Welcome to Holiday On Ice

Dear Readers:

A close friend was looking for fun activities to do with family members visiting New York City for Christmas.  This is actually their 2nd trip in recent years but they are still very excited.  They will also be bringing young children so whatever they do must be affordable and fun.  After a quick tour of the internet, we decided ice skating would be perfect.  Realizing that many be looking for similar activities, I thought this would be a nice post for today.

Before we proceed, please make note of the following:

  • Many ice skating rinks now suggest skaters have a helmet.
  • If you don’t have one, they can be rented for a fee.
  • Please note helmet rental fees vary.  Some start as low as $3 and go as high as $12.
  • Lastly, hours tend to vary this time of the year.  Please check with each site before you venture out.
Photo by Petercruise/FlickrCC

Photo by Petercruise/FlickrCC

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

With an impressive 80+year history, the Rink at Rockefeller Center is a favorite New York City destination for residents and tourists.  Rockefeller Center is quite busy this time of year and there is a 90-minute schedule so you may have to wait for a while.  Once inside, you will be transported to a winter wonderland.  For more information, please follow this link.

Prices: Adults $27 ($30 peak); Seniors/Children (under 11): $15.  Skate rental: $12
Hours: Open daily 8:30 am until midnight
Location: 600 Fifth Avenue
Nearest Subway: B, D, F, M to 47th-50th Streets/Rockefeller Center

Photo - Bryant Park Corp

Photo – Bryant Park Corp

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Considered to be one of Manhattan’s best locations for seasonal skating and admission is free. Open until March 2015, this is considered to be one of the best bets in Midtown without the crowds.  For more information, please follow this link.

Prices: Free admission. Skate rental: $15
Hours:  Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 8 am – midnight
Location: Between 40th and 42nd Streets & 5th and 6th Avenues
Nearest Subway: 7 to 5th Avenue; B, D, F, M to 42nd Street/Bryant Park

Photo by tomasfano/Flickr cc

Photo by tomasfano/Flickr cc

Trump Rink in Central Park

Located in beautiful Central Park, with an added bonus of New York’s breathtaking skyline, Donald Trump’s ice skating rink is open from late October until early April.  Like Rockefeller Center, this rink is a favorite destination for New York City residents and tourists so please be prepared to wait.  For more information, and to confirm public skating hours, please follow this link.

Prices: Adults: Monday through Thursday $11.25; Children: (under 11) $6; Seniors: $5
Friday through Sunday and Holidays, Adults: 18; Children: $6 (under 11); Seniors: $9.  Skate Rental: $8 and Locker Rental: $11 (includes a $6 refundable deposit)
Cash only – no credit cards
Hours: Monday and Tuesday 10 am – 2:30 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 11 pm, Sundays 10 am to 9 pm
Location: 59th Street and 6th Avenue
Nearest Subway: A, B, C, D, 1, 9 to 59th Street; N, R to 5th Avenue; B, Q to 57th Street

Photo by The Standard

Photo by The StandardThe Standard Ice Rink

The Standard Ice Rink

Located in New York Cit’s Meat Packing District, this “miniature” skating rink is open for only a few months each year. While children are most certainly welcome, this venue is geared towards adults, especially in the evening when the rink takes on a party atmosphere.  For more information please click here.

Prices: Adults: $12; Children $6.  Skate rental: $3
Hours: Weekdays noon until midnight and weekends 9 am until 1 am
Location: 848 Washington at 13th Street
Nearest Subway: L to 8th Avenue, A, C, E to 14th Street

Photo by Trump Org.

Photo by Trump Org.

Trump Lasker Rink

Trump Lasker Rink, on the north end of Central Park, is far less  crowded than Wollman Rink.  Many sources confirm this is the perfect place to take professional classes due to the limited crowd size.  Public hours vary due to the Rink’s many hockey programs.  As many classes are held throughout the week, please be sure to do a little homework before you head out.  For more information, please click here.

