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The Bucket Listers Guide to NYC Ice Skating Rinks
The Bucket Listers Guide to NYC Ice Skating Rinks

The Bucket Listers Guide to NYC Ice Skating Rinks

Where to spend a day on the ice in NYC ❄️⛸


Published September 28, 2022

New York has no shortage of winter activities, from sledding in central park to shopping the holiday markets. But with over a dozen ice rinks around the city, there’s no reason you shouldn’t add ice skating to your winter bucket list. From rooftop rinks to year-round arenas to quintessential holiday skating at Bryant Park's Winter Village, we’ve rounded up the best spots in NYC to spend a day on the ice.

Skate the Skyline at Pier 17 | Manhattan

Skate the Skyline at Pier 17 | Manhattan

Open daily beginning November 22, skate where the city meets the stars at Seaport. The Rooftop at Pier 17 is known for its Summer Concert Series and epic views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. But during the colder months, the space is transformed with an ice rink and a winter lights art installation spanning the entire overhead of the rink that is inspired by the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights. The Ice Rink at the Seaport offers free admission skating along the East River with its new location on Seaport Square between Piers 16 & 17.

Where: 89 South St (on the riverfront).
Dates: November 22 – February
Hours: TBA

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Open daily beginning November 22, skate where the city meets the stars at Seaport. The Rooftop at Pier 17 is known for its Summer Concert Series and epic views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. But during the colder months, the space is transformed with an ice rink and a winter lights art installation spanning the entire overhead of the rink that is inspired by the beauty and wonder of the Northern Lights. The Ice Rink at the Seaport offers free admission skating along the East River with its new location on Seaport Square between Piers 16 & 17.

Where: 89 South St (on the riverfront).
Dates: November 22 – February
Hours: TBA

For more information on Skate the Skyline at Pier 17.

The Rink at Bryant Park | Manhattan

The Rink at Bryant Park | Manhattan

The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this spot is also the only ice skating rink in NYC where admission is completely free. Just pay for skate rentals and hot cocoa!

Where: Bryant Park, Fifth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Streets
Dates: October 28 – Early March
Hours: Daily, from 8am – 10pm

For more information on The Rink at Bryant Park.

The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this spot is also the only ice skating rink in NYC where admission is completely free. Just pay for skate rentals and hot cocoa!

Where: Bryant Park, Fifth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Streets
Dates: October 28 – Early March
Hours: Daily, from 8am – 10pm

For more information on The Rink at Bryant Park.

Wollman Rink | Manhattan

Wollman Rink | Manhattan

Located in southeast Central Park, the Wollman Rink has been a winter staple in NYC for 70+ years. Glide across the ice with the Manhattan skyline and Central Park as your backdrop. When you're ready for a break, hit the Wollman Cafe for warm fresh food, grab-n-go items, vegan options, a coffee bar, and favorites for kids. Available for free skate, skating lessons, and private events.

This year, Wollman Rink is emphasizing accessibility and will offer free and discounted entry throughout the season. Come on opening day for free skating, on-ice performances, chef demos, mini-lessons, ice sculpture carving, and more. A handful of other free admission days will be offered for specific groups including veterans on November 11, teachers on January 16, public sector employees on February 20, and first responders and essential workers on March 11. 

Finally, the Wollman Rink Access Program (WRAP), offers discounted pricing to increase accessibility to the rink. WRAP tickets are $14 and include admission, skates, and hot cocoa. They are available to purchase in-person at the box office during public skating hours on a first-come, first-served basis, for guests presenting an IDNYC or New York Public Library card.

Where: 830 5th Ave
Dates: October 23 - Early March
Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 10am – 2:30pm
Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm

For more information on Wollman Rink.

Located in southeast Central Park, the Wollman Rink has been a winter staple in NYC for 70+ years. Glide across the ice with the Manhattan skyline and Central Park as your backdrop. When you're ready for a break, hit the Wollman Cafe for warm fresh food, grab-n-go items, vegan options, a coffee bar, and favorites for kids. Available for free skate, skating lessons, and private events.

This year, Wollman Rink is emphasizing accessibility and will offer free and discounted entry throughout the season. Come on opening day for free skating, on-ice performances, chef demos, mini-lessons, ice sculpture carving, and more. A handful of other free admission days will be offered for specific groups including veterans on November 11, teachers on January 16, public sector employees on February 20, and first responders and essential workers on March 11. 

Finally, the Wollman Rink Access Program (WRAP), offers discounted pricing to increase accessibility to the rink. WRAP tickets are $14 and include admission, skates, and hot cocoa. They are available to purchase in-person at the box office during public skating hours on a first-come, first-served basis, for guests presenting an IDNYC or New York Public Library card.

