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Best ice-skating rinks in New York City for families

Take the kids to one of our favorite ice-skating rinks in New York City for a day of ice-filled fun.

  • Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    Citi Pond at Bryant Park

  • Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    Citi Pond at Bryant Park

  • Photograph: Bart Barlow/© RCPI Landmark Properties

    Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    The Rink at Rockefeller Center

     

  • Photograph: Bart Barlow/© RCPI Landmark Properties

    Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    The Rink at Rockefeller Center

  • Photograph: Scott McDermott

    Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

  • Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    Trump Lasker Rink

  • Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    Trump Lasker Rink

  • Photograph: Andrew Fladeboe

    Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    Trump Wollman Rink

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    Trump Wollman Rink

  • Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

     

     

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    Liberty View Ice Rink

  • Ice-skating rinks in New York City

    City Ice Pavilion

Ice-skating rinks in New York City

Citi Pond at Bryant Park


It's a big year for ice-skating in New York City. Joining the city's quartet of time-honored skating rinks—the Rink at Rockefeller Center, Winter Village at Bryant Park, and Central Park's Trump and Lasker rinks—is a brand-new quartet: McCarren Park Rink in Greenpoint, the Rink at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City, the LeFrak Center at Prospect Park's Lakeside and the See/Change Unseasonable Cool Rink at the South Street Seaport. Read on to see where you can get your glide on at ice-skating rinks in New York City.


Manhattan ice-skating rinks

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

  • Price band: 2/4

Even if the sidewalks are overrun with tourists, your crew will have ample room to skate at the city’s most iconic rink; only 150 people are allowed on the ice at once. Unfortunately, that also means that your family should prepare for long lines—unless you plan on going early in the morning or between 9am and noon on Thanksgiving, expect a one- to two-hour wait. Reservations for the first skate of the day (daily 7am) can also be made online.

  1. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, (between 49th and 50th Sts)
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

  • Free

During the winter months, Bryant Park opens a no-charge 17,000-square-foot skating rink. Don’t get too excited: The admission may be free, but you gotta pay $14 to rent skates (or BYO). On the upside: The complex holds 500 people, holiday shops, an indoor pavilion and the Canadian-themed lounge Celsius, which conveniently offers a full children's menu and plenty of hot chocolate.

  1. Sixth Ave, (between 40th and 42nd Sts)
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See/Change Unseasonably Cool

  • Critics choice

This 110-by-45-foot ice-skating rink at the intersection of Fulton and Front Streets joins the markets that debuted at South Street Seaport over the summer. Drop-in basic skills classes will be held Saturdays and Sundays from 9–9:45am ($20 including skate rental) and private lessons are also available Thursday–Sunday ($60). Ages 3 and up.

  1. South Street Seaport 19 Fulton St, at Front St
  2. Until Sat Mar 1
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The Rink at Brookfield Place

Located on the plaza in front of the erstwhile World Financial Center Winter Garden (it's now called Brookfield Place Winter Garden), this rink brings a much-needed cold-weather option to the seasonally popular outdoor spot overlooking the North Cove Marina. At 7,350 square feet, it's even bigger than the Rink at Rockefeller Plaza. Manhattan Youth and Asphalt Green will be offering learn-to-skate and ice-hockey lessons too, in case your crew's in need of a little coaching. All ages.

  1. Brookfield Place Plaza, 220 Vesey St, 10281
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Trump Lasker Rink

  • Price band: 1/4

This rink is less crowded than Wollman, but go for the hockey: Competitive leagues for Gretzky wanna-bes practice here daily. If your tot has a winter birthday, this spot also offers party packages.

  1. Central Park, (enter at W 110th and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave)), 10026
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Trump Wollman Rink

  • Price band: 1/4

Skating newbies can sign up for the learn-to-skate program—it’s the largest in the country. But no matter what your child’s skill level, there’s nothing quite like skating in the middle of our city’s most beautiful park.

  1. Central Park, (enter at W 59th St at Sixth Ave), 10065
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Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

  • Price band: 1/4

There’s no need to wait until winter for your family to glide across the two NHL-size rinks at this megacomplex—they’re open year-round for general skating as well as hockey and figure skating. Unlike most indoor ice arenas, this one doesn’t feel like a cave; ample windows afford sweeping views of the Hudson River to the west.

