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You'll be able to ice skate on Governors Island throughout the summer

Will Gleason

Skating rink season is starting early in New York this year. Like... way, way early.

The Trust For Governors Island released more details today about the summertime skating rink set to open on the western shore of the island this Saturday. The rink, which is made of a synthetic material designed for metal ice skates, will give New Yorkers the rare opportunity to skate during the summer months (with a clear view of the Statue of Liberty, no less). Finally. Every day is Christmas. 

“Governors Island is already a beloved recreational destination, but what could be more fun than summertime ice skating in view of the Statue of Liberty?” said Michael Samuelian, President of the Trust for Governors Island. 

The 8,000-square-foot skating rink located near Castle Williams is modeled after a similar warm-weather rink on the rooftop of the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. Daily ice skate rentals will be available and the new attraction will be open daily from 10am–5pm on weekdays and from 10am–6pm on weekends. 

The rink will also remain open during Governors Island’s Late Fridays until 9pm (pair a couple rounds of skating with an outdoor film screening and you've got a perfect date night) with free skating available on weekdays from 10am to noon. Outside of those hours, it will be $20 for adults and $15 for kids.

Mel’s Rink in Washington, D.C.
Photograph: Courtesy The Trust for Governors Island

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