Ice skating rinks in New York City for Winter 2016

New York is great for ice skating in November, December and April when temperatures typically range from 45 to 65 degrees but the rinks are already open. In January through March, it can get bitingly cold, but a day with blue skies and the sun shining is still fantastic for a day out. If you’re living in or visiting New York, take a few hours out of your busy travel schedule and visit one of these places to ice skate (one for free) during your time in New York City.

We also have the updated guide to ice skating in London.

Manhattan

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

The Winter Village ice skating rink at Bryant Park

The free rink in Manhattan’s Bryant Park first opened in 2005. At 17,000 square feet (i.e. 170' x 100'), it is about half the size of the Wollman Rink in Central Park and twice as big as the rink at Rockefeller Center. Now, if only one could actually get into this rink.

As Manhattan’s only free skating rink, and centrally located at that, it tends to be mobbed with waits up to 2 hours on weekend days. Go when school is in session or earlier in the day and you have a chance of a few hours of free skating. Ice skating at Bryant Park is a fun, affordable way to enjoy winter in New York City.

Bring a padlock if you're going to use the free of charge lockers, as theirs cost $10 for purchase. Skate rentals are $28, so bring your own or the cost is the same as elsewhere.

There's a snack bar available here as well.

Open dates: Daily 29 October 2016 to 5 March 2017, hours are 8am to 10pm.
Location: Between 40th and 42nd streets & 5th and 6th avenues, Manhattan
Phone: +1 917 438 5166
Website: Winter Village

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

NYC's Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

Manhattan’s only year-round skating rink is a delight that's been around since 1965. It's large, indoors, has few lines, and courteous staff. It’s also, amazingly, open 24 hours a day. The facility itself is well kept, as much as they’re able to do with a rink built on a pier. The rafters have a tendency to spit on you during the summer from the humidity. And in the winter it sometimes gets so cold that the ice cracks, but at least they fix it!

The facilities include two full-size rinks, an off-ice training room, two party rooms and your standard locker rooms and pizza stand, though this one is a Famiglia pizza stand so it’s actually good. It also has a great view of Hoboken.

Prices for skating admission is $10, and skate rental $5.

Location: Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, Hudson River and 17th St, Manhattan, New York, NY 10011
Phone: +1 212 336 6100
Website: ChelseaPiers.com

Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

Skating at Riverside State Park

This sizable outdoor rink is open to the public Friday through Sunday, and has a roof to prevent December snows and April showers alike from raining on your ice capades. And since Riverbank State Park overlooks the Hudson, you’ll have nice views of the river and the George Washington Bridge as a backdrop.

Riverbank State Park has a restaurant on site and a snack bar in the skating complex. The park is open 6am to 11pm all year round, and ice skating is available from November to March, weather permitting. From May to October, roller skating replaces ice skating.

Admission $5, children $3. Skate rental is $6.

Location: Riverside Dr, (between 137th and 145th Sts), New York
Phone: +1 (212) 694 3600
Website: Riverbank State Park

The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center

The impressive setting for ice skating at the Rockefeller Center

Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is a truly unique New York holiday staple, it's easily the most sumptous setting for skating. Since opening on Christmas Day back in 1936, this skating rink has been an institution at the Rockefeller, which is now known as 'Rock Center'. It sees over 250,000 skaters each year, so if you're looking for lots of room to practice skate moves, this isn't the right place. However, if you want to people watch and enjoy a great NYC experience, come on down.

The ice rink is open from October to April each year. The skating surface is 122 feet long and 59 feet wide and can accommodate only 150 skaters at one time.

The 2016 season is between 8 October 2016 and through April 2017. Skating sessions are available from 8 am to 10.30 pm, and closing at midnight.

Admission is $25-32 for adults, children up to 12 yrs $15, skate rental $12.

Location: The Rockefeller Center Ice Rink is located in the center of the complex of buildings between 47th and 50th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues, Manhattan
Phone: +1 212 332 7655
Website: Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center

Trump-Lasker Rink and Pool in Central Park

Quiet ice skating at the Trump-Lasker Ice Rink

Bookending Wollman Rink, this one is at the very north end of the park at 110th Street. Quiet, tranquil, peaceful - how many other synonyms can we think of to describe the relative calm and ease of skating here? There is rarely a line, the ice is smoother (due to fewer skaters), and the attitude is just generally taken down a notch. It's also a great place to learn how to skate, as it's less busy and the ice is good.

There are skating sessions from 10 am to 11 pm each day (exceptions apply, see external website).

2016-17 admission for adults is $8, children $4. Skate rentals are $7 and locker rental is $3.25, both inclusive of tax.

