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The best places to go ice-skating in NYC

Lace up your skates and head to our favorite spots for the best indoor and outdoor ice-skating NYC has to offer

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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It's time to lace up your skates—the best ice skating rinks in NYC are waiting for you. As one of the most beloved cities to spend the holidays in, NYC has plenty of indoor and outdoor rinks where you can glide and practice your toe jumps. To help narrow down your options, we’ve ranked the top places to go, from the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center or lower-key rinks at NYC parks like Central Park. You can even make a full-day out of it when you shop at one of the city’s best holiday markets, followed by sipping hot chocolate and skating on The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. If you'd rather stay warm while on the ice, there are many all-weather indoor rinks, including spots that offer roller skating.

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Best places for ice-skating in NYC

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  • Ice skating
  • Midtown West

The Rink is open every day from 9am until midnight through April. To have your moment with the bronze gilded statue of the Greek legend Prometheus, a ticket costs you $20-$54 to skate during the holiday season. One thing's for sure, whether the weather is frigid or balmy, nothing stands in the way of New Yorkers and their time on the ice. Fun fact: The attraction, which first opened on Christmas Day in 1936, was meant to be temporary, but it has stood the test of time to become one of the most coveted things to do in New York, especially during the holidays. 

 

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  • Markets and fairs

If you want to eat, shop and go ice-skating all in one-go, The Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park is the spot. The 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is still free and open late, however, you’ll still have to shell out $15 to rent skates (or BYO). Reservations and skate rentals must be made in advance online (rental prices change depending the day and time) this year, and fewer skaters will be on the ice at one time, which is good for skaters looking for a less hectic time on the ice. It’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up with hot chocolate at the new The Lodge Deck rinkside.

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  • Greenwood

Industry City will be a holiday destination this year, because alongside all of its local shops and eateries, it'll once again have an open-air ice skating rink. Starting on Friday, November 19, the outdoor rink in Courtyard 5/6 will be located next to an outdoor bar operated by Frying Pan Brooklyn that'll serve up hot cocoa and snacks. It'll also be decorated to the nines with holiday decor and be heated so don't worry about getting chilly. The rink is open Thursdays 4-8pm; Fridays noon-8pm; Saturdays 11am-8pm; and Sundays 11am-6pm. Tickets can be purchased on site or online.

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  • Parks and gardens
  • Prospect Park

Ahh, is there anything more picturesque than Prospect Park during the fall and winter? We have a feeling you’ll be spending a lot of time there this season, particularly for the park’s massive arena, which transforms from roller rink to ice haven come wintertime. From outdoor and indoor ice-skating and figure skating to hockey, curling and broomball, there’s plenty of sports to try. And the walk through the park’s foliage is worth the price in admission. Ice skating starts at $12 per person with skate rentals for $8.71. You can reserve your 90-minute session ahead of time online.

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  • Ice skating
  • Chelsea

There’s no need to wait until winter to glide across the two NHL-size rinks at this megacomplex—they’re open year-round for general skating as well as hockey and figure skating. Unlike most indoor ice arenas, this one doesn’t feel like a cave; ample windows afford sweeping views of the Hudson River to the west. You can book a freestyle skate session, which you can book here. Skate rentals and its rink locker rooms are not available this year.

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  • Ice skating
  • Harlem

This sizable outdoor rink is open to the public Friday through Sunday and has a roof to prevent December snows and April showers alike from raining on your Ice Capades. And since Riverbank State Park overlooks the Hudson, you’ll have nice views of the river and the George Washington Bridge as a backdrop. You could even stop by Sofrito, which is on the premises, after a brisk day of skating. It costs just $5 ($3 for kids) to skate unless you need to rent skates, which costs $6. 

