If you’re looking for a bit of retro with your family fun, you’ll want to check out the best NYC rinks that offer roller skating for kids. Families can rent gear or bring along their own pair of skates to fly around the rink indoors or under the sky.
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Best roller skating in NYC
LeFrak Center at Lakeside
Nestled in Prospect Park, LeFrak Center at Lakeside offers plenty of opportunity for family fun. Kids and adults alike can rent skates onsite or bring their own—either way, the 16,000-square-foot rink will keep everyone busy for hours. For parents on date night, there’s also Lola Star’s Dreamland at Lakeside, where adults can enjoy disco dancing, kitschy contests, wacky performers and even roller dance lessons. LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park, 171 East Drive, Brooklyn (718-462-0010, lakesidebrooklyn.com). Mon–Thurs noon–5pm, Fri–Sat noon–7pm. Weekdays $6, weekends $8; skate rental $6. All ages.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2
Kids will get excited about fitness while skating around Brooklyn Bridge Park’s outdoor rink. The spacious roller arena sits along the East River and offers beautiful views from the pier. Choose from roller or inline skates (rentals $6 and $7, respectively) while little ones start off with the help of a skate mate ($6 per session) until they become speedy pros. Pier 2 Roller Rink, 150 Furman St, Brooklyn (718-300-2401, brooklynbridgeskating.com). Open daily at various times. $6, Friday 7pm–10:30pm, Saturday noon–10:30pm and Sunday noon–7pm $9, affordable family fun night Monday 6:30pm–10pm $4, free public skate Monday 3pm–6pm, Friday 3pm–6pm and Sunday 10am–noon. All ages.
Riverbank State Park Skating Rink
Before converting to an ice-skating venue in late October or early November, the covered rink at the 28-acre green space hosts in-line and quad skaters of all ages. The uptown park—rising 69 feet above the Hudson River—also offers a sweet view of the Little Red Lighthouse, plus rides on the charming Totally Kid Carousel, whose offbeat animals were designed by local children. Riverbank State Park, Riverside Dr (212-694-3600, nysparks.state.ny.us). Various times. $1.50, skate rentals $6 per day. All ages.
Central Park Dance Skaters Association
Can't help getting down when you're lacing up? Hit the pavement at Central Park's open-air skate Circle, where children can boogie on weekend afternoons while they skate to DJ-spun tunes (weather permitting). The best part is the live DJs—they’ll mix classics and new hits to keep the whole family happy. Enter at E 72nd or W 72nd St and follow the road across the park. The circle is just west of the bandshell, east of Strawberry Fields and Sheep Meadow (cpdsa.org). Sat–Sun, 2:45–6:45pm. Free. All ages. *Note, CPD does not offer roller skates.
Hot Skates Roller Skating Rink
This gigantic indoor rink on Long Island invites families to roll around the wooden arena as tunes play over a state-of-the-art sound system. Bring your own set of skates (inline or quad) or rent a pair of four-wheeled skates onsite, then let loose during open skate sessions. All ages are welcome most of the time, but some nights are reserved for those ages 18 and older or 21 and older only. Beginners will want to bring their own wrist guards and helmets to keep noggins safe. 14 Merrick Rd, Lynbrook, Long Island (516-593-1300, hotskates.com). Daily daytime admission $11, evening admission (beginning at 7pm) $12; cash only. Schedule varies, visit website for skate times.
Staten Islanders looking for some roller skating fun without having to leave the island can head to this arcade/roller rink. Take a whirl around the bright blue rink and then play a few rounds of Skee-Ball or race car video games. Head in Friday nights when everyone is treated to all-you-can-eat pizza (7pm–10pm). And if you’re looking for a cool spot to celebrate your kid’s next birthday, the rink hosts private parties with six huge bounce houses. 236 Richmond Valley Road, Staten Island (718-605-6600, rollerjamusa.com). Friday 7pm–1am, Saturday 1pm–7:30pm $10.50, skate rentals $4.95; Adult skate sessions Saturday 9pm–2am $15, skate rentals $5.