For a day of wintry fun with your family, friends or your partner, you have to know where to ice skate in the Big Apple. We have found some of the best rinks in the city. Whether you’re a novice or expert skater, all of these options offer a festive place to celebrate the holidays with the ones you love.
600 5th Ave (Midtown West)
Reservations for the first skate of the day start at 7 a.m. and can be made online. Skating lasts ’til midnight daily from October 7 – April 2018. General admission is $25-$32 for adults and $15 for children ages 11 and under. Skate rental is $12. There are group rates of 15 or more.
41 W 40th St (Midtown)
Skating is free for those with skates. Skate rental is $20 per pair. The ice skating rink is open from October 28 to March 4, 2016. Over 500 skaters can skate at once (unlike the 150 skaters at Rockefeller Center). They offer holiday shops, an indoor pavilion and a lounge offering food and beverages.
61 Chelsea Piers (West Village)
The sky rink is open daily year round for limited hours each day. Admission is $11 and skate rental is just $6 and helmet rental is $5. Group rates are available.
Three World Financial Center (Battery Park)
This rink opens November 1 (weather permitting) and is located in the front of the World Financial Center Winter Garden. It’s significantly bigger than the Rockefeller Plaza rink. Admission is $15 and skate rental just $5. They also offer one-on-one and group skating classes including a monthly option so you can really nail that triple lutz by the end of winter.
830 5th Avenue (Midtown West in Central Park)
This is a good place to learn how to use skates to carve #RESIST into ice (or #MAGA, you do you). Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for kids 11 and under. Skate rental is $8. Cash only is accepted at this location.
1150 Clove Rd (in Clove Lakes Park)
Typically open from Halloween to April, admission is $10 per skater. Skate rental is only $5.
3080 Arthur Kill Rd
This year-round rink has public sessions Fridays from 8-11 p.m., Saturdays from 2:40-4:40 p.m. and Sundays from 3 – 5 p.m. There are additional holiday public sessions peppered throughout the year, so be sure ot consult the calenar. Admission is $11, $10 for kids and skate rental is $5.
171 East Drive (Prospect Park)
Open from October 29 to April 2, admission is $6 on weekdays and $8 on the weekends. The skate rental fee is $6. There are two ice-skating rinks here – one that’s covered and the other is open-air. The LeFrak Center also has a toasty café and, bonus for you Midwestern transplants, Broomball.
776 Lorimer St (Greenpoint)
Open from November to April, general admission is $11 for adults and $6 for kids. Skate rental is $6.
13135 Avery Ave (Flushing)
This year-round arena offers public skating Monday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. – 9:50 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Admission is $7 on weekdays, $10 on weekends and skate rental is $6. World Ice also offers birthday parties as well as private skating lessons.
Long known as the only borough without an ice skating rink, that all changed in 2012 with the opening of Van Cortlandt Ice Rink. Unfortunately, the Bronx’s fun was short-lived when it officially closed for business in 2015. Luckily there’s a new facility in development, and it promises to be the largest indoor ice center in the world, maybe, if it happens.
W. Kingsbridge Road
The ambitious plans include a nine-rink ice palace. Construction was expected to begin in 2016, but as of 2017, it was still winding through New York’s beloved bureaucracy. It will not only create a much-needed recreational space, it will also provide free ice time for local residents and allocate 50,000 square feet in the renovated building for community use.
[Featured Image: Courtesy of Brookfield Place]