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 each year to putting on their skates. Tourists are also able to enjoy skating in the Big Apple. Where should you go ice skating?
The Rockefeller Center is 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 7, 2017 through April, 2018
- Opening hours: You can skate in sessions of an hour and a half starting from 08:30 till midnight
- General Admission:
- Adults: from $ 25 to $ 32 per session
- Children (up to 11): $15 per session
- Skate Rental: $12
Rockefeller Skating Packages
Do you want to be spoiled? Then book the VIP skating arrangement which 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 prefer skating in the morning, you can book a morning skating session. Arrive at the rink at 8:30 and enjoy the holiday spirit on the ice, while munching on some cookies and hot chocolate in the heated VIP chalet. You can visit 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. Also available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
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, then this is definitely a good option. This is the hottest rink in town as it is free for everyone!
- Season: October 28, 2017 through March 4, 2018
- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 until 22:00
- General Admission: Free
- Skate rentals: $20 per person
Skating in Central Park is found at the Wollman Rink. This rink is definitely one of the finest in the world. The Wollman Rink is located at 62nd Street, on the Fifth Avenue side (east side) of Central Park.
- Season: October 23, 2017 through February 28, 2018
- 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
- General Admission: $12 Monday to Thursday and $19 Friday to Sunday and on holidays
Want to combine the best of the winter season? Then book this bus night tour with ice skating at the Wollman Rink. The bus will take you past all the highlights of Manhattan at night and even to Brooklyn, so you can admire the skyline from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Then go skating on the Wollman Rink, ice skate rental is included!
Book your Central Park Ice Skating and Bus Night Tour here
Tickets for 2017 are not available yet
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, 2017 until March, 2018. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Skate rentals are $7.