New York City Holds the Best Places to Ice Skate this Winter

The holidays may be over but winter has only just begun! Now that you’re done worrying about shopping for presents and putting together the perfect NYE outfit, unwind and de-stress while ice skating! Don’t worry, there’s plenty of options.

Central Park

The most famous park in New York City has two separate ice skating rinks open to the public. Wollman Rink is located at the southern end of the Park, on the East Side between 62nd and 63rd Streets. Skating on Wollman Rink has been a winter tradition for tourists and New Yorkers since 1858. Or maybe you’ve seen Wollman Rink featured in films like Love Story and Serendipity!

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Lasker Rink and Pool opened to the public in 1966. Located in Mid-Park between 106th and 108th Streets, it’s the perfect place for your child’s birthday party or to finally take those skating lessons you’ve been thinking about.Skate and locker rentals are available at both rinks.

Bryant Park

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park includes their ice skating rink which is open until March 5th. The rink is available for parties and events, they also offer lessons and skate sharpening!

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Rockefeller Center

The skating rink at Rockefeller Center celebrated its 80th birthday this past year! The rink first opened on Christmas day on 1936. 2006 Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen helps the Today Show kick off the skating season!

Don’t worry though, you don’t need to be a pro to have a good time on the rink at Rockefeller Center. You can visit the rink through April anytime from 9am-10:30pm. Ice skating in New York City is a tradition that is upheld every year by thousands. It’s the perfect winter activity for family, friends, and couples. If you’re lucky you might even witness a proposal on the ice.


Spin, skate and twirl your way through winter on the ice! Don’t forget to follow CitySightSeeing New York on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your ice skating experiences with us and you could be featured in our next blog!

Written by Taylor Hoblitzell


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