There’s really no place like New York City during the holiday season, and with all the fun and festive things to do in this beautiful city, ice skating remains a seasonal favorite pastime. If you’re not familiar with your plentiful options of ice rinks in Manhattan, A - you may be shocked at how many places there are to strap on your skates and hit the ice in one city, and B – you've come to the right blog for top ice rinks in NYC!
Central Park alone has multiple options for ice skating, to give you an idea of the ice rink population in Manhattan. Let’s compare: Between the Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink in Central Park, Lasker is cheaper for full-day admission and skate rentals, while Wollman is a Big Apple tradition, with a beautiful backdrop – daytime skyline and city lights nighttime. Lasker is a pool in the lower area of the park during warm seasons, generally filled with basking children in the summertime – debatably more of a summer than winter spot, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide!
Let's move onto Riverbank Ice Skating Rink –right on the Hudson River at 142nd Street, this is one of the cheapest ice rinks in NYC (only $5 for adults and $3 for kids) and offers separate adult and youth skate areas. Host a birthday party, sign up for lessons, watch a hockey game, or just enjoy hittin’ the ice – Riverbank Ice Rink is full of options from November-January! This is one of the most accommodating ice rinks for kids in NYC.
Citi Pond at Bryant Park is one of my personal favorites, located smack in the middle of Midtown. Whether you’re participating or enjoying the view of the ice, there’s plenty of fun to be had here. Just outside the rink are tables and chairs for people-watching or sipping on cocoa, and just beyond those are the lovely Bryant Park shops- grab a coffee, a sandwich, a treat, or a holiday gift as your loved ones skate away. Beyond the shops are City skyscrapers, hotels and the NY Library. There’s also an enclosed eatery with a view of the rink on the opposite side of the rental area.
Another top choice is the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, which is a bit pricey ($19 for adults, $12.50 for kids) but admission is from 8:30am-12am so if your endurance allows, you can skate ‘till your heart’s content and really get your money’s worth. Monday – Thursday it’s a bit cheaper. Another plus – it’s located in the iconic Rockefeller Center - it doesn’t get more NYC than that!
This definitely is not the complete listing of ice skating rinks in New York, but allow it to be your guide to some of the best places to ice skate in New York City this holiday season!