  1. 61 Chelsea Piers (Hudson River), 23rd St at the Hudson River, 10011
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Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

  • Price band: 1/4

Located about 85 blocks north of the midtown mayhem, the covered rink here—part of a 28-acre recreational facility—provides some of the least-crowded weekend skating in Manhattan. Riverbank Park overlooks the Hudson, so your crew will have nice views of the river and the George Washington Bridge too. Bonus: Families celebrating birthdays at the rink can reserve tables for after-skate cake and ice cream.

  1. Riverside Dr, (between 137th and 145th Sts)
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New Brooklyn ice-skating rinks

LeFrak Center at Prospect Park's Lakeside

Skaters young and old, mark your calendar: An opening date of December 20 for the LeFrak Center at Prospect Park's Lakeside has been set. The park is getting a 32,000-square-foot skating surface with not one but two rinks: One is covered and will transform into a roller rink come summer, while the other is open-air and will morph into a water playground in warmer weather. The LeFrak Center (named for the family that donated $10 million to the $74 million project) also includes an event space, public restrooms, a café and landscaped terraces with views of the rinks.

  1. Prospect Park
  2. Opens Dec 20

McCarren Rink

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

McCarren Park Pool gets a 300-plus-person ice-skating rink thanks to the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA). When you're not carving it up, sip hot chocolate topped with crushed Whoppers or munch on hot dogs covered in pulled pork and Thankgiving-themed hot sandwiches at the concession tent, operated by the folks behind local eateries No. 7 Sub, Anella and Jimmy's. Ages 3 and up.

  1. McCarren Park Pool 776 Lorimer St, between Bayard St and Driggs Ave
  2. Sun Jan 5
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More ice-skating rinks

Abe Stark Rink

  • Price band: 1/4

This 40-year-old venue began its life as the Ravenhall Baths, a saltwater swimming pool that was quite the Coney Island hot spot in its day. It was destroyed by a fire in 1963, after which the space was converted into a destination for the heavily sweatered and uncoordinated. Arrive at the rink promptly at 1pm when it opens; the ice fills fast and it closes at 4pm.

  1. 1902 Surf Ave, (at 19th St), 11224
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Aviator Queens Community Ice Rink

Sponsored by Brooklyn's Aviator Sports, Aviator Queens is the only outdoor rink in the borough; it's located across the street from the Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale. Since it's brand-new this season and still relatively unknown, it's not swarmed like many of its competitors. On Saturdays at 10am, kids can drop in for a learn-to-skate program ($15, plus skate rental), and the site can be rented Monday through Thursday for private parties.

  1. 8000 Cooper Ave, (at 81st Street)
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City Ice Pavilion

  • Price band: 1/4

The five boroughs’ only rooftop rink stretches an NHL-appropriate 85-by-200 feet under a weatherproof air dome (if it’s good enough for Canadians, it’s good enough for the wussy New York winter). Stop by mid-afternoon during the week, or between noon and 4pm or so on the weekends. At other times, the rink is devoted to skating lessons, hockey practice and private parties.

  1. 47-32 32nd Pl, (between 47th and 48th Aves)
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Staten Island Skating Pavilion

  • Price band: 1/4

The borough's only year-round ice rink is a skater's dream, offering figure-skating and hockey programs for kids and adults of all levels. Public sessions, parties and private rink rentals are also available.

  1. 3080 Arthur Kill Rd, (between Shore St and Clay Pit Rd)
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Staten Island War Memorial Ice Skating Rink

  • Price band: 1/4

We know what you’re thinking: Yeah freakin’ right. But the trip is sooo worth the scenery: Clove Lakes Park boasts some of New York’s few remaining wetlands.

  1. Clove Lakes Park, (Victory Blvd near Clove Rd)
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Van Cortlandt Park Ice Skating Rink

The long-awaited uptown rink boasts lengthy public skating sessions, plus kids' figure-skating and hockey lessons as well as birthday parties.

  1. Van Cortlandt Park, (Broadway at 242nd St)
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World Ice Arena

  • Price band: 1/4

Although this rink offers hockey programs and private lessons, families can enjoy free-skate sessions every day of the week. World Ice also hosts inexpensive birthday parties; the fee (just $20 per child) includes skate rental, pizza and several hours of ice time.

  1. 13135 Avery Ave, (at Van Wyck Expwy)
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