Best ice skating in NYC for kids and families

We rounded up the best ice skating in NYC for kids and families so you can start winter off on the right foot

Photograph: Courtesy Michael Moran
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Time to bundle up for the best ice skating in NYC! 

From Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park to Wollman Rink and Chelsea Piers, these amazing venues let you beat the cabin fever that comes along with a cold NYC winter. Once you and the kids lace up your skates, chances are you'll be having too much fun to get off the ice. 

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Get ready for gorgeous city views, family fun, one-on-one lessons and so much more when you visit these kids' ice skating spots. Which one will you hit first?

While you're at it, have a look at our favorite winter activities for kids, sip on some hot chocolate and enjoy these fun indoor activities for kids. If you're interested in booking a holiday-themed tour, click here

Ice Skating in NYC

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The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Photograph: Bart Barlow/© RCPI Landmark Properties
Things to do, Ice skating

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

icon-location-pin Midtown West

Rockefeller Center is the epicenter of NYC Christmas festivities. Though the crowds will certainly be large, you'd be remiss to pass up an opportunity to loop around this iconic rink. You'll likely experience a lengthy wait, so if you have your heart set on doing laps beneath the tree, make sure to book in advanced. Be sure to explore the rink's birthday party options and private lessons! Oct—April. $15–32, skate rentals $12.50. Group rates available.

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Citi Pond at Bryant Park
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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When the cold weather hits, Bryant Park transforms into a literal winter village complete with quaint vendors, holiday sweets, a gorgeous Christmas tree and, of course, a skating rink. After you've made your way to and from your favorite shops and sipped a few mugs of hot cocoa, take a spin on the ice in one of midtown's most beautiful spots as New York Public Library serves as a gorgeous backdrop. The 17,000 square-foot rink also offers broomball, lessons and other activities! Daily from 8am–10am beginning Oct 27. Free, skate rentals $20, helmet rental $6.

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Photograph: LeFrak Center at Lakeside
Attractions, Parks and gardens

LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park

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Prospect Park embarks on winter festivities early in the year. The 2018 skating season kicks off on Halloween weekend, Oct 27, and keeps the fun going well into the season. The $74 million project at LeFrak Center at Lakeside has resulted in two seasonal rinks for Brooklynites, one of which is covered. When little legs need some rest, grab a bite at the cafe. If you have a kiddo who can't stay off the ice, let them try curling, broomball or hockey. Oct 28–April 8, $7 weekdays $10 weekends, $7 skate rentals. 

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Trump Wollman Rink
Things to do, Ice skating

Wollman Rink

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Central Park is NYC's backyard, so naturally natives and visitors alike will love a chance to skate in Wollman Rink. Prepare for some of the best views Manhattan has to offer while you perfect your moves on the ice. Open for the 2018-2019 season daily at various times. Mon-Thu $12, children 11 and under $6; Fri–Sun and holidays $19, children 11 and under $6; skate rental $9. Cash only.

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Rendering of the Rink at Brookfield Place at the World Financial Center
Photograph: Courtesy Liberty View Ice Rink and Brookfield Office Properties
Sports and fitness

The Rink at Brookfield Place

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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. The rink offers Learn to Skate classes with Olympic medal–winning husband-and-wife team, Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov. The ice-dancing pros will lead Intro to Basics lessons and Parent & Me classes throughout the season. Ice-hockey lessons are on offer too, in case your crew's in need of a little coaching. 2018 dates tbd. $15; skate rental $5.

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Floyd Bennett Field, Aviator Sports and Events Center

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At this spiffy center that's home to two NHL-sized ice rinks, skating is offered 365 days a year! No other sports center in NYC can claim that, and we're totally glad it exists. It's also friendly to groups, since group outing pricing and ice-skating birthday parties are available options (in addition to private lessons, of course). Mon–Sun at various times. $12, children 11 and under $10, skate rentals $8; free lockers available, but guests must bring their own lock.

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Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Things to do, Ice skating

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

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The complex hosts two NHL-size skating rinks that welcome skaters all year long. Sign kids up for youth hockey leagues or figure skating lessons to see your little ones twirling and speeding down the ice like a pro. The indoor arena means it’s a perfect day for a skate no matter the weather. Open daily at various times. $11, skate rental $6, helmet rental $5. Group rates available.

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Sports and fitness

Abe Stark Rink

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This nearly 50-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 skaters of all ages. Arrive at the rink promptly at 1pm when it opens; the ice fills fast and it closes at 3:30pm. 2018 dates tbd. $10, skate rental $5.

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Photograph: World Ice Arena
Things to do, Ice skating

World Ice Arena

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Although this rink offers hockey programs and private lessons, families can enjoy free-skate sessions every day of the week. World Ice also hosts birthday parties that include skate rental, pizza and several hours of ice time. Mon-Sun at various times. $7 weekdays, $10 weekends, skate rental $6.

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Things to do, Ice skating

Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

icon-location-pin Harlem

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. Learn to Skate, Ice Dance, Figure Skating and Ice Hockey programs are also on the menu. 2018 DATES TBA. $5, children $3, skate rental $6.

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Photograph: Ezra Suazo
Sports and fitness

City Ice Pavilion

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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 New York winters). The rink is devoted to skating lessons, hockey practice and private parties. Check the public skating calendar before making a visit. Open year round. $7 weekdays, $10 weekends, skate rental $6. Helmet rentals are no longer available. 

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Photograph: Staten Island Skating Pavilion
Things to do, Ice skating

Staten Island Skating Pavilion

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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 for skating and hockey are available, but check the calendar before making a visit. Parties and private rink rentals are also available. Open daily at various times. $11; skate rentals $6.

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Photograph: Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks
Things to do, Ice skating

WWII Veterans War Memorial Ice Skating Rink

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The trip all the way to Staten Island is so worth the scenery: Clove Lakes Park boasts some of New York’s few remaining wetlands. How's that for skating with a view? 2018 dates tbd. Fri–Sun at various times; $10, skate rental $5.

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Photograph: Courtesy Trust for Governors Island
News, City Life

Mel's Rink at Governors Island

Thought outdoor ice skating was strictly a winter sport? Think again! The Trust For Governors Island opened Mel's Rink in 2018, a summertime venue made of synthetic material designed for metal skates. We do love a dip in the pool when the heat strikes, but skating about as the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline greet us in the background? We'll take it. For now, it's a warm-weather adventure, but fingers crossed that changes!

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Things to do, Ice skating

Trump Lasker Rink

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If the massive crowds circling Wollman Rink on the southern edge of Central Park, head north for the park’s second rink. Not only will you find more elbow room here, but it’s also a great spot for budding hockey players to test their skating skills. Open Oct 27, weather permitting. Mon-Sun various times. $9, children 11 and under $5, skate rental $8. Cash only.

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