Its getting cold and now is the time for winter outdoor activities/sports. One such activity is ice skating. While there are a number of places to ice skate in New York City, the best places are in Midtown. The three top places are Wollman Rink in Central Park, The Rink at Rockefeller Center, and Citi Pond at Bryant Park. Read below for information on hours and pricing. Click on the links provided to find direction to all three replaces, or simply check the subway map. Bryant Park, Centrak Park, and Rockefeller Center are all on NYC Subway maps.
Wollman is the most famous outdoor skating rink in New York. Its in Central Park, close to the entrance at West 59th street and 6th avenue. The rink is for all levels of skaters, from amateurs to experienced professionals. Skating instruction is offered as well. As listed on Central Park.com, the hours of operations and fees are:
- Monday & Tuesday: 10:00am-2:30pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00am-10:00pm
- Friday & Saturday: 10:00am-11:00pm
- Sunday: 10:00am-9:00pm
- Adults: $10.75 Mon-Thurs; $16.00 Fri-Sun
- Children: (11 & under): $5.75 Mon-Thurs; $6.00 Fri-Sun
- Seniors: $4.75 Mon-Thurs; $8.25 Fri-Sun
- Skate Rentals: $6.75 (tax included)
- Lock Rental: $4.50 (plus $6.00 refundable deposit)
- Spectator Fee: $5.00
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
In the world famous Rockefeller Center, in addition to all the other forms of entertainment there, one can go skating outdoors at the Rink. Hours are daily from 7:00am to Midnight. Prices are $25 for adults, $15 for children under 11, $35 for a daily pass from 9am-6pm, and $10 for a skate rental.
Citi Pond at Bryant Park is an outdoor free ice skating rink in midtown, close to Times Square. Its got a super convenient location to transportation and to area entertainment. As mentioned on Bryant Park’s website:
- General Admission
- Skate Rental
- Locker Use
- Lock Purchase
- Bag Check
- Medium Bag – $7
- Large Bag – $10
- Skate Sharpening
This writer lives in New York and has been to all three ice skating rinks. These locations were selected on the basis of the facilities themselves and the convenience of the locations to hotels, transportation, restaurants, and entertainment.