and cookies in the winter chalet right on the Ice Rink and you’ll have the unique chance to ice until midnight while overlooking the beautiful Rockefeller Tree. You can buy popular tickets here!
Ice skating on The Rink at Rockefeller Center and dinner at The Sea Grill Restaurant
With this combination ticket, you’ll have the opportunity to skate on one of the most popular ice rinks in New York while overlooking the sparkling Rockefeller Tree. Afterward, you can dine in one of New York’s best seafood restaurants, The Sea Grill Restaurant. Enjoy a 3-course meal here and make this evening an unforgettable Holiday season experience.. You can book the tickets here.
2. Skating at Bryant Park (Manhattan, Midtown)
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!
4. The Rink at The Standard High Line Park
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.
5. Pier 17 Rooftop Ice-Skating
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.