Lace up your skates: The Rink at Rockefeller Center is open

It may be sunny out, but winter is coming—and the iconic midtown rink officially opens today for its 77th season.

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The Rink at Rockefeller Center

The Rink at Rockefeller Center Photograph: Andrew Fladeboe

Hard to believe winter is coming with this glorious fall weather, but there are harbingers of the colder months—like The Rink at Rockefeller Center's opening. The iconic ice-skating rink opened its doors to the public at 10am today with Olympic medalist Elvis Stojko and the Rockettes on hand, and will remain open through April 2014.


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The space is limited to 150 skaters at once, which means there is lots of room to show off your best moves, but long lines, too; arrive early. This year, the rink also introduced an early-morning skate; if you're willing to shell out $40, you can get on the rink at 7am, when it's less crowded.


Check out a photograph via The New York Times of the Rink at Rockefeller Center's first day in 1936. For more ice-skating options in the city, check out our full list of rinks, including info on the soon-to-be-completed Lakeside complex in Prospect Park.



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