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  • Things to do
  • Ice skating
  • Central Park

New Yorkers looking forward to ice-skating should expect a different experience than what they're accustomed to at Wollman Rink. For one thing, the rink will no longer be operated by the Trump Organization but the Wollman Park Partners LLC. This means there have been updates to the rink including a side-rink cafe that will be serving, among other offerings, hot dogs (even vegan ones!), burgers, tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches and more. It all starts on Sunday, November 14, for the season. Braving the crowds is worth it for the priceless Central Park scenery—it's $14 to skate during the week, $23 to skate on the weekends, and $11 to rent skates.

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  • Coney Island

This seaside rink keeps people flocking to the area even after Coney Island's theme parks have closed. The 40-year-old venue began its life as the Ravenhall Baths, a saltwater swimming pool that was quite the Coney Island hotspot in its day. It was destroyed by fire in 1963, after which the space was converted into a destination for the heavily sweatered and uncoordinated. It's $10 to skate and $5 per skate rental.

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  • Ice skating
  • Queens

Need some skating tips before you attempt to navigate Manhattan’s obstacle-ridden ice? Head to this Queens arena, where dozens of weekly classes are available in addition to daily open sessions. If you need to refuel after all that gliding, the World Ice Cafe serves rinkside grub during most public skating hours. Admission is $7 for weekdays and $10 for weekends (starting at 7pm on Fridays) and holidays and skate rental is $6. You must register online before you arrive to skate.

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  • Sunnyside

World Ice’s sister arena has the added benefit of a second, smaller skating area for spillover. The five boroughs’ only rooftop rink, it stretches to NHL size under a weatherproof air dome. (If it’s good enough to withstand Canadian temperatures, it can handle the wussy NYC winter.) The additional rink—made of synthetic material—gives smelly adult-leaguers a place to practice their hockey stops while you enjoy your leisurely laps. Right now, public skate sessions are on Sundays between 11:40am and 2:20pm. It's $12 $7 to skate and skate rental is $8. You must register online before showing up to skate.

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  • Sports and fitness
  • Battery Park City

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. A single session (for 60 minutes) is $15 and renting skates is just $5. Just register online to book your session when it opens later in November.

The Rink at Manhattan West
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12. The Rink at Manhattan West

By the same folks who run the Ice Rink at Brookfield Place, this new rink will offer the same kind of outdoor ice skating experience with daily public skating and ice skating programs for men, women and children hosted by Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov. They will host private lessons, semi-private lessons, private pods, and private event rentals. A single 60-minute public skating session is $20 and skate rentals are only $5. You can book ahead online when it opens for the season.

Need to warm up a bit?

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés

New York's hot chocolate revival can be traced back to City Bakery more than 20 years ago, but even though that bakery bastion shuttered in 2019, the scene is still piping hot. One reason? Baristas. A great coffee shop is often a great hot chocolate spot—that latte-quality milk can make all the difference when you want a cocoa to lift your spirits when battling the brutal cold.

But whether you get it from your corner Joe joint, one of the city's best bakeries, or from a bar as a warming hot cocktail, hot chocolate in NYC has never been better. There are so many high-quality options in this city that you could go on a season-long cocoa crawl, and try everything from classic cups to more creative expressions. (Cardamom almond milk hot chocolate, anyone?)

Fancy techniques aside, the best cocoas are comforting—there's a reason why hot chocolate is one of the defining flavors of childhood.

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  • Travel

The perfect winter getaway from NYC requires a few things: hot chocolate, a crackling fireplace, wool sweaters and a cozy cabin to cuddle up in. Whether you need lodging at ski resorts near NYC or somewhere rustic chic for a girls’ weekend, this list of cabins near NYC on Airbnb has got you covered. After just a few hours of driving, you could be snuggling in a chalet in the Pocono Mountains, relaxing in a geodesic dome in upstate New York or sipping a hot toddy in a trendy container cabin in the Catskills. No matter where you choose to go, escaping the city to a snow-covered wonderland has to be one of the top things to do in the winter.

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Note: please check the latest travel guidance before booking your trip.

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