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NYC ice skating rinks: From Bryant Park to Queens, here's where to lace up

As winter weather blows in, it's time to lace up the skates and test those blades of glory.

Fortunately, NYC is home to plenty of places to skate, indoors and outside, that make this cold weather activity a cinch to take part in.

Scroll through to see where you can hit the ice around the city.

Not pictured: For those on Staten Island, check out the WWII Veterans War Memorial Ice Skating Rink at Clove Lakes Park (open from 4 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays). Coney Island folks can hit the Abe Stark Rink at the Boardwalk and West 19th Street (open through March 30 from 2 to 4 p.m.)

Winterland Rink at Pier 17

Now you can pair your ice skating with
Photo Credit: The Howard Hughes Corporation

Now you can pair your ice skating with some skyline views. An outdoor rink debuted Friday at the Rooftop at Pier 17, offering sights such as the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge and the East River from the top of the four-story Seaport District venue. In addition to daily ice skating at the seasonal installation, the rink will hold programming such as curling and broomball. Visitors to the rooftop rink also have access to bites and seasonal drinks at the Tank, a "warming hut," the new restaurant and lounge R17, and food trucks. ($10-14 Monday-Thursday, $16-22 with skate rental; $13-17 Friday-Sunday, $19-25 with skate rental; open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Seaport District, pier17ny.com)

The Rink at Bryant Park

An impressive collection of shops surrounds this free
Photo Credit: Jane Kratochvil

An impressive collection of shops surrounds this free ice rink in the middle of midtown, between 40th and 42nd streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues. Shop for your holiday gift needs, sample some local fare and work on those triple salchows.

Hours: The rink is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. until March 3.

Cost: Free; $20 for skate rentals. If you want to skip the line you can purchase an Express Skate for $30 per person.

Info: bryantpark.org

World Ice Arena, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

The World Ice Arena at Avery Avenue and
Photo Credit: World Ice Arena

The World Ice Arena at Avery Avenue and 131st Street in Queens is open all year and offers a large, indoor rink for a full schedule of public skating, speed skating, hockey, figure skating and more.

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. Friday, noon to 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9:50 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4:45 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $7 weekdays, $10 weekends; $6 skate rental

Info: worldice.com

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Just steps from NBC studios and the Rockettes
Photo Credit: Patina Restaurant Group / The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Just steps from NBC studios and the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, The Rink offers several seasonal activities for a truly New York experience.

Hours: Every day from 8:30 a.m. to midnight

Cost: $25 - $33 for adults depending on the time of year; $15 for children younger than 11 and seniors; skate rentals $13

Info: therinkatrockcenter.com

LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park

In Prospect Park, near the entrance at Parkside
Photo Credit: Michael Moran

In Prospect Park, near the entrance at Parkside and Ocean avenues, LeFrak Center at Lakeside consists of two open-air, connected rinks and is open through March 24 for Brooklynites who want to enjoy the great outdoors.

Hours: Covered rink: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; Uncovered rink (weather-permitting): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Cost:: $7.25 - $10 entry fee, $7 skate rental

Info: lakesidebrooklyn.com

Wollman Rink, Central Park

Skate with the Manhattan skyline behind you and
Photo Credit: iStock

Skate with the Manhattan skyline behind you and Central Park's beauty surrounding you at Wollman Rink at 63rd Street inside the park. It's open through April 7.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Cost: $12 adults ($19 Friday-Sunday and holidays), $6 ages 11 and younger; $10 skate rental

Info: wollmanskatingrink.com

Lasker Rink, Central Park

At the northernmost end of Central Park, near
Photo Credit: Trump-Lasker Rink

At the northernmost end of Central Park, near the entrance at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, sits Lasker Rink, which doubles as a swimming pool in the summer. Lasker has two oval rinks -- one for high school hockey and one for all ages. Check its schedule to see when the rink is open during the holiday season.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday; open through March 31.

Cost: $9 adults, $5 children, $8 skate rentals; cash only

Info: laskerrink.com

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