Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours.
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If you're looking to avoid the lines at Rockefeller Center head here instead. Even on it's busiest nights, you can move onto the rink with very little wait. Skating is free if you bring your own blades, and you can bring a lock or rent your own to store your belongings. Just remember the lockers are small so pack lightly! Otherwise you'll need to pay to check a storage bag. Also available for rent are skate assistants for kids (aka small figures the kids can lean on while they glide). The cafe within the space isn't too pricey (compared to Rockefeller) but if you don't like the food there, you can easily hop over to one of the many food vendors in the Winter Village.
Many people , I enjoy it.but the line to get the tickets is 35 min, cost $15 , and no time limit. Love it
Definitely worth checking out! You can get local gifts or treats from pretzels to cookies and wafels. The ice skating rink is adorable and the tree makes for a great backdrop. I love coming here and it's a great place to take out of towners or stop by on a walk through the city for a rest.
Bring your own lock so you don't have to rent one. Bring your own
skates if you don't want to rent them - they also have a special line if
you don't need to rent the skates. Down side is the attendants are
REALLY grumpy. "No Hand Holding." "No skating backwards." "No bags" -
Yes they wouldn't let me skate with my purse, and if I remember
correctly the year before it was warm and they wouldn't let me skate
with my jacket around my waist. Pretty setting, easier than Rockerfeller, but honestly there are just too many rules.