The rink at Rockefeller Center
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The Rink at Rockefeller Center 2023 guide

Ice skating on The Rink at Rockefeller Center is one of the most iconic NYC traditions. Here are all the details you should know.

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The iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center will soon open again to ice skaters! Ice skating is not only one of the best Christmas things to do, but it’s one of the best things to do for fall and winter!

Every year, The Rink at Rockefeller Center ushers in the holiday season by opening up to the public to skate under a golden Prometheus. Once peak season hits, there’s going to be a bit of a wait to get on the slick stuff. Use our handy guide to navigate your way through one of the best New York attractions.

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Where is The Rink at Rockefeller Center?

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is located at Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets.

When does The Rink at Rockefeller Center open for the season?

This year, The Rink at Rockefeller Center will be open as of October 21, 2023. Tickets are on sale now.

What are the hours for The Rink at Rockefeller Center?

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is open daily from 9am until 11pm.

When does The Rink at Rockefeller Center close for the season?

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is usually open until March.

How do I get to The Rink at Rockefeller Center?

Take the B,D,F or M train to 47–50 Sts Rockefeller Center.

When is the best time to go to The Rink at Rockefeller Center?

Once peak season hits (from the week of Thanksgiving through January 1), there’s going to be a loooong line to get on the ice. So it’s best to take advantage of snagging tickets in advance and pick a date earlier in the season.

How much do I have to pay to skate at The Rink at Rockefeller Center?

Tickets start at $21 per person, but the exact price depends on the date, the time of day and age. Skate rentals are available for $11. Local skaters can also purchase a membership to have access to the rink and unlimited skating throughout the season.

What's the history of The Rink?

The Rink was originally designed as a temporary attraction in 1936 to draw visitors to Rockefeller Center's outdoor plaza. By 1939, The Rink became a permanent fixture. Since then, it has evolved into one of the city’s most legendary landmarks and one of the most visited sites in Manhattan, hosting more than a quarter of a million skaters annually.

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