Location: Central Park between 106th and 108th Streets, Manhattan
Phone: +1 212 534 7639
Website: Lasker Rink

Wollman Rink in Central Park

Wollman Ice Rink in Central ParkWollman Rink, the perennial as-seen-in-movies Central Park rink. There are always long long lines here on weekends, but you can usually skate right in during school days, especially earlier in the day. Wollman Rink is another popular skating choice and is apt to be crowded during peak times (especially weekends, though fewer kids around).

2013 admission for adults is $11.25-$18, children $6, seniors $5-9, skate rental $8 incl tax. Locker rentals are $5.

Location: Central Park at 63rd Street, Manhattan
Phone: +1 212 439 6900
Website: Wollman Rink in Central Park

Brooklyn

Kate Wollman Rink in Prospect Park

Located in the southern part of the park, near Parkside & Ocean Avenues, the Kate Wollman Rink is another great ice skating choice. Wollman Rink offers fun for all seasons, providing 26,600 square feet of ice for skaters in the winter and pedal boats on the Lake in the summer. Although not a part of the original plan for Prospect Park, the Rink, built in 1960, has added a big dose of winter fun for thousands of skaters, in addition to serving as home ice for local amateur men’s and women’s hockey teams.

The ice rink will open again in 2013. However, the old Wollman rink is gone and will be replaced by two new ice rinks. The people of Brooklyn certainly have room to skate this winter.

Location: Parkside Avenue & Ocean Avenue entrance of the Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Phone: +1 718 287 6431
Website: ProspectPark.org

Abe Stark Rink


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Night time ice skatingLace up your skates for a day on the ice at this 17,000 square-foot pavilion. This place gets a good crowd, but there is plenty of room for anyone who wants to practice their moves. The rink is open only on weekends, from late October through March. Only open from 1pm to 4pm, and it fills up fast too. Cash only.

2013 admission is $9 for all visitors, skate rental $5.

Location: Coney Island Boardwalk and West 19th Street, Brooklyn
Phone: +1 718 946 6536
Website: Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink

Aviator Sports and Recreation

Two NHL sized ice rinks are Brooklyn's response to the Chelsea Piers. There are hockey leagues and figure skating here, but also plenty of open times for public ice skating. Fridays and Saturdays are popular with the teens, so avoid if you don't enjoy lots of hormones on ice skates.

2013 prices remain unchanged from last year and are adults $9 and children $7, skate rentals: $5.00/pair.

Location: Floyd Bennett Field, Flatbush Ave south of the Belt Parkway, Brooklyn
Phone: +1 718 758 7500
Website: Aviator Sports

Staten Island

Staten Island War Memorial Ice Skating Rink

Founded in 1995, War Memorial Ice Skating Rink of Staten Island, NY is an outdoor rink and open seasonally from September 7th to March 15th. Avoid the fumbling tourists clogging the Rockefeller Center and Central Park rinks by hopping the ferry to Staten Island to get your (ice) skate on.

Open Saturday, October 26, 2013 through Sunday, March 30, 2014.

2013 admission prices are $9 for all visitors, skate rental $5.

Location: Clove Lakes Park, Victory Boulevard, west of Clove Road, Staten Island
Phone: +1 718 720 1010
Website: Staten Island War Memorial Ice Skating Rink

Queens

City Ice Pavilion

The only rooftop ice rink in NYC is a full NHL size 200 x 85 feet. Even better, there's a weatherproof air dome just like you'd find in Canada. Which means it can deal with New York winters just fine.

There are skating lessons, hockey practice, private rentals here, so check out the website's schedule before going.

Mon to Thu $5; Sat, Sun $8; skate rental $5. Coin lockers are available for $0.75.

Location: 47-23 32nd Pl between 47th and 48th Aves
Phone: +1 718 706 6667
Website: City Ice Pavilion

Flushing Meadows Park

The NHL-standard indoor ice hockey rink serves as a year-round facility for competitive leagues and individual skaters. The modernist, architecturally distinguished building’s cable-supported roof system will allow for potential future expansion.

Location: Avery Avenue and 131 Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing
Phone: +1 718 271 7572
Website: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Skate Rink

Important ice skating safety guidelines

  • Never go on frozen waters (unless clearly marked otherwise with official signs)
  • Parents and caregivers should make sure children are never unattended near ice
  • If you hear cracking, lie down immediately to try to distribute your weight
  • If you witness someone falling through ice, never attempt to make a rescue by yourself. Call 911 and notify the proper authorities. Be sure to give the exact location and an account of the incident

See Also

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Last updated by Jack on 16 November, 2016 in Travel.

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Comments

Great find! I always want to skate so I might consider this place to visit this coming Christmas holiday. Thanks for sharing.

Miranda on 08 December, 2016

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