Winter is coming, which means both New Yorkers and New York visitors will soon start looking for ways to stay active in the cold.
One of the best active ways to spend a winter weekend is to go ice skating. But where to go? Luckily, this is New York, the city of everything, and each borough has at least two rinks to choose from. Here are some of our favorites:
The Rink at Rockefeller Center
600 5th Ave, New York, NY 10020
This nice rink in the middle of Manhattan is a great place to bring a date or the whole family, but it’s pricey. Skate rental will cost you $12 and general admission is $25 for adults and $11 for seniors and children under 11. Prices go up even higher during the holiday season, as well as on other peak days.
Skating times are divided into 90-minute sessions that run from 8:30 a.m. to midnight, with half-hour breaks between each session. The 2015 season will start on October 10 and it lasts until April. Half-hour skating lessons are also available at $50 a pop, which includes the price of admission. Keep in mind that The Rink is fairly small and often crowded with tourists, so be prepared to wait in line.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
41 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018
This rink used to be called Citi Pond at Bryant Park. It’s the same as it was then, just owned by a different bank. Winter Village admission is free as long you have your own skates, which seems great until you notice all the other charges: If you have to rent skates, it’ll cost you $15 ($19 during the holiday season — November 26-January 4). You will also need to pay $9 for a lock if you want to store your belongings while you skate. (Or you can get same lock for $6.50 through our Online Shopping service.) Bag check is an additional fee as well, and it will cost between $8-$10 — depending on the size of the bag. Skate lessons are available for $60 per 30-minute session. Winter Village isn’t as free as it claims to be, but it is bigger than the rink at Rockefeller Center, so you’ll have more space to skate.
E62nd St./5th Ave (inside of Central Park)
Wollman Rink is one of two ice rinks in Central Park. It’s located on the park’s southeast side and it’s a perfect place to skate if the weather cooperates. The price varies, depending on the day. From Monday-Thursday, admission is $11.25 for adults and $6 for children under 11 (seniors can skate for $5). On weekends and holidays, Wollman will cost $18, $6 and $9, respectively. Skate rental costs $8. Keep in mind that skating sessions end early on Monday and Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. The rink is open all other days from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
2 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10026 (use this address to enter the park)
Lasker is the other low budget rink in Central Park and it’s even cheaper than Wollman. Adult admission costs $7.50, kids pay $4 and seniors can skate for just $2.25. The rink is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with extended hours on Friday (10 a.m. – 4:50 p.m., 6 p.m – 9:30 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
The Rink at Brookfield Place
200 Vesey St, New York, NY 10285
This place is a hidden gem. No other rink offers such a nice view as Brookfield Place. It operates on the same schedule as the Rockefeller rink, with 90-minute intervals between skating sessions. Admission is $15 with skate rental costs $5. The rink is fairly small, but it’s worth visiting just for the gorgeous view of the city.