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Published October 19, 2023

The Best Places to Go Ice Skating in NYC

12 places to spend a day on the ice in NYC ❄️⛸

by New York Bucket List


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.

The Ultimate Guide to Ice Skating in NYC

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
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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.

Where: 830 5th Ave
Dates: October 23 - Early March
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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 27 – Early March
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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
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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. Pro-Tip: Admission to the rink is free on Thursdays!

Where: 400 Wheeler Ave, Brooklyn
Dates: December – February
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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: December – March
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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
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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: November 26 – January 29
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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 11 – March 12. Open for roller skating in warmer months
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Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers | Manhattan

This indoor rink is open year-round and offers general skating, 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
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Ice Rink at the Seaport | Manhattan

Open daily beginning November 22, skate where the city meets the stars at Seaport. The Ice Rink has returned for a season of winter festivities, and Pier 17 has been 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
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IC Industry City | Brooklyn

Along the scenic waterfront at Sunset Park lies Industry City. The IC Ice Rink opens up in the colder months, and guests can enjoy skating in the heart of Brooklyn’s creative hub. Skate under the stars and warm up by the fire pits with festive cocktails from IC's Brewers + Distillers. Plus, enjoy post-skate indoor activities like billiards, vintage arcade games, and NYC's first petanque court at Carreau Club. This rink is uncovered and outside, so be sure to bundle up!

Where: 51 35th St, Brooklyn
Dates: TBA
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