Where: 830 5th Ave
Dates: October 23 - Early March
Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 10am – 2:30pm
Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm

For more information on Wollman Rink.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center | Manhattan

The Rink at Rockefeller Center | Manhattan

Few things are more iconic than ice skating in NYC beneath the dazzling Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Get one-time tickets for an afternoon or evening out, or sign up for a membership and skate all season long.

Pro Tip: Tickets are often cheaper, and crowds are thinner if you go in November, February, and March.

Where: Rockefeller Plaza between 50th and 49th Streets
Dates: November 5 – Early March
Hours: Daily, from 9am – 11pm

For more information on The Rink at Rockefeller Center.

Few things are more iconic than ice skating in NYC beneath the dazzling Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Get one-time tickets for an afternoon or evening out, or sign up for a membership and skate all season long.

Pro Tip: Tickets are often cheaper, and crowds are thinner if you go in November, February, and March.

Where: Rockefeller Plaza between 50th and 49th Streets
Dates: November 5 – Early March
Hours: Daily, from 9am – 11pm

For more information on The Rink at Rockefeller Center.

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers | Manhattan

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers | Manhattan

This indoor rink is open year-round and offers general skating, a myriad of skating lessons, ice hockey, and more. With stunning architecture and expansive views of the Hudson River, this spot isn’t one to miss.

Where: 61 Chelsea Piers
Dates: Open year-round
Hours: Hours vary, check the website for the most up-to-date info.

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This indoor rink is open year-round and offers general skating, a myriad of skating lessons, ice hockey, and more. With stunning architecture and expansive views of the Hudson River, this spot isn’t one to miss.

Where: 61 Chelsea Piers
Dates: Open year-round
Hours: Hours vary, check the website for the most up-to-date info.

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Riverbank State Park Ice Rink | Manhattan

Riverbank State Park Ice Rink | Manhattan

If you’re looking for a spot with fewer tourists and crowds, check out Riverbank State Park Ice Rink. Located above the banks of the Hudson River in upper Manhattan, this ice rink offers ice hockey and figure skating clubs in the winter along with general admission skating sessions.

Where: 679 Riverside Drive
Dates: October 3 – March 9. Open for roller skating in warmer months.
Hours: Hours vary, check the website for the most up-to-date info.

For more information on the Riverbank State Park Ice Rink.

If you’re looking for a spot with fewer tourists and crowds, check out Riverbank State Park Ice Rink. Located above the banks of the Hudson River in upper Manhattan, this ice rink offers ice hockey and figure skating clubs in the winter along with general admission skating sessions.

Where: 679 Riverside Drive
Dates: October 3 – March 9. Open for roller skating in warmer months.
Hours: Hours vary, check the website for the most up-to-date info.

For more information on the Riverbank State Park Ice Rink.

The Rink at Brookfield Place | Manhattan

The Rink at Brookfield Place | Manhattan

Take in views of the Hudson River and NYC skyline at this boutique skating rink where you can catch performances by Olympic skaters and attend special events like Skate with Santa throughout the season.

Where: 230 Vesey St.
Dates: Opens in November (2022 dates TBA)
Hours: Hours vary, check the website for the most up-to-date information.

For more information on The Rink at Brookfield Place.

Take in views of the Hudson River and NYC skyline at this boutique skating rink where you can catch performances by Olympic skaters and attend special events like Skate with Santa throughout the season.

Where: 230 Vesey St.
Dates: Opens in November (2022 dates TBA)
Hours: Hours vary, check the website for the most up-to-date information.

For more information on The Rink at Brookfield Place.

Abe Stark Rink | Brooklyn

Abe Stark Rink | Brooklyn

The Abe Stark Ice Arena is a Coney Island staple during the winter months. Open on weekends for general skating sessions, lessons, ice hockey, and more, this ice arena on the boardwalk is definitely worth a visit.

Where: Coney Island Boardwalk and West 19th Street
Dates: October 29 – Early March
Hours: Public skating every Saturday and Sunday from 1:30pm – 4pm. Hours subject to change, check the website for the most up-to-date information.

For more information on Abe Stark Rink.

The Abe Stark Ice Arena is a Coney Island staple during the winter months. Open on weekends for general skating sessions, lessons, ice hockey, and more, this ice arena on the boardwalk is definitely worth a visit.

Where: Coney Island Boardwalk and West 19th Street
Dates: October 29 – Early March
Hours: Public skating every Saturday and Sunday from 1:30pm – 4pm. Hours subject to change, check the website for the most up-to-date information.

For more information on Abe Stark Rink.

