Ice 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 to ice skating?

Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center is an amazing ice rink, especially during the festive months of November through January. It’s not the cheapest rink, but it certainly allows you to skate in style. To get there walk to Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Street, through the Channel Gardens and down the stairs. You can’t miss it!

Rockefeller Skating Packages

The below packages are only available in November and December 2021
Would you like to receive an email as soon as the packages are available to book? Send me a message at [email protected] and I’ll email you when the tickets are available.

This VIP skating arrangement is my favorite! It 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.

Book your evening VIP skating arrangement here

If you’d prefer to skate in the morning, book a morning skate session. Arrive at the rink at 08:30 a.m. and enjoy the holiday spirit on the ice. Then enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate in the heated VIP chalet. You can visit the Top of the Rock afterwards.

Book your morning VIP skating arrangement here

Practical Information

  • Season: November 2021 to April 2022
  • Opening hours: You can skate in sessions of 50 minutes starting from 09:00 till midnight
  • General Admission: adults and children 6 and up: from $25 to $35 per session, children up to 5: $10 per session
  • Skate Rental: US$15

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Bryant Park

Just steps away from Times Square, Bryant Park is located on 42nd Street between Fifth Avenue and 6th Avenue. The rink, located right in the park, is even bigger than the Rockefeller skating rink. If you would like more room for skating, then this is definitely a good option. This is the hottest rink in town as it is free for everyone!

  • Season: 30th October 2020 through 1st March 2021
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
    Jan 5 – Mar 1: 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
  • General Admission: free, reserve a time slot online
  • Skate rentals: US$21-$36 per person depending on the date

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Central Park

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 2020 to April 2021
  • Opening hours: 
    • Monday/Tuesday:          10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday/Thursday:   10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    • Friday/Saturday:            10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
    • Sunday:                         10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Buy tickets for skating in Central Park here

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 until March. Admission is US$8.50 for adults and $4.50 for children. Skate rentals are $7.50.

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