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?

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’s 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!

  • Season: October 2019 to April 2020
  • Opening hours: You can skate in sessions of an hour and a half starting from 08:30 till midnight
  • General Admission:
    • Adults: from US$25 to $33 per session
    • Children (up to 11): US$15 per session
  • Skate Rental: US$12.50

Rockefeller Skating Packages

The below packages are only available in November and December 2019
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 favourite! 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

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.

Book ice skating plus dinner at The Sea Grill here

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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: October 2019 through March 2020
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • General Admission: free
  • Skate rentals: US$20 per person, included in the New York Pass

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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 2019 to April 2020
  • 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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