LeFrak Center at Lakeside | Brooklyn

LeFrak Center at Lakeside | Brooklyn

A community favorite for Brooklynites, the Lefrak center in Prospect Park offers two outdoor ice rinks. You're welcome to ice skate, but check their schedule for special programming like figure skating, curling, broomball, and ice hockey. Grab a hot drink or a bite to eat at the Bluestone Cafe close by.

Where: 171 East Dr, Brooklyn
Dates: 2022 dates TBA
Hours: TBA

For more information on LeFrak Center at Lakeside.

A community favorite for Brooklynites, the Lefrak center in Prospect Park offers two outdoor ice rinks. You're welcome to ice skate, but check their schedule for special programming like figure skating, curling, broomball, and ice hockey. Grab a hot drink or a bite to eat at the Bluestone Cafe close by.

Where: 171 East Dr, Brooklyn
Dates: 2022 dates TBA
Hours: TBA

For more information on LeFrak Center at Lakeside.

IC Industry City | Brooklyn

IC Industry City | Brooklyn

Along the scenic waterfront at Sunset Park, lies Industry City. In the colder months, the IC Ice RInk opens up, and guests can enjoy skating in the heart of Brooklyn’s creative hub. This rink is uncovered and outside, so be sure to bundle up!

Where: 51 35th St, Brooklyn
Dates: TBA
Hours: TBA

For more information on IC Industry City.

Along the scenic waterfront at Sunset Park, lies Industry City. In the colder months, the IC Ice RInk opens up, and guests can enjoy skating in the heart of Brooklyn’s creative hub. This rink is uncovered and outside, so be sure to bundle up!

Where: 51 35th St, Brooklyn
Dates: TBA
Hours: TBA

For more information on IC Industry City.

Vale Rink | Brooklyn

Vale Rink | Brooklyn

Try ice skating 23 floors up at the Vale Rink at the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. Enjoy a smooth glide on the synthetic ice while taking in views of ]the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline as the backdrop. Reservations include a guest room and a skating lesson for two people.

Where: 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn
Dates: 2022 dates TBA
Hours: TBA

For more information on the Vale Rink.

Try ice skating 23 floors up at the Vale Rink at the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. Enjoy a smooth glide on the synthetic ice while taking in views of ]the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline as the backdrop. Reservations include a guest room and a skating lesson for two people.

Where: 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn
Dates: 2022 dates TBA
Hours: TBA

For more information on the Vale Rink.

Governor’s Island Winter Village Ice Skating Rink | Governor’s Island

Governor’s Island Winter Village Ice Skating Rink | Governor’s Island

Did you know Governor’s Island has a winter village? Shop local vendors, grab a gourmet hot chocolate, warm up by a campfire, and visit the ice rink. Admission to the rink is free on Fridays!

Where: 400 Wheeler Ave, Brooklyn
Dates: December – February (2022 dates TBA)
Hours: TBA

For more information on Governor’s Island Winter Village Ice Skating Rink.

Did you know Governor’s Island has a winter village? Shop local vendors, grab a gourmet hot chocolate, warm up by a campfire, and visit the ice rink. Admission to the rink is free on Fridays!

Where: 400 Wheeler Ave, Brooklyn
Dates: December – February (2022 dates TBA)
Hours: TBA

For more information on Governor’s Island Winter Village Ice Skating Rink.

World Ice Arena | Queens

World Ice Arena | Queens

The World Ice Arena in Corona Park is an indoor ice rink open year-round. Whether you’re looking for a day out with the family, or pursuing competitive sports like hockey, speed skating, or figure skating, World Ice Arena has it.

Where: 131-04 Meridian Rd Flushing, NY 11368
Dates: Open year-round
Hours: Hours vary, check the website for the most up-to-date details.

For more information on World Ice Arena.

 

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The World Ice Arena in Corona Park is an indoor ice rink open year-round. Whether you’re looking for a day out with the family, or pursuing competitive sports like hockey, speed skating, or figure skating, World Ice Arena has it.

Where: 131-04 Meridian Rd Flushing, NY 11368
Dates: Open year-round
Hours: Hours vary, check the website for the most up-to-date details.

For more information on World Ice Arena.

 

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🎅 NYC's Newest And Most Magical Holiday Attraction Of The Season, Disney's “The Santa Clauses'” Winter Wonderland At Watermark

SEE ALSO:
🎄 Tinseltown Pop-Up: Where Everyday is Christmas
🥂 NYC's Newest and Most Festive Holiday Cocktail Bar: Holly Jolly Holiday Bar at Mad Morton
❄️ NYC's Ultimate 2022 Winter Bucket List

 

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