Prices: Adults: $7.50; Children: $4.00; Seniors $2.25.  Skate rental: $6.50
Hours: Please remember to refer to the site for special holiday hours.
Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Friday – 10:00 am – 4:50 pm and 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Saturday 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Sunday 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: 110th Street and Lexington Avenue
Nearest Subway: 2, 3 to 110th Street; C, B to 110th Street

Photo by Fred George

Photo by Fred George

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

The Sky Rink, at Pier 61, is open year-round, 7 days a week to skaters (novices and professionals) of all ages. This twin rink facility is also home to the Sky Rink Skating school.  There is so much to do at Chelsea Piers.  This is well worth a visit.  Given the various programs, which change frequently, please visit the Sky Rink at Chelsea Pier’s site by following this link.

Prices: Admission $10. Skate rental: $5
Hours: Given the various programs, please visit the website. 
Location: Pier 61, Hudson River Greenway at 23rd Street
Nearest Subway: A, C to 23rd Street

Photo by City Ice Pavilion

Photo by City Ice Pavilion

City Ice Pavilion

City Ice is a fabulous roof-top skating facility in Long Island City and is open year-round. The “Pavilion” boasts an NHL-size rink and offers public skating and hockey programs for youths and adults.  It is also home to the City Ice Pavilion Skating School — a favorite of New York City residents from all boroughs.  Given the various programs, which change frequently, please visit City Ice Pavilion’s website by following this link http://cityicepavilion.com

Prices: Weekdays: $6; Weekends and Holidays: $9.  Skate Rental: $5
Hours: Varies due to programs
Location: 47-32 32nd Place
Nearest Subway: 7 to 33rd Street; E, R to Queens Plaza

Photo by Riverbank State Park

Photo by Riverbank State Park

Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

Riverbank State Park is in the Hamilton Heights enclave of Manhattan.  This spectacular park is a  28-acre structure that rises 69 feet above the beautiful Hudson River.  This is a state-of-the-art facility with a covered roller-skating rink that, in the winter, transforms into an ice skating rink.  For more information, please click here.

Prices: Adults: $5; Children (age not specified) $3. Skate Rental: $6
Hours: Open November through March
Fridays 6 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm.
Location: 679 Riverside Drive
Nearest Subway: A, B, C,D to 145th Street/St. Nicholas Avenue; 1 to 145th Street

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Abe Stark Rink at the Coney Island Boardwalk

The Abe Stark Rink is located next to the famous Coney Island Boardwalk.  A hidden gem in Brooklyn’s sparkling crown, this public skating is available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from mid-October through late March.  Ice Hockey and Ice Skating classes are also available.  For more information please follow this link.  Once here, please click on attractions and follow the link to Abe Stark Rink.

Admission: $10 (adults, children 12 and under, seniors). Skate Rental $5
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Coney Island Boardwalk and W. 19th Street

Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

McCarren Rink

When the McCarren Pool reopened in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn 2 years ago, the New York City Parks Department decided to install an ice-skating rink to fill the winter lull in activity.  McCarren Rink, which is 7200 square feet of ice in the center of the pool area, is truly a beautiful sight.  For more information, please follow this link.

Prices: Adults: $11; Students and Seniors: $6;  Skate Rental $6
Hours: Monday through Friday 12:00 pm – 10 pm
Saturday 10 am – 1 pm, Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm
Location: 768 Lorimer Street
Nearest Subway: G to Nassau Avenue; L to Bedford Avenue

Photo: dbox/NYC Parks Department

Photo: dbox/NYC Parks Department

LeFrak Center at Lakeside Rink, Prospect Park

On December 20, 2014, Lakeside Rink will celebrate its 1st anniversary.  Last year, this $74 million project, which includes two rinks (one covered and one open air) and 32,000 square feet for skating, opened to the public with great fanfare and with good reason.  Lakeside Rink was the first new structure to be built in Prospect Park since the 1960s.  If you are near Prospect Park, be sure to check out Brooklyn’s newest gem.  For more information, please click here.

Prices: Weekdays: $6; Weekends $8; Children under 12: Free.  Skate Rental $5
Hours: Monday through Thursdays: 11 am to 6:00 pm, Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 10 pm, Sunday 9 am to 8 pm.
Location: Use the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to Prospect Park
Nearest Subway: B, Q to Parkside Avenue

Happy Holidays!


Information on the Top 11 Ice Skating Rinks in New York City – Newyork.com

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