Wednesday, December 11, 2013


The outdoor ice skating rinks offer a fun way to celebrate the cold weather. All of them offer skating lessons and birthday party packages, and many also have ice hockey. Always check the rinks' official websites before heading out to verify the public skating hours as the schedules often change throughout the season, especially during the holidays. 
Wollman Rink

Open through mid-April 2014

Wollman Rink (also known as the Trump Rink) is an iconic NYC skating spot. Ice skating is a long-standing and beloved tradition in Central Park – as old as the Park itself.

Hours: Monday-Tuesday 10am-2:30pm; Wednesday-Thursday 10am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 10am-11pm; Sunday 10am-9pm

Central Park, enter at Central Park South and Sixth Avenue.
Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center
Open through April 2014

This is the most popular, yet the priciest, ice-skating rink in the city.  It is the perfect setting against the unique urban backdrop of Rockefeller Center's sparkling lights and holiday tree. Watch the skaters glide by afterwards while enjoying a delicious meal at Rock Center Café, The Sea Grill or Cucina & Co.

Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Open through March 2, 2014

 Due to the free admission, this rink regularly attracts large crowds. The best time to avoid long lines is weekdays before 5pm, and early weekend mornings. Winter Village also features an indoor restaurant and seasonal holiday shops.

Bryant Park, 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

The Rink at Brookfield Place
Open through mid-March 2014

At 7,350 square feet, it beats the Rock Center rink and can accommodate 250 skaters at a time. Adjacent restaurant P.J Clarke's serves up warming after-skate meals.

Hours: Daily 10am-10pm

In front of Brookfield Place’s Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street between West Street and North End Avenue.
South Street Seaport Rink
Open through March 2014

Downtown's most charming rink opened up at the corner of Fulton and Front Streets. Adding to the holiday cheer, carolers will perform at the rink Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the winter.

Hours: Daily 10am-10pm

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