Ice skating in New York City is a favored pastime for locals and tourists alike. While the rink at Rockefeller Center is world famous, other rinks around the city can also provide all the fun you’re looking for this holiday season. Here are a few we recommend:
Trump Skating Rink in Central Park
At the heart of Central Park, Trump Rink provides pure wintery bliss.
830 Fifth Ave.; 212-439-6900, wollmanskatingrink.com
Holiday hours: Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Dec. 25-30, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Admission: Mon.-Thurs., adults: $11.25, youth (11 and under): $6, seniors: $5; Fri.-Sun., adults: $18, youth: $6, seniors: $9
Rentals: skates, $8; locks, $5 + $6 refundable deposit
Pro: Perfect for first-time skaters.
Con: At $18 for adults, it's a bit pricey on the weekends. Also, the rink does not rent out helmets.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Citi Pond, surrounded by the offices of midtown and the New York Public Library, is a fun and exciting experience for kids and adults alike.
Sixth Avenune and 42nd Street; 212-661-6640, bryantpark.org
Hours: Dec. 24-Dec. 31 — Sun.-Thurs., 8 a.m.- 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat., 8 a.m.-midnight; Jan. 1-March 2 - — 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Rentals: skates, $19; helmets, $6
Pro: It's free to skate!
Con: While the city is beautiful during the holidays, this rink provides less of a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of it all.
South Street Seaport SEE/CHANGE Ice Skating Rink
Come skate at this new rink and be a part of the rejuvenation of the Southstreet Seaport as it recovers from being ravaged last year by Superstorm Sandy.
19 Fulton St.; southstreetseaport.com
Hours: Through March 2— Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: $10; free for kids under 5
Skate rentals: $6
*Prices are subject to change
Pro: Residents who live in the 10038 and 10005 zip codes and have a valid ID receive 50% off admission and rentals.
Con: Skate sharpening is not available until further notice. Plus, since it's next to the river, you'll need to bundle up extra.
Samuel J. and Ethel Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park
After years of construction, Prospect Park has a new ice skating facility featuring two adjacent rinks (one is covered).
Enter at Prospect Park, Parkside or Ocean avenues or Lincoln Road. 212.661.6640,lakesideprospectpark.com
Holiday hours: Through Jan. 1 -- Mon.- Thurs, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission: $6 weekdays, $8 weekends and holidays. Free admission for children 12 and under on Mondays from 3-6 p.m. (excluding holidays).
Rentals: skates, $5; helmets, $5
Pro: With one covered rink, stay dry while skating in snow or rain. And the $5 skate rentals are a great bang for your buck.
Con: Unless you live in Brooklyn, Prospect Park may be a bit of a trek.
City Ice Pavilion
City Ice, an indoor rooftop rink, opened in 2009 in Long Island City.
47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City, Queens; 718-706-6667, cityicepavilion.com
Holiday hours: Dec. 24 & 25, 10:30 a.m.-5:20 p.m.; Dec. 26-Dec. 28, noon-5:20 p.m. & 7-9:50 p.m.; Dec. 29 noon-5:20 p.m.; Dec. 30, 1:30-5:20 p.m. & 7-9:50 p.m.; Dec. 31 & Jan. 1, 10:30 a.m.-5:20 p.m. & 7-9:50 p.m.
Admission: $5 Mon.-Fri.; $8 Sat. & Sun.; $8 holidays including all school vacation week
Rentals: skates, $5 per person; helmets, $2
Pro: This rink offers free 15-minute lessons at 1:45 and 2:30 p.m. on weekends.
Con: Being that it's enclosed, this rink doesn't provide the romantic city setting of some of the other rinks.